Chemistry and Biochemistry



Biochemistry is the chemistry of living systems, or the study of what living systems are composed of and how they function at the molecular level. As a discipline, Biochemistry lies at the nexus of Chemistry and Biology, and seeks to understand the physicochemical basis for the traits of life, including metabolism, heredity, and all aspects of physiology and pathophysiology. The science of Biochemistry broadly includes molecular biology, as well as bioorganic, bioinorganic, and biophysical chemistry; and it relates to all biomedical fields including immunology, neurobiology, cancer biology, pharmacology, and developmental biology.

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Joshua L. Andersen


For more information about research in the Andersen Lab and living in Provo, click here: The Andersen Lab, Living in Provo. The health of an organism is linked to the tightly regulated balance between cell proliferation and cell death. Any aberrant tilt in this balance can lead to devastating human diseases. For example, excessive proliferation unbalanced by cell death leads to cancer. ...

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Kenneth A. Christensen


Dr. Christensen’s lab works in the fields of biochemistry and bioanalytical chemistry. His lab develops methods that apply optical spectroscopy, time-lapse microscopy, and other current analytical and biophysical techniques to questions in biochemistry, biophysics, cell and microbiology.  A current area of research in my lab grew out of our discovery several years ago that the anthrax toxin receptors capillary morphogenesis ...

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Steven W. Graves


For more information about research in the Graves Lab, click here.  Serum proteomics to identify biomarkers of human disease.  Over the past few years, I (in conjunction with collaborators at the University of Utah Medical School) have explored quantitative differences in serum proteins, peptides, and lipids in pregnant women who went on to experience a preterm birth in their pregnancy compared ...

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James D. Moody


Protein engineering to accelerate scientific discovery   Currently we are working to develop generalizable protein engineering-based methods to facilitate protein structure determination by X-ray crystallography.   Moody laboratory approach                                                        X-ray crystallography allows us ...

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John C. Price


Price Lab Group   My research explores mechanisms used by living cells to control the synthesis and degradation of protein.  Specifically, we use mass spectrometry and stable isotopes to label newly synthesized molecules with a time dependent tag.  This allows us to measure both in vivo concentrations, and replacement rate. With a mass spectrometer, the time-dependent stable isotope enrichment can be ...

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Pam Van Ry


Identification of Protein Therapies for Muscular DystrophyThe muscular dystrophies are a group of progressive degenerative muscle wasting diseases that vary in age of onset, phenotype, cause, severity and life span. Many of the treatment options for these diseases have not resulted in substantial quality of life treatment options desperately needed for patients and families. The goal of my lab is ...

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Richard K. Watt


BIOINORGANIC CHEMISTRY Watt Research Lab Group Biological systems require trace amounts of transition metal ions to sustain life. Transition metal ions are required at the active sites of many enzymes for catalytic activity.  In fact, transition metals catalyze some of the most energetically demanding reactions in biology.  Unfortunately, these highly reactive metal ions also catalyze reactions that are dangerous for ...

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Barry M. Willardson


The Willardson Lab Mechanisms of Assembly of Signaling Complexes Most cellular functions are performed by proteins associated together into complexes. In fact, many proteins cannot even exist in the cell without their binding partners.  These protein complexes often require the help of other proteins, called chaperones, to bring the complexes together.  This is certainly the case for protein complexes involved ...

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