Department of Biochemistry

Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Here you will find descriptions of the research interests of our faculty, links to their web pages and publications, research resources available to researchers in the department, courses available for study toward the Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, additional research information, course descriptions and research facilities.

Biochemistry provides molecular knowledge and chemical insights for the biomedical sciences. A major focus of research and training in the Department of Biochemistry is the atomic interactions that give form and specificity to biological function. Within this context, the research programs in the department explore the structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids including the analysis of protein-inhibitor, protein-protein, and protein-nucleic acid interactions.

The faculty of our department use, and in some cases have developed, modern methodologies including X-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), mass spectrometry proteomics, protein footprinting, molecular genetics and epigenetics manipulation, enzymology, and computational chemistry. These methods are applied to important problems of human health and development.

Our research programs encompass human diseases and disorders related to immunology, cancer, diabetes, liver function, antibiotic design, antibiotic resistance, assignment of gene function from genome projects, protein folding and dynamic motion, regulation and organization of the cellular cytoskeleton, regulation and coordination of cellular and genomic processes, protein post-translational modifications, and functions of expressed genes in cells and mice.

The Department of Biochemistry is recognized as a world-leader in many of these research areas.