As a basic science department, Biological Chemistry is the key to our future and prosperity. Research in biological chemistry is the engine of innovation, growth and progress at the molecular level of medicine.

Mission – Biological Chemistry continues to:
Be innovative in research and education
Be collaborative to face all challenges
Be fiscally frugal and operate within means

Vision – Biological Chemistry will:
Strive to be outstanding and produce meaningful research results

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Open recruitment for One Tenure-Track Position:

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Congratulations to our ARCS/Roche Scholar

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Roche Award Competition for 2014-15
Elyse Van-Spyke from the Bogi Andersen’s lab has been selected as the School of Medicine’s awardee

Congratulations to our Graduate Students who recently received a fellowship

California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Training Grant
Alvaro P. Villarreal Ponce from Professor Xing Dai’s Laboratory has been appointed to this training grant for 2nd year.

California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Training Grant
Michael Salmans from Professor Bogi Andersen’s Laboratory has been appointed to this training grant.





Read all about it - Recently Published BC/UCI papers.


From Paolo Sassone-Corsi Laboratory
Publication in Cell: Partitioning circadian transcription by SIRT6 leads to segregated control of cellular metabolism
UCI Press release:

From Ellis Levin Laboratory
Publication in Developmental Cell: Membrane-Localized Estrogen Receptor α Is Required for Normal Organ Development and Function

Publication in Hormones and Cancer: Translating extranuclear steroid receptor signaling to clinical medicine

From Yi-Hong Zhou Laboratory
Another paper of Yuanjie (1st author, part of his dissertation) has moved out of Advance Publications and onto the front cover of their Current Issue:

Current Seminars/Symposiums








Biological Chemistry 2014/2015 Seminar Schedule (PDF)














We have established a Departmental Facebook page


UCI Biological Chemistry Department

1/2015 Epigenetics Day on Monday, January 12, 2015!
7/2014 Paolo Sassone-Corsi Lab in UCI News: Strict genomic partitioning by biological clock separates key metabolic functions
6/2014 UCI Center for Epigenetics & Metabolism and King Abdullah University of Science & Technology forge a research partnership
3/2014 Dr. Sassone Corsi is featured in the March issue of the OC Register: "Time Traveler: UCI Scientist Paolo Sassone-Corsi is OC's Circadian Rhythm King"
1/2014 Leslie Thompson named fellow of the AAAS for 2014

Dr. Paolo Sassone-Corsi is featured in Dean’s Quarterly Newsletter: Epigenetics Control and Cellular Plasticity Symposium draws world’s leading genetic researchers

12/2013 Dr. Paolo Sassone-Corsi is featured in UC Irvine News: “Nutrition influences metabolism through circadian rhythms, UCI study finds
reprogramming of liver ‘clock’ may contribute to metabolic disorders
12/12-12/13, 2013 2nd Symposium on "Epigenetic Control and Cellular Plasticity" held at the Beckman Center in Irvine, CA.
9/2013 California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Training Grant
Alvaro P. Villarreal Ponce from Professor Xing Dai’s Laboratory
has been appointed to this training grant.
7/2013 Dr. Suzanne B. Sandmeyer was appointed by the Chancellor to the Grace B. Bell Chair of Biological Chemistry, effective July 1, 2013. For more info, click here.
05/2013 Dr. Rob Steele and Dr. Leslie Thompson were recently awarded an EXCELLENCE IN BASIC SCIENCE TEACHING AWARD for 2012-2013.
04/2013 Deanna Church, who received her PhD in John Wasmuth's lab and is now a scientist at the NCBI, discusses the Reference Genome
04/2013 Dr. Wen-Hwa Lee, Donald Bren Professor of Biological Chemistry, is among 13 UCI researchers named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)