Snapshot of Kilberg Youtube Video

Biochemistry researchers target brain cell disorder

University of Florida Health researchers are using cells from patients and patients’ family members to understand why an enzyme deficiency does not allow brain cells to develop and grow normally. The disorder, known as asparagine synthetase deficiency (ASD) , affects children and was only identified several years ago.  Biochemistry professors, Michael S. Kilberg, Ph.D., Robert McKenna, Ph.D., and two doctoral students, Carrie Lomelino and Jacob Andring, recently published a paper about ASD’s function, structure and role in disease.


Jana Jenquin

Jana Jenquin awarded certificate of excellence at CNG Symposium

Jana, a graduate student in Dr. Andy Berglund’s lab, received a certificate of excellence for her excellent research poster at The Center for NeuroGenetics 3rd annual international Brainstorm Symposium.




Lauren Douma, PhD, is a 2016 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology graduate from Dr. Linda Bloom's lab. Lauren is currently a postdoctoral fellow working in Dr. Michelle Gumz's and Dr. Brian Cain's labs.

We are excited to share that Lauren just recently had a first author paper accepted for publication in the American Journal of Physiology, Renal Physiology entitled Renal Na Handling Defect Associated with PER1-Dependent Non-Dipping Hypertension in Male Mice

Lauren has also been invited to attend the 17th Annual Southern Society for Clinical Investigation Nephrology Young Investigators' Forum in New Orleans this month, and she is a finalist for the Basic Research Award! 

Congratulations, Lauren, on these significant accomplishments! We are pleased to be able to recognize you and your work in this first-ever monthly article featuring our alumni.


Annual Graduate Student Recruitment

On January 21st - 23rd, the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology concentration hosted four prospective students at one of two annual spring recruiting events. During these two days, the students were invited for interviews, taken on tours through the labs and had opportunities to engage one-on-one with faculty and current students regarding the research opportunities offered through the BMB concentration of the graduate program in Biomedical Sciences.

On the second day, there was a Biomedical Sciences Exposition in which our BMB concentration participated in a poster session expounding on the wide spectrum of the molecular biosciences in which our students can receive laboratory training.

The next recruitment event date is February 4-6, 2018, where more students will be interviewed. The students we are recruiting at this time will be joining us in the Fall of this year.

2018 Celebration of Research - February 19 & 20

2018 Celebration of Research -
February 19 & 20

The UF COM Celebration of Research is a wonderful opportunity for us to reflect on the strength of our research programs and appreciate the breadth, quality, and merit of the science conducted within the College.





Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Journal Club
Special Invited Guest Speaker



Monday, February 12, 2018
4:00 - 5:00pm               CGRC-451A


Seminar Series

Monday, February 26, 2018
4:00 - 5:00pm     MBI     DeWeese Auditorium     LG 101A



Wednesdays     4:00pm     ARB R3-265

                           February 7          Dr. Michael Kilberg

                           February 14        Dr. Mingyi Xie

                           February 21        Dr. Mavis Agbandje-McKenna
                           February 28        Dr. Joanna Long  


Structural Biology

Mondays, 3:00pm, ARB R3-265

                            February 5          Graduate Recruiting
                            February 12        Nikea PIttman
                            February 19        Avni Bhatt
                            February 26        Mam Mboge


Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Tuesdays, 4:00pm, ARB R3-265

                            February 6          Graduate Recruiting

                            February 13        Eliot Gunn 

                            February 20        COM Celebration of Research

                            February 27        Rotation Talks


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