Student's Manuscript Published in BioEssays

Aishwarya Gurumurthy, graduate student in Dr. Jörg Bungert's lab, was honored to have her manuscript published in BioEssays. Additionally, her article was selected to be featured on the cover of the January issue of the journal. Her article is entitled Phase Separation and Transcription Regulation: Are Super-Enhancers and Locus Control Regions Primary Sites of Transcription Complex Assembly.


The author list includes the following:

Aishwarya Gurumurthy, Yong Shen, Eliot M. Gunn
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine, UF Health Cancer Center, Genetics Institute, Powell Gene Therapy Center, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA

Jörg Bungert                                  Corresponding Author
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine, UF Health Cancer Center, Genetics Institute, Powell Gene Therapy Center, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA  

Congratulations, Aishwarya, on this outstanding achievement!


Fall 2018

College of Medicine

Graduating Class of
Ph.D. and Masters Students

Graduates of the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Concentration

From left to right: Dr. Jörg Bungert, Program Director; Dr. Susan Frost, faculty mentor; graduates Mam Mboge (Ph,D.), Srishti Singh (Masters), and Carrie Lomelino (Ph.D.); Dr. Rob McKenna, faculty mentor; Dr. Matt Merritt, Program Coordinator; Dr. Bert Flanegan, Chair of the Department. Not pictured: Graduate Bihan Wang (Masters).



Dr. Joeva Barrow

2013 Graduate of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


This month’s featured alumni is Dr. Joeva Barrow, a 2013 graduate, who is an assistant professor of Molecular Nutrition and Biochemistry at Cornell University. Her primary responsibilities are to maintain a successful extramurally-funded research program as well as to teach graduate level courses in Nutrition and Biochemistry.

Dr. Barrow’s research program centers around mitochondrial biology with a specific focus on mitochondrial disease and associated metabolic disorders such as obesity. We use unbiased high throughput discovery platforms such as small molecule and genome-wide CRISPR editing screens to identify and characterize novel regulatory factors that can be leveraged towards the treatment of metabolic disease.

Joeva describes her educational experience within the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UF as being “paramount to my success. The combination of rigorous coursework, in addition to the advanced laboratory techniques and mentoring that I received from the laboratory of Dr. Jörg Bungert, has shaped me into the scientist that I am today. Ever since receiving the Boyce Research Competition award from the Biochemistry department in 2012, I have strived to achieve the level of excellence that is expected from our Biochemistry alumni. Now many years later, I am still very proud to have come from arguably the best department (!!) in the BMS program."

Joeva says she lives “happily in Ithaca, New York, with my husband (also a UF alum) and our two children. We miss and think of UF often, especially when it is cold and snowing here! I look forward to the next generation of brilliant scientists the Biochemistry Department will produce in the future.”

CoM Research Poster Session


 2019 College of Medicine Research Poster Session

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Poster Session & Reception
Stephen C. O’Connell Center
5:30 – 8:30PM

Abstracts are being accepted now:
Submission Deadline: Wed, January 9, 2019

Office of Research Affairs






Dr. Felicitas Bidlack
Associate Member of Staff

Forsyth Institute & Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Monday, January 28 - 4:00pm
DeWeese Auditorium/McKnight Brain Institute     LG-101A




Save-the-Date - Monday, February 11
Dr. Kai Ge
Senior Investigator and Section Chief
Bethesda, MD



Wednesdays     4:00pm     ARB R3-265

Dr. Matthew Merritt                January 9
Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Dr. Kelly Rice                  January 16
Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology and Cell Science

Dr. Robert McKenna        January 23

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dr. Gilbert Upchurch     January 30
Professor and Chair
Department of Surgery



Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Tuesdays    4:00pm    ARB R3-265

                                  Jan. 15      Carl Shotwell        
                                  Jan. 22      Alec Brown
                                  Jan. 29      Graduate Recruitment

Structural Biology

Mondays     3:00pm     ARB R3-265

Schedule TBA


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