Using Cancer’s Strength to Fight Against It

Jaehyuk Choi, MD, PhD

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Kimberly Prize Winner Named

Renowned biochemist Craig M. Crews, PhD, wins 2024 prize

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New Human Gene Cluster Sequence Discovered

Marc Morgan, PhD and Saeid Parast, PhD

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Chandel 2023 Lurie Prize Recipient

Awarded by the FNIH for outstanding research in biomedical science

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Ali Shilatifard, PhD & Shana Kelley, PhD

Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Our Department

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics is dedicated to providing cutting-edge research and education that improves our understanding of the structure and function of genes on a molecular level and of the chemical processes within and related to living organisms and ideas pathogenesis.

Spotlights

Lillian Eichner, PhD

Lillian Eichner, PhD

V-Foundation Scholar recipient for her research on Elucidating LKB1-specific vulnerabilities in therapeutic resistance in lung cancer!

Shannn Laberh, PhD

Shannon Lauberth, PhD

Research Scholar and funding recipient from the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation to support her research on RNA based therapeutics for treatment of colorectal cancer!

Lillian Eichner, PhD

Lillian Eichner, PhD

Recipient of an American Cancer Society (ACS) Mission Boost Grant titled "Combination Targeted Therapy Approach for KRAS, LKB1-mutant Lung Cancer"

L Wang, PhD

Lu Wang, PhD

Recipient of a US Department of Defense (DOD) grant. The goal of the grant is to further characterize the function of the new gene C11orf53 we identified in lung cancer.

Zib Zha, PhD

Zibo Zhao, PhD

Recipient of the Lefkofsky foundation grant titled "Catalytic inhibition of COMPASS: development of a novel approach for metastatic breast cancer therapy"

Brianna Mnre, MS

Brianna Monroe, MS

Receives four awards in the BioCommunications BioImages Competition!

Top Left: Award of Excellence Top Right: Image of Distinction Bottom Left: Image of Merit Bottom Right: Image of Merit

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Ali Shilaifard, PhD

Ali Shilatifard, PhD

Recipient of the 2022 National Cancer Institute Outstanding Investigator Award

Marc Mendill, PhD

Marc Mendillo, PhD

Assistant Professor Marc Mendillo, PhD, receives NIH/NIGMS R01 grant. Title: Regulation and interplay of Heat Shock Factors in growth-associated proteotoxic stresses

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Clara Peek, PhD

Clara Peek, PhD

Assistant Professor Clara Peek, PhD, receives NIH/NIDDK R01 grant. Title: Clock Control of Muscle Glucose Metabolism and HIF Activity

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Lillian Eichner, PhD

Lillian Eichner, PhD

Assistant Professor Lillian Eichner, PhD, receives the NCI Transition Career Development Award (K22)

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L Wang, PhD

Lu Wang, PhD

Assistant Professor Lu Wang, PhD, receives NIGMS Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) (R35)

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Issam Ben-Sahra, PhD

Issam Ben-Sahra, PhD

Assistant Professor Issam Ben-Sahra, PhD, receives NIH/NIGMS R01 grant funding. Title: Regulation of de novo purine synthesis by the MAPK/ERK pathway

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Mara Iwanaszk, PhD

Marta Iwanaszko, PhD

Research Assistant Professor Marta Iwanaszko, PhD, receives NCI R50 funding. Title: Computational Approaches for Studying Transcription Elongation Control in Cancer

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Research Resources

Publications

Browse our archive of recent publications to catch up on the latest discoveries from within our laboratories.

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Basic Science Labs

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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Simpson Querrey, 7th Floor
303 E. Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

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Basic Science Administration

Our department is supported by the Basic Science Administration group. The team provides assistance related to research and financial administration, professional affairs, facilities and communications.

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