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We congratulate all our graduates on earning their degrees in Biochemistry and Biophysics!

Here is a list of our seven graduates from August 2022 to December 2022.

August 2022 graduates

Jeffery Bonin dressed in a tux
Jeff Bonin PhD

Jeffrey Paul Bonin, Biochemistry and Biophysics,
Dynamic Allostery in Substrate Binding by Human Thymidylate
Advisor: Professor Andrew Lee
Dr. Bonin’s News 

Rhese Thompson PhD
Rhese Thompson PhD

Rhese Thompson, Biochemistry and Biophysics,
Tuning the Conformational Dynamics of Diverse RNAs.
Advisor: Professor Qi Zhang
Dr. Thompson’s News 

Kacey Abigail Davis in red shirt by a lab
Kacey Abigail Davis MS

Kacey Abigail Davis, Biochemistry and Biophysics
Kacey Davis’ Linked in Profile

December 2022 graduates

Jimmy Fay PhD
Jimmy Fay PhD

James Michael Fay, Biochemistry and Biophysics,
The Nanoformulation of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor
and Reformulation With PEG-Free Polymers.
Advisor: Professor Alexander Kabanov.
Dr. Fay’s News 

Reem Hakeem
Reem Hakeem phD

Reem Mansoor Ahmed Hakeem, Biochemistry and Biophysics,
A Photopolymerizable Hydrogel System to Study Molecular
Mechanisms Underlying Distinct Modes of Fibroblast Cell
Durotaxis on Multiple Stiffness Gradients.
Advisor: Professor James Bear.
Dr. Hakeem’s News 

Rodney Park PhD
Rodney Park PhD

Rodney Allen Park, Biochemistry and Biophysics,
Design and Application of Substrate Recruitment Domains in Enzymes.
Advisor: Professor Brian Kuhlman.
Dr. Park’s News 

Nate Wesley PhD standing by his defense presentation
Nate Wesley PhD

Nathaniel A. Wesley, Biochemistry and Biophysics,
Characterization of Chromatin Interactions Using TR-FRET.
Advisor: Professor Robert McGinty.
Dr. Wesley’s News 

In addition, there are many more graduates from our labs who received degrees from other programs.

We wish you all the best! We know that each of you has been trained to make an impact in the field of biochemical and biophysical research. We inspire you to find tomorrow’s cures by decoding the molecular basis of life. Congratulations to each and every one of you!

UNC’s list of graduates

About Us

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Our areas of research excellence include studies of genomic integrity, the dynamic biochemistry of chromatin, cell signaling and cell cycle control, epigenetics, proteomics, and enzymology. Many diseases are impacted by our basic research: cancer, cardiovascular disease (thrombosis, atherosclerosis), cystic fibrosis, neurological diseases, HIV, and other viral diseases. Basic research specialties include nuclear processes (chromatin biochemistry, DNA replication, repair, recombination, remodeling, transcription, and cell cycle regulation) cell signaling, cell adhesion, platelet biology, protein trafficking, retroviruses, protein and RNA structure, protein design, proteomics, and computational biology.

We have close ties to other UNC programs and departments, including the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Neuroscience Center, the Integrative Program for Biological & Genome Sciences, the Cystic Fibrosis/Pulmonary Diseases Research and Treatment Center, UNC Blood Research Center, and the Center for AIDS Research.