Dec 08, 2021  
Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 
Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


About the Department 

The interdisciplinary program in Biochemistry  is jointly administered and staffed by members of the Biological Sciences  and Chemistry departments. The master’s degree is offered as a terminal degree. Both first-year courses and advanced courses are available at Hunter College and/or at the Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

Programs and Courses

Programs and Courses in Biochemistry 

Administration and Faculty

Department Offices:

Biological Sciences:

927 North
(212) 772-5293


Shirley Raps
927 North


1307 North (212) 772-5330



Hiroshi Matsui
1319 North

Graduate Advisers:

Roger Persell (Department of Biology)
912 North
(212) 772-4106

Yujia Xu (Department of Chemistry)
1304C North
(212) 772-4310


Biological Sciences

Jesus Angulo,  Professor; PhD, CUNY; Molecular Mechanisms of Drug-Induced Toxicity and Cell Death in the Brain

Jill Bargonetti-Chavarria,  Professor; Ph.D, CUNY; The Role of p53 in Tumorigenesis

Derrick Brazill, Associate Professor; PhD, California (Berkeley); The Signal Transduction of Cell Density Sensing

Robert Dottin, Professor; Ph.D, Toronto; Regulation of Gene Expression by Signal Transduction

Laurel Eckhardt, Marie L. Hesselbach Professor; Ph.D, Stanford; Molecular Genetics of Lymphocyte Development and Function

Maria Figueiredo-Pereira, Professor; PhD, NYU; The Ubiquitin Pathway & Neurodegeneration

Marie Filbin, Distinguished Professor; PhD, Bath (England); Myelin Formation & Inhibitory Molecules in Myelin

David Foster, Rosalyn Yalow Professor of Biology and Biochemistry; PhD, Columbia; Oncogenes and Signal Transduction

Benjamin Ortiz, Associate Professor; PhD, Stanford; Chromatin, Transcription and Immune System Development

Patricia Rockwell, Associate Professor; PhD, CUNY; signal transduction and gene expression associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Thomas Schmidt-Glenewinkel, Associate Professor; Dr Phil Nat, Frankfort (Germany); Neurotransmitter Receptors and Ion Channels in Drosophila Melanogaster


Joseph J. Dannenberg, Professor; PhD, California Institute of Technology; Organic and Physical Chemistry; Biophysics

Charles M. Drain, Professor; PhD, Tufts; Bioinorganic Chemistry; Adjunct Faculty, Rockefeller University;Photodynamic Therapies of Cancer, Infections, and Other Diseases

Lynn Francesconi, Professor; PhD, Illinois; Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Chemistry, Radiochemistry

Dixie J. Goss, Gertrude B. Elion Endowed Scholar and Professor; PhD, Nebraska; Biophysical Chemistry, Role of RNA structure in regulation of iron homeostasis and viral protein synthesis 

Nancy Greenbaum, Professor; PhD, Pennsylvania; Biochemistry, Biophysical chemistry, RNA folding 

Wayne W. Harding, Assistant Professor; PhD, West Indies; Synthesis and Evaluation of CNS-active Natural Products

Akira Kawamura, Associate Professor; PhD, Columbia; Bioorganic Chemistry, Genomics

Frida Kleiman, Associate Professor; PhD, Nat. University of Cordoba, Argentina; Biochemistry, Mechanisms of Response to DNA Damage by Nuclear Factors

Louis Massa, Professor; PhD, Georgetown; Physical Chemistry, Biophysics, Calculating the quantum mechanical electronic states of biological molecules of known crystal structure

Hiroshi Matsui, Professor; PhD, Purdue; Materials Chemistry; Bio-nanotechnology, Protein nanotubes, electronics and sensors

David R. Mootoo, Professor; PhD, Maryland ; Organic Chemistry, Synthesis and applications of glycomimetcs

Yujia Xu, Associate Professor; PhD, Connecticut; Biophysics,  Mechanisms of self-assembly and molecular recognition of protein

Shengping Zheng, Assistant Professor; PhD, Columbia; Organic Chemistry