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2018 Announcements

  • Largest class yet of Biochemistry Ph.D. Program; students will have many opportunities for research

    September 21, 2018

    Group photo of eight new Biochemistry PhD students

    Eight students from around the world have set their sights on FIU’s Biochemistry Ph.D. Program. The graduate students joining the program represent the largest incoming cohort since the Biochemistry Ph.D. Program was first launched in 2011. They hail from Egypt, Lebanon, Mexico, China, Cuba, and the United States. Currently, the program has 23 Ph.D. students in total, including two recent graduates from the Department of Biological Sciences.

    The newest class of graduate students will be involved in numerous research studies, for example, HIV-related research, human diseases such as cancer, and structure-function correlation of DNA and protein. “Thanks to the efforts and support of many people, our program has built up to the point of gaining worldwide visibility and is now flourishing,” said Dr. Yuan Liu, the director of the Biochemistry Ph.D. Program.

    With an interdisciplinary faculty, the Biochemistry Ph.D. Program is administered jointly by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Department of Biological Sciences, and the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. The program includes over 50 faculty who are renowned experts within various disciplines in biochemistry, and molecular and cellular biology. FIU researchers are leading the way in providing students with an excellent foundation in these fields, as well as in biochemical and biomedical research techniques. Research opportunities include anticancer drug discovery and drug delivery, etiology of cancer and neurodegeneration, molecular mechanisms of the immune system, DNA metabolism, genetic stability, and gene regulation, among others.

    The Biochemistry Ph.D. students include Leonardo Acuna, Victor Osorio Castillo, Zifang Deng, Mirna Ghemrawi, Victoria Godieva, Eddy Alfonso Maqueira, Norhan Mohammed and Yemmy Soler. Welcome to FIU!

  • Congratulations to Drs. Rein and Liu for being awarded an NOAA Grant

    August 15, 2018

    Professor Kelly Rein (PI) and Professor Yuan Liu (Co-PI) have been awarded a $428K grant from the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Competitive Research Program. Their project is entitled: "An Intervention for Brevetoxin Induced Oxidative Stress" in collaboration with Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota.

    Read more about red tide and brevetoxins on FIU News

  • Graduate researchers patent quick test for cocaine

    February 8, 2018

    FIU biochemistry students and their professor, Yi Xiao, have patented a series of new tests that can quickly, accurately and cost-effectively confirm the presence of cocaine.

    Read more in the Miami Herald

  • Patent invention could stop cancer in its tracks

    January 18, 2018

    BSI researcher and faculty member, Dr. Yuan Liu, was recently granted a U.S. Patent for her invention of a high throughput measurement of DNA base lesion repair capacity in human cell and tissue.

    Read more in CASE News