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 Biochemistry Faculty


Sanjai Kumar
Chemical Biology, Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry
Remsen, Room 117C
Phone: 718-997-4120
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Design, synthesis and evaluation of tight-binding inhibitors of clinically important enzyme targets using a combination of rational and combinatorial approaches, enzyme kinetics and molecular modeling.

Susan A. Rotenberg
Remsen, Room 117B
Phone: 718-997-4133
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Protein kinase C (PKC) is a Ca2+ and phospholipid-dependent protein kinase that is a vital component in various signaling pathways that govern proliferation, differentiation, and cell movement. In malignant cells, PKC promotes unregulated cellular growth and metastasis, as evidenced by 1) its role as the cellular receptor for tumor promoters, 2) its elevated levels of expression in certain tumors, and 3) disturbances in proliferation, migration, and reduction-oxidation processes of cells genetically engineered to overproduce PKC

Wilma Saffran
Remsen, Room 120
Phone: 718-997-4195
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Studies of DNA damage in yeast; roles of individual genes in DNA repair, mutation and recomdination; replication and transcription in recombinatorial repair

Uri Samuni
Biophysics, Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Bio-nanotechnology, Biophotonics
Remsen, Room 26A
Phone: 718-997-4223
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Prof. Uri Samuni has a doctorate in Physical Chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and postdoctoral training at the Keck Biomolecular Laser Research Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  Our research is interdisciplinary in nature involving physical chemistry, biophysics, photonics and nanophotonics. The main objective of our research is combining spectroscopy, specifically, resonance Raman and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), sol-gel encapsulation of proteins and nanoparticles.  In sol-gel encapsulation, proteins are embedded in the inert and optically transparent sol-gel matrix and yet remain functionally active.  This constitutes a unique platform for the study of protein conformational dynamics and the characterization of non-equilibrium conformations as they relate to protein function. Moreover, depending on the preparative conditions, this novel photonic material lends itself to a large range of applications such as biosensors and sol-gel based nanoparticles and their biomedical applications. 

Tom Strekas
Science Building, Room B306
Phone: 718-997-3275
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Burton E Tropp
Remsen, Room 206
Phone: 718-997-


 Office Information

Chair: Susan Rotenberg
Dept. Office: Remsen 206
Phone: 718-997-4100, 4482 or 4191

General inquiries:
Ms. Linda Didomenick

PhD program in chemistry:

DECLARE A MAJOR: Click here for link. Fill the online form and bring it to dept. 

Undergraduate Program Advisors:
Profs. Cherice Evans, Gopal Subramaniam
Masters Program Advisors:
Profs. Uri Samuni, Wilma Saffran
Note: For transcript evaluation, major/minor advisement, please drop-off forms at the chem office. Set up appointment using the link above for program advisement.
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