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 Biochemistry Faculty

 

 
Junyong Choi
Chemical Biology
Science Bldg, Room B304
Phone: 718-997-3279
junyong.choi@qc.cuny.edu
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My research areas: Organic and Medicinal Chemistry, Computer-aided Drug Design, Chemical Biology. <br>The main objective in the Choi Laboratory is to discover specific, target-directed therapeutics for human diseases. The Choi lab integrates organic synthesis, computer-aided drug design, and chemical biology to discover bioactive chemical probes and therapeutic candidates. We design and synthesize small molecules that modulate biological targets in cells and animal models of human diseases. We are particularly interested in discovery of small molecules possessing novel mechanisms of action in order to understand specific functions of biological targets in human diseases. The discovery and techniques established in the Choi lab will advance the chemical science in biomedical research and facilitate understanding in human diseases for the development of therapeutics.

 
Sanjai Kumar
Chemical Biology, Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry
Remsen, Room 117C
Phone: 718-997-4120
sanjai.kumar@qc.cuny.edu
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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
Biochemistry
Remsen, Room 117B
Phone: 718-997-4133
Susan.Rotenberg@qc.cuny.edu
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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
Biochemistry
Remsen, Room 120
Phone: 718-997-4195
Wilma.Saffran@qc.cuny.edu
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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
Uri.Samuni@qc.cuny.edu
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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.
 
 

 Office Information

 

Chair: Dr. Seogjoo Jang

Deputy Chair: Dr. Wilma Saffran

COA: Ms. Elizabeth L. Zoiner

Office Assistant: Ms. Kelly Barth

Remsen 206

Tel: 718-997-4100, 4482​

eMail: kelly.barth@qc.cuny.edu

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