Biomolecular Sciences Institute

The Institute brings together interdisciplinary and distinguished experts from the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Physics, as well as faculty from the College of Engineering & Computing (Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mechanical & Materials Engineering), College of Medicine (Cellular Biology & Pharmacology and Human & Molecular Genetics), as well as the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work (Environmental and Occupational Health).

Advancing nanotechnology and furthering the fields of cancer biology and neurodegenerative disorders, the institute will provide a source of academic mentorship for undergraduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral students and foster the growth of the newly developed Doctoral Degree in Biochemistry.

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Dr. Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh, Director

The Institute will be headed by Dr. Tse-Dinh, professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Tse-Dinh received her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from Harvard University. She came to FIU from New York Medical College. Her research looks at the structure and function of DNA topoisomerases as the basis for discovery of antibacterial and anticancer drug leads from synthetic molecules and natural products. In addition to her biomedical and biomolecular work, Tse-Dinh also has a background in theoretical chemistry. She is looking forward to collaborating with many faculty members in her leadership role at BSI.

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At the BSI LAUNCH event, May 2014 (l to r): Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh, Director, BSI and Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry; Philip Hanawalt, Professor, Biology, Stanford University and Distinguished BSI Lecturer; Yuan Liu, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry; and Suzanna Rose, Executive Director, School of Integrated Science and Humanity.

To view photos from the BSI Launch and AMSF Open House on the SISH Facebook, please click here.

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FIU Chemistry Lab