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Cohn Research Building
1735 W. Harrison St., 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60612
Di Chen, MD, PhD, Chairman
Phone: (312) 942-7810

Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry

The Department of Biochemistry is dedicated to training the next generation of scientists. Our current research is integrated with the education of graduate students and the training of new investigators. The department's faculty is made up of a select group of scientists whose research focuses on understanding the biochemistry of cartilage, age-related changes in the cartilage and osteoarthritis, the predominant disorder of cartilage. The excellence of the department's research has garnered worldwide recognition.

For more information about the department's commitment to research and education, click on the "More" link below. Or click on the link at left labeled Biochemistry Research for more in-depth information about the department's research efforts.

Photo caption: Di Chen, MD, PhD, chairman.

History of the Department of Biochemistry

The PhD program in biochemistry, established in 1984, provides education, training and research opportunities to students interested in the field of medically-related biochemistry. Beginning in 1980, the Department of Biochemistry recruited faculty with a strong commitment to arthritis research and expertise in the fields of cartilage degeneration and repair, chondrocyte biochemistry and chondrocyte cell and molecular biology. This faculty has a long history of training young scientists in these research areas. In 1996, through the NIAMS of the NIH, the department was awarded a training grant entitled "Training in Cartilage Research," which supports the education of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. For more information on the department's history, click on the "More" link below.

Gene A. Homandberg/James A. Hayashi Memorial Article

Gene A. Homandberg, PhD, a member of the biochemistry faculty between 1988 and 2002, passed away in Grand Forks on Monday, December 21, 2009 at the age of 59. Gene played many roles in the academic life of Rush University. Recognized internationally as a researcher who made innovative contributions to the field of osteoarthritis and joint metabolism, he probably is best remembered at Rush for his major contributions to the education of medical and graduate students.

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