Welcome to Biochemistry at Villanova University!
The biochemistry program is designed for students who are interested in life at the molecular level. In our program, you will study the chemical processes involved in DNA replication, transcription, and translation. The structure of biomacromolecules and the structural implications on cellular processes will also be emphasized.
Most of the biochemistry faculty use their biochemistry training to understand disease at the molecular level, including breast cancer, lung cancer, African sleeping sickness, and pain management. Biochemistry also supports the studies of students majoring in the chemistry and life-sciences by offering introductory courses for students interested in medicine or the allied health fields.
Welcome to our New Faculty
August 2012 – We welcome Dr. Aimee Eggler to Villanova as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry, teaching in the Biochemistry Program. Dr. Eggler received her BS in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Eggler’s research involves the molecular mechanism of regulation of transcription factors. We welcome Dr. Eggler to Villanova!
August 2012: Dr. Matthew Youngman joins us as a new Assistant Professor of Biology and member of the Biochemistry Program! Dr. Youngman completed his undergraduate work in Biochemistry at Pepperdine University, received a PhD in Cell Biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and carried out postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Villanova, Dr. Youngman will carry out research to understand the molecular basis for the age-dependent decline in immunity known as "immunosenescence". Using the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans as a model host, the Youngman Lab will seek to define the mechanisms by which genes that are important for the immune response are regulated during aging and to understand how changes in cellular function that occur later in life impact the ability of an organism to resist infection. Welcome Dr. Youngman!
January 2012 – Welcome to Dr. Daniel Kraut, a new Assistant Professor of Chemistry who will be teaching in the Biochemistry Program. Dr. Kraut received his BS from Swarthmore College, his PhD from Stanford University and has just completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Biochemistry at Northwestern University. Dr. Kraut’s research examines the proteosome, a cellular complex involved in protein breakdown and recycling.
August 2011 – Welcome to Dr. Peter Palenchar, who has joined the Villanova faculty as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and who will be teaching in the Biochemistry Program. Dr. Palenchar (the husband of Dr. Jennifer Palenchar) received his BS from Salisbury State University and his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Delaware. We welcome Peter to the Villanova community!