Benjamin Alper

Benjamin Alper

Assistant Professor

Degrees and Certifications

    • Postdoctoral Fellow in Biochemistry, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (2012)
    • Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Georgia (2009)
    • B.S. in Chemistry, B.A. in Economics, Clemson University (2004)

Teaching Responsibilities

    • CH 341   Biochemistry 1
    • CH 342   Biochemistry 2
    • CH 343   Biochemistry 1 Lab
    • CH 344   Biochemistry 2 Lab

Research Interests & Grants

    I study relationships between genome integrity and cellular lifespan.  I am interested in understanding how chromatin modifying enzymes regulate gene expression and package the genome into molecular structures that promote faithful chromosome segregation during cell division, and how this process contributes to healthy ageing.

    Errors in chromosome segregation can lead to cells receiving an improper complement of genetic material, and may cause cancer or other genetic disorders.  Projects in my lab seek to characterize the roles of the histone deacetylase Sir2 in gene silencing, chromosome integrity and cellular lifespan using a simple eukaryotic model: yeast.

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Contact Information

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  • Location:
    Chemistry
    Academic Bldg SC 105 G
    College of Arts and Sciences
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