Recent News

  • Teaching Academy Honors Inductees, Awardees & Focuses on DEI at Annual Retreat
    Medical education leaders and scholars gathered virtually on January 13 and 14, 2021 for the Larner College of Medicine Teaching Academy’s 2021 Induction and Award Ceremony and Snow Season Education Retreat. Co-presented with the University of Vermont Health Network Medical Group, the ceremony recognized medical educators and kicked off the annual education program, which this year featured several sessions on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Francklyn Among Three UVM Scientists Named AAAS Fellows
    Three University of Vermont professors, include Professor of Biochemistry Christopher Francklyn, Ph.D., have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society, for their outstanding contributions to science.
  • Larner Team Plays Role in NIH COVID-19 Blood Clotting Treatment Trials
    The University of Vermont (UVM) is participating in a major national research effort to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of varying types of blood thinners to treat adults diagnosed and hospitalized with COVID-19—the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2.

Michael Loycano Receives the Louise Nutter Biochemistry Award


Michael Loycano, a Biochemistry major working with Dr. Kaleem Zaidi within the Stein/Lian  research group, is a recipient of the Louise Nutter Biochemistry Award in recognition of his outstanding performance in scholarship, research, and service to the Undergraduate Biochemistry Program as a teaching assistant for BIOC205 and 207. Michael is a graduating senior from Melrose, Massachusetts, receiving dual degrees in Animal and Veterinary Sciences and Biochemistry. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, drawing, traveling, and spending time  with dogs. After graduation, Michael will be pursuing a research career in Boston,  Massachusetts.  

Biochemistry Students Francis Ayombil and Jacquie Gertz Graduate! 


Jacquie and Francis

On Saturday, May 21st, 2016 Biochemistry students, Francis Ayombil and Jacquie Gertz graduated.

Francis's future plans are moving on to be a Post Doctoral fellow at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Research Institute working with Dr. Rodney Camire of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Interestingly, Dr Camire is former graduate from our biochemistry program here at UVM and former trainee of Paula Tracy in the class of 1998.

Jacquie, an ORISE fellow, currently serves on a multidisciplinary scientific/medical team within the Division on Nonprescription Drug Products that reviews, evaluates, and makes decisions on the approvability of scientific submissions and applications which request FDA regulatory approval for clinical research, human testing, and manufacturing of human drugs.  For her future plans, in the coming months, she will become a full time employee in the division of Nonprescription Drug Products at the Food and Drug Administration to continue her role as a interdisciplinary scientist.

Congratulations Francis and Jacquie! 

Francis Ayombil Defends Doctoral Dissertation


Francis AyombilOn Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 Francis Ayombil defended for his Doctoral Dissertation titled Defining Platelet-Derived Components Regulating the Prothrombinase Enzyme Complex. Francis has been a graduate student working in Dr. Paula Tracy's Lab here in the Biochemistry Department. Congratulations Francis!

Jacqueline Gertz Defends Doctoral Dissertation

jacquie_dissertationOn Friday, June 5th, 2015 Jacquie Gertz defended for her Doctoral Dissertation titled Cellular and Molecular Events Regulating Factor V Endocytosis by Megakaryocytes. Jacquie has been a graduate student working in Dr. Beth Bouchard's Lab here in the Biochemistry Department. Congratulations Jacquie!

Adam Mirando Defends Doctoral Dissertation


mirandoOn Monday, March 23, 2015 Adam Mirando defended for his Doctoral Dissertation titled Characterization of a Non-canonical Function for Threonyl-tRNA Synthetase in Angiogenesis. Adam has been a graduate student working in Dr. Chris Francklyn's Lab here in the Biochemistry Department. Congratulations Adam!



April 24th, 2019
Michael Loycano, a Biochemistry major working with Dr. Kaleem Zaidi, recieved the Louise Nutter Biochemistry Award in recognition of his outstanding performance in scholarship, research, and service.

April 19th, 2019

Piotr Sowulewski - SURF award for Summer 2019
Kaelyn Jenny - Martin E. Kuehne Organic Chemistry Summer Fellowship
Linnea Saunders - Biochemistry Summer Research award

April 17th, 2019
Two students presented their biochemistry research at the UVM Student Research Conference:

- Caroline Adams | Mentor: Nicholas Farina  
“TsRNA in Aggressive Breast Cancer”
- Eliana Moskovitz | Mentor: Kaleem Zaidi 
“The Role of Mitotic Gene Bookmarking in the Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition in Breast Cancer”

March 3rd, 2019
Biochemistry faculty members, Drs. Brummel-Ziedins, Orfeo and Everse will be honored by UVM for their achievement as inventors on US patent 10,188,302, entitled Methods for dynamic visualization of clinical parameters over time, at the 2019 UVM Invention 2 Venture (I2V) conference on Thursday, April 4th in the UVM Davis Center. The referenced patent covers a method for assessing risk of a patient condition by integrating several clinically relevant criteria to provide a representative of a patient condition in a visual form for interpretation by a medical professional.

January 24th, 2019
Patrick Mullen, a student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program, was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award by the Med School class of 2021 today at their Foundations Awards Celebration.




Learn more about our Accelerated Master's Program in Biochemistry here.


The Bouchard lab works on blood coagulation and mechanisms regulating factor V endocytosis by megakaryocytes.

Learn more about the Bouchard lab here.

Recent Publications:

View the most recent Department of Biochemistry publications on PubMed

Featured Publication:

Facile removal of 4-methoxybenzyl protecting group from selenocysteine. 

Jenny KA, Ste Marie EJ, Mose G, Ruggles EL, Hondal RJ. J Pept Sci. 2019 Aug 13:e3209. doi: 10.1002/psc.3209. PMID: 31410953.

Read more about the Hondal lab here.