Xiaofei Jia, PhD

Assistant Professor

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Research Website

508-999-8212

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Violette Research 211B

Education

2008Michigan State UniversityPhD
2004Michigan State UniversityMS
2001Peking University, ChinaBS

Teaching

  • CHM 414/514 Biochemistry Laboratory
  • CHM 416 Computer Methods in Biochemistry and Bioinformatics
  • CHM 511 Biochemistry I
  • CHM 550 Methods in Structural Biology

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Investigations of a fundamental and/or applied nature. Independent Research is often work on a future dissertation undertaken before the student has satisfied the qualification steps for BMB 720. With approval of student's graduate committee, up to 15 credits of BMB 630 may be applied to the 30-credit requirement for dissertation research.

Investigations of a fundamental and/or applied nature representing an original contribution to the scholarly research literature of the field. PhD dissertations are often published in refereed journals or presented at major conferences. A written dissertation must be completed in accordance with the rules of the Graduate School. Admission to the course is based on successful completion of the PhD comprehensive examination and submission of a formal proposal endorsed by the student's graduate committee and submitted to the appropriate BMEMT Graduate Program Director.

A continuation of CHM 411. A comprehensive study of biochemistry including amino acid and protein chemistry, enzymology, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, nucleotides; biosynthesis of nucleic acids and proteins.

A continuation of CHM 411. A comprehensive study of biochemistry including amino acid and protein chemistry, enzymology, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, nucleotides; biosynthesis of nucleic acids and proteins.

Topics in computer science with applications to organic chemistry and bioinformatics. Includes molecular modeling, quantum chemistry, computational molecular biology, and biological data analysis. Includes an introduction to computer programing for computational molecular biology and biological data analysis and an overview of methods for molecular modeling and quantum chemistry.

Students will integrate knowledge that they have gained throughout the major and the University Studies curriculum to perform a capstone research project. This will include a lecture component on presenting data in addition to the major laboratory research focus.

Students will integrate knowledge that they have gained throughout the major and the University Studies curriculum to perform a capstone research project. This will include a lecture component on presenting data in addition to the major laboratory research focus.

A continuation of CHM 411. A comprehensive study of biochemistry including amino acid and protein chemistry, enzymology, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, nucleotides; biosynthesis of nucleic acids and proteins.

A continuation of CHM 411. A comprehensive study of biochemistry including amino acid and protein chemistry, enzymology, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, nucleotides; biosynthesis of nucleic acids and proteins.

Original chemical research and preparation of thesis. Required for Plan A master's degree. Graded P/F.

Research

Research Interests

  • Understanding the immune evasion strategies used by the HIV-1 virus at the molecular and structural level

Dr. Jia is trained as a biochemist and structural biologist. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Michigan State University under the guidance of Drs. James Geiger and Babak Borhan, where he investigated the wavelength regulation mechanism in primate color vision. Dr. Jia then moved to Dr. Yong Xiong’s lab at Yale University for his postdoctoral research and worked on elucidating how the HIV-1 virus disables antiviral mechanisms by forcing protein mistrafficking. He joined the department of chemistry and biochemistry at UMass Dartmouth in fall 2016. Research in his lab continues to focus on understanding the immune evasion strategies used by the HIV-1 virus at the molecular and structural level.

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