David H Bechhofer

David H Bechhofer, PhD

About Me

Dr. Bechhofer received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from City College of New York (CUNY) in 1978. His thesis research as a graduate student at Columbia University, Department of Microbiology, focused on maintenance of the broad-host-range plasmid, RK2. After receiving a Ph.D. degree from Columbia in 1984, Dr. Bechhofer went on to postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Dr. David Dubnau at the Public Health Research Institute of New York, where he was introduced to the subject that remains the focus of his research efforts: regulation of mRNA stability in Bacillus subtilis. Dr. Bechhofer joined Mount Sinai as an Assistant Professor in 1986. Research in his laboratory has been funded by the NIH since 1987. He was appointed Associate Professor in 1993, and Professor in 2008 jointly in the Department of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics and the Department of Medical Education. Since 2001, Dr. Bechhofer has been director of the first-year medical school “Molecules and Cells” course, which covers basic biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, electrophysiology, and metabolism.

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PROFESSOR | Pharmacological Sciences, PROFESSOR | Medical Education