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Renee J Chosed, Ph.D.

Title: Clinical Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences
School of Medicine Greenville
Phone: 864-455-9833
Office: 701 Grove Road
Greenville SC 29605


Background: Dr. Chosed earned her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. She then earned a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX where she worked in the lab of Dr. Kim Orth studying the structure and enzymology of bacterial effector proteins, specifically those involved in the addition and removal of posttranslational modifications. Then she joined the lab of Dr. Sharon Dent at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX where she was an Odyssey Postdoctoral fellow and continued to work on the regulation of posttranslational modifications. She investigated the regulation of the yeast multi-subunit COMPASS complex that is the yeast homologue of the mixed-lineage leukemia complex in humans. Dr. Chosed then taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Trinity University for two years before moving to Furman University as an Assistant Professor teaching Genetics, Biochemistry, Cancer Biology and Bioinformatics since 2011. Her lab at Furman continued her work utilizing a yeast model for mixed-lineage leukemia as well as Parkinson’s disease. She will continue some research with yeast as a model system and also plans to focus on more education research potentially looking at ways to improve the transition students make from an undergraduate education to that in medical school. In her spare time she enjoys running, baking and spending time outdoors with her 4-year old son and husband.
Teaching Interest(s): One of the most fulfilling aspects of my career is that I have an opportunity to inspire the next generation of scientists and physicians. As a teacher, it’s my responsibility to encourage these students to ask questions, pursue answers and generate solutions. To achieve these teaching goals I strive to teach courses that challenge my students to think beyond the material covered in textbooks and develop assignments requiring students to critically analyze the material covered in class and apply it to situations unfamiliar to them. Through my teaching, I hope to instill a passion in my student through my own enthusiasm and fascination for science and medicine. I teach and co-direct the Molecular and Cellular Foundations Module as well as additional biochemistry lectures throughout the M1 and M2 years.
Research Interest(s): 1) My primary research goal is to understand the role that posttranslational modifications play in disease progression. Posttranslational modifications function to regulate a variety of events in the cell including protein targeting, degradation, enzymatic activity and protein-protein interactions. My lab utilizes the budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model system. The current research projecting is: Characterization of the human Mixed-Lineage Leukemia (MLL1) complex using yeast as a model system. 2) I also have research interests in the area of developmental biology. This research is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms mediating human embryo development during the pre-implantation stage. Specifically, I am interested in the role that apoptosis and autophagy play in ensuring an implantation-competent embryo.
Honors & Awards: Nominee for USCSOMG Golden Peach Award for Excellence in M1 Education
Biomedical Sciences Faculty of the Year
Finalist for South Carolina Innovision Education Award
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Trainee Excellence Award
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center- Dean's Discretionary Award
Pharmacological Sciences Training Grant; UT Southwestern Medical Center
UTSW-Molecular Biology Departmental Retreat Student Abstract Competition Winner
Professional Affiliations: American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Association of Medical Educators in Europe
Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics
Association of Biochemistry Educators
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Association of Southeastern Biologists
Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
American Association of University Professors
Council on Undergraduate Research (Biology)
UT MD Anderson Post-doctoral Ambassador
American Association for the Advancement of Science
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center-Division of Basic Sciences Steering Committee