Adam Frankel PhD

Associate Professor

Profile Type
Accepting Graduate Students

Dr. Adam Frankel completed a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences and French Literature at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of California at Los Angeles, before completing a postdoctoral fellowship with the American Cancer Society at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Frankel is an associate professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC.

Dr. Frankel draws on his expertise and experiences as a biochemist to teach primarily in the area of medicinal chemistry, which is a multi-disciplinary field that combines organic chemistry, biochemistry, computational chemistry, pharmacology, statistics, and biology in order to provide a molecular understanding of therapeutic compounds. He teaches structure-activity relationships in a broad range of therapeutic areas in BPSc and E2P PharmD programs.

Dr. Frankel’s research group studies a family of human enzymes called protein arginine N-methyltransferases (PRMTs), which transfer methyl groups from S-adenosyl-L-methionine to arginine residues within proteins. Chemically, this post-translational modification alters the hydrogen-bonding capability of the decorated residue without significantly changing its positive charge. Biologically, arginine methylation plays important roles in facilitating gene expression and repression, processing nascent RNA transcripts, and participating in DNA damage repair. The lab develops and employs different assays to quantify PRMT activities in vitro and in Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast.

The work requires a fundamental understanding of the basic sciences, and each team member has been trained in or exposed to any one or a combination of the following areas: biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, chemistry, and microbiology. In addition to possessing a firm understanding of these areas, trainees are motivated individuals with excellent communication and writing skills routinely asked to come up with creative solutions to answer interesting biochemical questions.

Contact Details

(604) 822-7146

Office 5506, Pharmaceutical Sciences Building

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