President Barack Obama has named University of Wisconsin-Madison biochemistry Professor Judith Kimble to chair the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. Since its inception, 11 UW-Madison faculty members have received the award, which is the nation’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in science and technology.
Many human diseases—including cancer—are caused by protein malfunctions. Those malfunctions, in turn, are caused by damaged DNA that gets translated into the damaged proteins. While many clinicians and scientists are trying to treat those diseases by fixing the DNA, Ron Raines is taking a different approach—he’s looking to replace the proteins directly.
Scientists seeking to develop the next generation of antibiotics may have found a crucial clue within the human body: a protein that distinguishes between our cells and those of invading microbes, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The new study, which appears in the journal Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, suggests the protein intelectin could hold the key to a new kind of antibiotic. The protein is found mostly in the human gut and the lungs, places especially vulnerable to...
Cancer discovery links experimental vaccine and biological treatment
A new study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has linked two seemingly unrelated cancer treatments that are both now being tested in clinical trials.
Welcome to our new Chair, Brian Fox. Brian joined the Biochemistry faculty in 1993, and has served the broader University community as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Policy since 2012. Biochem welcomes Brian’s strong leadership in furthering the Department’s tradition of mentoring exceptional scientists and developing and applying its research to improve lives across the globe. We thank him for his willingness to take on this formative task, and look forward to sharing in the tremendous experience and energy he brings to his new role.
Just posted: a virtual tour of John Steuart Curry murals in the Hector F DeLuca Biochemistry Building.
Commonly referred to as the “chemistry of life,” metabolism is the process by which the body uses food and oxygen to produce the energy and chemicals needed for essential functions and processes that constitute life. While diabetes and obesity may be the most well known disorders tied to metabolism, other disorders affected by imbalances in metabolism include problems in aging, brain and neural development, cardiovascular disease, immunology and cancer.
On Friday May 22 the Indian Consulate in Chicago hosted the annual orientation of the Khorana and Bose Scholars, programs that develop research leaders in the US and India through two-way exchange.
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Katie Brenner and the Madison startup she co-founded, bluDiagnostics, won the grand prize in the 2015 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan contest.
Katie is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Weibel lab. Congrats Katie!
Renowned biochemist and Wisconsin Academy Fellow Hector DeLuca discusses the profound application of vitamin D in medicine, including new treatments in the areas of immunity and autoimmunity, in this special Wisconsin Academy Talk.
Congratulations to '15 Biochemistry graduate Emily Baumann (Audhya Lab) for being named a "Top 15 of 2015"
Biochemistry major Emily Baumann and wildlife ecology and environmental studies major Katelyn Budke have spent their senior year growing UW Boxable, a Styrofoam recycling program. The project has been awarded $105,000 in grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Baumann and Budke recently helped launch similar programs at two other universities.
Dr. Ann Palmenberg has been appointed a Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation professorship.
Sophomore Research Fellowships:
Funded by a one-year University of Wisconsin System Undergraduate Research & Discovery Grant, the Sophomore Research Fellowships provide $2,500 each to undergraduate students and $500 to their faculty/staff advisors to work in collaboration on research projects.
Jaime Brown, Friesen Lab
Ryan Rebernick, Shelef Lab
Sarah Wang, Thibeault Lab
William Xiang, Bushman Lab
Annie Yao, Guo Lab
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Hector DeLuca, professor emeritus of biochemistry, will discuss the profound application of vitamin D in medicine, including new treatments in the areas of immunity and autoimmunity, at an upcoming talk hosted by the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts & Letters. The talk, titled “Vitamin D: A Pharmaceutical Fountain,” is set for Tuesday, May 12 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, located at 221 State Street.
Vitamin D: A Pharmaceutical Fountain - with Hector DeLuca from Jason A. Smith on Vimeo.
The following students have been selected to receive Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships.
Claudia Aldrich , Kiessling Lab
Adam Awe, Dent Lab
Amanda Beltrame, Raines Lab
Carol Coutinho, Watson Lab
Nathan Delvaux, Holden Lab
Richard Giza, Murphy Lab
Matthew Grieshop, Ansari Lab
Amal Javaid, Hank Lab
Katherine Jiang, Fox Lab
Matthew Lammers, Weibel Lab
Adam Lauko, Craig Lab
George Luo, Hoskins Lab
Tej Mehta, Weichert Lab
Kevin O'Connor, Record Lab
Alexander Peterson, Raines Lab