Congratulations from the Department of Biochemistry
Jun 15, 2021

The Department of Biochemistry is pleased to announce recipients of its 2021 undergraduate and graduate student departmental awards and fellowships.  The department celebrates the work and talent of its students, and these awards and fellowships are made possible by generous gifts to Biochemistry to fund research conducted by notably outstanding graduate and undergraduate students.

“These awards represent the excellence of our students and generosity of our supporters,” says chair Brian Fox. “We are proud to present these awards that help support undergraduates and graduate students...

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Jun 11, 2021

Please tell us a little about yourself.  Where did you grow up?  Where did you go to school?  

I grew up in Huntly, Montana: a small town of less than 500 people. I went to college at Carroll College in Helena, Montana where I started my research career studying sympatric speciation in black fly populations.  

Where did you carry out your postdoctoral research

University of Utah Department of Biochemistry, studying the contribution of lipids to thermogenesis 

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May 26, 2021

Researchers have developed the capability to predict and design the metabolic activities of microbial communities, which has broad implications for human health, agriculture and bioprocessing.

In a paper released May 31st in Nature Communications [link], Biochemistry Assistant Professor Ophelia Venturelli and Ryan Clark, formerly a postdoc in the Venturelli lab and now of Nimble Therapeutics, present a new computational model that predicts the community dynamics and production of the metabolite, butyrate, to explore a vast landscape of possible human gut communities. 

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May 20, 2021

At the conclusion of each spring semester, the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) Steering Committee is tasked with the challenging honor of selecting nominated graduate students and postdocs for the  Sigrid Leirmo Memorial Award in Biochemistry and the Denton Award for Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. The IPiB Steering Committee is pleased to continue the programs' commitment to teaching and mentorship by announcing the 2021 graduate student awards that celebrate these important aspects of the program. IPiB is the joint graduate program of the Department of...

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May 17, 2021
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Where did you grow up? Go to school?

I grew up in the small town of Oregon, WI where I graduated from high school. I then took the short trip up to Madison to attend the UW as an undergraduate. After I finished my bachelors degree I moved out to San Diego to attend graduate school at The Scripps Research Institute in Ian Wilson’s laboratory, using structural biology to study how influenza virus replicates its genome.

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May 03, 2021
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Where did you grow up? Go to school?

I was born in Providence RI and raised in Durham, NC. Went to undergrad at UC Berkeley, grad at CU Boulder

Where did you carry out your postdoctoral research?

Cambridge University, UK

As a child, who was your biggest influence?

As a kid, my parents. As a teen, Bob Dylan.

Why did you decide to study science?

I found animal development amazing and wanted to understand how it worked.

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Apr 30, 2021

Biochemistry Professor Michael Cox was recently named a fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). The 2021 fellows, the inaugural class, are a distinguished group of scientists who have contributed to multiple missions of ASBMB over a sustained period of time and enriched the world through their efforts and accomplishments.

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Apr 20, 2021

Biochemistry 501, Introduction to Biochemistry, is a three-credit course offered every semester. Attendance during the school year often exceeds 600 students a semester, and its popularity as an online summer course has grown exponentially since first being offered in summer 2019. Biochemistry 501 was in 2nd place UW-wide last year for most students enrolled in a summer course.

The course explores how life works at a molecular level, and is popular among a variety of majors. It has been team taught by biochemistry professors Richard Amasino and Sam Butcher, and biochemistry...

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Apr 19, 2021

Please tell us a little about yourself:
Where did you grow up, go to school, your influences?

I grew up on the small sunny island of Singapore. After my national service, I went to Nanyang Technological University for my undergraduate degree in theoretical physics and then to the National University of Singapore for my Ph.D. studies in experimental single-molecule biophysics.

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Apr 12, 2021

Edrees (Eddie) Rashan has been selected for the 2021 cohort of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. Rashan is a graduate research assistant in the Department of Biochemistry and doctoral candidate in the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB).

The Bouchet Society commemorates Edward Alexander Bouchet, the first self-identified African American to earn a doctorate degree from an American university. Scholars are chosen for five qualities that exemplify the spirit of Dr. Bouchet: scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been...

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Apr 12, 2021

The Department of Biochemistry is hosting its first virtual Steenbock Symposium April 22 – 23, 2021.

This year’s international symposium, entitled “SpliceCon 2021,” brings together 17 invited speakers and over 200 scientists from across the globe to explore the field of pre-RNA splicing. The symposium kicks off with a keynote lecture delivered by Holger Stark (Max Planck Institute), and includes invited and selected talks, as well as interactive poster sessions and networking opportunities.

Aaron Hoskins and Sam Butcher, professors of Biochemistry, and David Brow, professor...

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Mar 29, 2021
Please tell us a little about yourself:
Where did you grow up, go to school, your influences?

In 2016 my professional autobiography “The Language of Life” was published in Annual Review of Virology. It covers all of the above and many more stories. A copy is available on my website.

What is the focus of your research?

I take apart RNA viruses and put them back together again to see how they work.

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Mar 24, 2021

Biochemistry Assistant Professor Tim Grant, also an investigator at Morgridge Institute for Research, has teamed up again with a former colleague to update their software program cisTEM. The software program helps turn the literally millions of images generated by Cryo-EM microscopes into 3D maps of structures that scientists can understand.

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Mar 16, 2021

Biochemistry Assistant Professor Ophelia Venturelli has been awarded an Exploratory/ Developmental Research Grant (R21) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award is in support of the development of new methods to uncover associations between antibiotic resistance genes and microbial hosts in the human gut microbiome.

The rise and spread of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics is a growing global health crisis. Antibiotic resistant strains can harbor multiple antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs), which in turn can confer resistance to multiple antibiotics. This...

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Mar 15, 2021
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?

I grew up outside a small town in New Hampshire called Peterborough. I went to Peterborough High then to the University of Rhode Island for undergrad and Washington University Medical School in St. Louis for grad school.

Where did you carry out your postdoctoral research?

I did two postdocs. The first at St. Louis University in virology (adenoviruses) and the second at UC San Francisco in molecular biology, where I had the exciting opportunity to learn the very new (at the time)...