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Jul 07, 2016

A car mechanic would have a hard time building a car if he or she didn’t know anything about the car’s parts. The same holds true for scientists who want to design or program proteins and microbes. They must first understand the structure, complexity, and interactions of the system they are interested in. For Philip Romero and Ophelia Venturelli — two new assistant professors joining the Department of Biochemistry on July 11 — this idea is what drives their research.

Romero comes to UW–Madison from an assistant professorship at the University of California, Los Angeles, and...

Pat Mings
Jun 28, 2016

After almost four decades with the Department of Biochemistry, senior contracts specialist Patricia Mings is set to retire June 30. Having worked closely with Hector DeLuca as his assistant, she departs with many memories of the department’s rich history.

“After working with Hector for almost 37 years and in every department building except the newest one, we’ve been through a lot together and have become close,” she says. “When I started here I was the same age as many of the lab members but as I leave I’m more like a grandma to them.”

Judith Kimble
Jun 21, 2016

Judith Kimble, a Vilas Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is working as a member of the Steering Committee for Rescuing Biomedical Research, a national effort to address “major problems” plaguing biomedical research.

IPiB students enjoy ice cream at their June 8 social
Jun 09, 2016

The Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) Student-Faculty Liaison Committee announced its officers for 2016-17 at their ice cream social on Wednesday, June 8. The committee serves as a connection between students and faculty to foster input and collaboration.

“SFLC is really interested in fulfilling the needs of graduate students in IPiB,” says Kim Haupt, the outgoing chair and now a 2016-17 career chair. “The strength of the IPiB graduate program is reflected in the existence of the SFLC organization and the support we get from the faculty. We are all working together to make...

Kemmerer, "The Science Ninja," in his lab.
Jun 07, 2016

Biochemistry Ph.D. student Zachary Kemmerer’s unique combination of science and strength has earned him the title “The Science Ninja.” Kemmerer’s skills are so profound that he’s found himself on the hit show “American Ninja Warrior,” and he is using his prowess to help others engage with biochemistry.

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Jun 01, 2016

Vatsan Raman, a CALS assistant professor of biochemistry, is one of two University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists selected to receive a 2016 Shaw Scientist Award from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. 

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May 27, 2016

The 2016 Denton Award for Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring

This award honors IPiB graduate students who have consistently demonstrated commitment to quality, innovative classroom teaching and mentoring in a laboratory setting.

Congratulations Ian!

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May 26, 2016

“It’s quite a story,” says Caruccio. “UW-Madison had a researcher who spent his career trying to understand this strange and unexpected phenomenon — DNA jumping from place to place inside a single cell. Eventually, Bill Reznikoff discovered the enzyme responsible for that, which would have been a landmark by itself. But then this small biotech company in Madison picked up on the enzyme, made an improvement, used it to speed up next-generation sequencing, and was sold to the maker of the fastest gene sequencers on the market."

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May 26, 2016

This award honors IPiB graduate students who have consistently demonstrated commitment to quality, innovative classroom teaching and mentoring in a laboratory setting.

Made possible by the generosity of Arnold E. and Catherine M. Denton

Congratulations Becky!

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May 25, 2016

This award recognizes a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow who best exemplifies the spirit of Sigrid Leirmo, who received her Ph.D. degree in the Department of Biochemistry in 1989 and was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Bacteriology when she died tragically in an accident in October 1990. Dr. Leirmo was widely acknowledged among her fellow students and colleagues as both a promising researcher and an enthusiastic friend and mentor.

Congratulations Kim!

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May 24, 2016

Last May, biochemistry professor Rick Amasino and life sciences communication professor Dominique Brossard traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the congressional and public briefings associated with the release of a new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report on GMOs. Both were members of the committee tasked with assembling the report, titled “Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects.”

The report has since been released and can be found here. Brossard and Amasino were at the 2017 American Association for the Advancement of Science...

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May 19, 2016

Recognizing distinguished scholarship as well as standout efforts in teaching and service.

Congratulations Laura.

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May 13, 2016

Dr. William J. Rutter,  will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Wisconsin–Madison on Friday, May 13, 2016.

Rutter is a founder of the field of biotechnology, having made seminal contributions in both academia and industry. He received pivotal training here at the University of Wisconsin–Madison with Prof. Henry Lardy, one of many eminent scientists at our renowned Institute for Enzyme Research. His research group made many extraordinary contributions, including the first cloning of genes encoding insulin and growth hormones, development of the first recombinant...

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May 10, 2016

From the Wisconsin State Journal 05/08/2016

UW-Madison researchers are joining scientists around the world in using a powerful gene editing tool that is transforming biology and could improve human health

In fruit flies, Wildonger is altering nerve cell proteins that control movement, mirroring human conditions collectively known as spastic paraplegia. She’s also studying mutations associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Since CRISPR has been available for only a few years, it may take a while for the general public to see any tangible benefits. But for...

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May 05, 2016

Charlie Lor, Cathy Michael, David Parker and Kerry Tobin have been selected as one of five teams to receive UW-Madison's 2016 Administrative Improvement Award for their work developing the Biochemistry Logistics Tool (BLT).