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Apr 11, 2022

Three UW–Madison winners of the 2022 Barry Goldwater Scholarships are biochemistry majors and/or undergraduate researchers. Congratulations to the scholarship winners!

Professor Robert Landick
Apr 07, 2022

New study in Nature reveals at a molecular level how fidaxomicin selectively targets C. diff bacteria while sparing the innocent bacterial bystanders of the gut microbiome. 

Vatsan Raman
Apr 05, 2022

The CALS Awards recognize faculty and staff with different awards for their accomplishments and service to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This year, biochemistry assistant professor Vatsan Raman received the Pound Research Excellence Award.

The award, which is supported by an educational development fund created to honor former CALS Dean Glenn S. Pound upon his retirement in 1979, is given to honor an outstanding, early-career CALS research scientist and to promote continued excellence in research.

“I want to thank CALS...

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Apr 05, 2022

Several current and former student researchers from the UW–Madison Department of Biochemistry have received National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards. The five-year NSF GRFP program includes three years of financial support and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.

The 2022 class of fellows includes:

David Beier, a former Hoskins Lab undergraduate and a current graduate student at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor....
Ronnie Frederick
Apr 05, 2022

The CALS Awards recognize faculty and staff in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences for their accomplishments and service to the college and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This year, biochemistry researcher Ronnie Frederick received an Academic Staff Excellence Award. Recipients of this award demonstrate excellence, often performing above and beyond expectations, taking initiative, being creative in problem solving and having a personal and positive impact on their work. Frederick has worked in the Department of Biochemistry for over two decades.

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Mar 24, 2022

Kurt Weiss joined the Department of Biochemistry in March as the new manager of the Biochemistry Optical Core (BOC). The research core is housed in the biochemistry department but is a resource for all campus researchers who are interested in using microscopy techniques in their work.

Weiss joins the BOC from the Morgridge Institute for Research, where he was an assistant scientist and former postdoctoral researcher. At Morgridge, he performed multi-scale imaging using light sheet microscopy in conjunction with tissue clearing, expansion microscopy, and live imaging with Jan Huisken...

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Mar 15, 2022

Biochemistry assistant professor and Morgridge Institute for Research investigator Jason Cantor was recently granted a prestigious award from the American Cancer Society to continue his investigation into conditionally essential genes in human cancer cells. Utilizing CRISPR, a revolutionary DNA-editing technology, Cantor and his team will make large-scale screens to possibly identify what genes are essential for the survival and growth of human cells.

“Many thanks to the American Cancer Society for supporting our work that will investigate conditionally essential genes in human...

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Mar 11, 2022

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Biochemistry will host the grand opening of its Cryo-Electron Microscopy Research Center (CEMRC) and Midwest Center for Cryo-Electron Tomography (MCCET) at 8:30 a.m. on June 7. The grand opening is part of the department’s 42nd Steenbock Symposium held June 7-8, 2022.

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Mar 07, 2022

The UW-Madison Department of Chemistry presented the 2022 James W. Taylor Teaching Award to Liana Lamont, a former biochemistry graduate student who received her Ph.D. in 2006. Lamont was a member of the Kimble Lab.

Lamont shared her instructional expertise and philosophy last month in a talk titled, “General Chemistry Curriculum Redesign – Successes and Challenges.” During her presentation, Lamont shared what she’s learned in her career, including how to use impostor syndrome as a motivator, without falling into self doubt.

“This award feels validating and I appreciate it...

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Feb 28, 2022

Researchers are uncovering the complex mechanisms by which human gut bacteria accomplish a variety of functions, from transforming compounds derived from food into nutrition for the host to producing molecules that impact human behavior and performance.

The Venturelli Lab has now overturned prior knowledge about how polysaccharide utilization loci (PULs) mediate the fitness and community-level interactions of Bacteroides uniformis, one of the most abundant species of bacteria in the human gut. The researchers detail their groundbreaking methods and results in the February 2022 issue...

Assistant scientist Jae Yang
Feb 11, 2022

The Department of Biochemistry is pleased to announce Jae Yang as the winner of the 2022 Boyer Award for Postdoctoral Excellence in Biochemistry. The award recognizes and rewards excellence in research accomplishments in the Department of Biochemistry.

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Feb 03, 2022

Congratulations to biochemistry major Victoria Zurakowski, who won second place in the 2021-2022 Student Employees of the Year competition! Nearly 9,000 students work in thousands of roles across UW-Madison, and each of these students creates an impact that's felt throughout campus. The Student Employee of the Year recognition acknowledges the invaluable work of some of these students. Zurakowski is a program assistant at the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research, which aims to improve research mentoring relationships at all career stages by developing,...

Biochemistry professor Philip Romero
Feb 02, 2022

Neural networks and machine learning once seemed like far-fetched futuristic concepts but are now proven successful tools that can help scientists approach big problems (and big datasets). A major advantage for machine learning is that it can analyze high throughput datasets and pull out the best predictions out of millions of sequence combinations — a needle in a haystack process that would be impossible to do experimentally in the lab.

Professor Aaron Hoskins
Jan 10, 2022

Professor Aaron Hoskins is a new member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Meetings Committee. Other new committee members include professor Kim Orth of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Martha Cyert, a professor and department chair at Stanford, and Jared Rutter, a professor at the University of Utah and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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Dec 21, 2021

At the conclusion of each year, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) takes a moment to look back and reflect on the accomplishments of the college's community. Among this year's standouts, a story by Sarah Lynn Traver Saunders about a $40 million award from the NSF to establish a network for advanced NMR across three institutions! Congrats again to professors Katherine Henzler-Wildman and Chad Rienstra on this achievement. Henzler-Wildman and Rienstra are leading the installation of the first of two new nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers planned for the Network for...