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May 05, 2022

The Joshua Coon Lab and Timothy Grant Lab united the power of two major tools in biotechnology. In research published in Nature Communications, the labs describe a game-changing advance that marries mass spectrometry and electron microscopy (EM).

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May 02, 2022

Formally and informally, in lecture halls and online portals, by email and phone, and even on city buses, biochemistry faculty advance greater understanding of COVID-19 and ways to prevent the disease from spreading.

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May 02, 2022

As part of the global effort to understand SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19), CALS scientists have pivoted their existing research projects, launched entirely new studies, and banded together to share knowledge and resources. Experts in the Department of Biochemistry are the linchpins of many of these efforts.

Undergraduate student Jaitri Joshi
Apr 25, 2022

From identifying research areas of interest to navigating lab cultures, WISCIENCE’s undergraduate research programs are touchpoints for students during their time at UW–Madison. When undergraduate Jaitri Joshi graduates this spring, the biochemistry and life sciences communication double major will have spearheaded several WISCIENCE initiatives and been a WISCIENCE Undergraduate Research Peer Leader for over three years. Jaitri sat down with Department of Biochemistry communications specialist Catherine Steffel to share her story.

Jason Cantor
Apr 14, 2022

Assistant professor Jason Cantor has received a 2021 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award. His was among the ten award-winning proposals that represent early-stage, innovative and cutting-edge technology in medicine and biomedical engineering.

“In our 16th year supporting innovative, early-stage biomedical research with the potential to benefit children, the 2021 competition for Individual Biomedical Research Awards once again proved to be exceptional. Nominees who received an award leveraged internal support and guidance from their participating institution, as well as the...

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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...

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