Photo of Talos Arctica
Mar 02, 2021

The Department of Biochemistry is home to two new facilities conducting groundbreaking work in Cryo-EM and Cryo-ET. The UW–Madison Cryo-EM Research Center (CEMRC) is set to open in spring 2021, and the opening of the Midwest Center for Cryo Electron Tomography (MCCET), a national hub, is anticipated in early 2022. Both centers are housed in the Hector F. DeLuca Biochemical Sciences Complex, and directed by biochemistry professor Elizabeth Wright.

Read more about Biochemistry’s deep involvement in this revolutionary technology in the Spring 2021 issue of Grow:

Meet our faculty logo
Mar 02, 2021
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?

I grew up in and around London in the UK, in Wimbledon (I’m still a big tennis fan) until I was about ten, then a place called Kingston. I went to Hampton school, which was famous for rowing: I was small so they tried to convince me to cox, but you had to get up too early in the morning.

Where did you carry out your postdoctoral research?

I did my first postdoc in the UK at the National Institute for Medical Research, I then did a second postdoc in the US, at Janelia Research Campus...

NMRFAM logo
Feb 25, 2021

Professors Katie Henzler-Wildman and Chad Rienstra, co-directors of the National Magnetic Resonance Facility at Madison (NMRFAM), have been awarded a P41 grant to pioneer new methods for solid-state NMR. The research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and provides $6.5 million over 5 years.

The project builds on existing NMR technology to extend its reach to the broader scientific community. It includes collaborations between NMRFAM and leading experts in the study of Parkinson's disease, antifungal drug development, blood coagulation, and the function of ion channels...

Meet our faculty logo
Feb 15, 2021
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?

I grew up in Clinton, MA, a small mill town near Worcester. I went to public school in Clinton and to MIT for undergraduate studies in chemistry. I got my Ph.D. in Chemistry under the guidance of Dr. Michelle Chang at the University of California, Berkeley. (go Bears!)

Where did you carry out your postdoctoral research?

I did a postdoc with Dr. Jim Wells at the University of California, San Francisco.

Molecule illustration for article
Feb 04, 2021

In a paper published in Nature Chemical Biology, Assistant Professor Vatsan Raman describes a new computation-guided method to optimize the design of split protein systems that can be used to monitor and regulate biological activity.

Split protein systems are biochemical tools that can be used to monitor and regulate biological activity. A protein of interest is broken into two inactive pieces that, under user-defined conditions, can rejoin to form a functional protein. However, it can be difficult to engineer a split such that the protein will reconstitute effectively only under...

NMR Structure image from figure 5B
Feb 03, 2021

Biochemistry Professor Katie Henzler-Wildman and her team of researchers have published findings on the structure and dynamics of EmrE, utilizing a new method to determine the protein’s structure in greater detail than had been previously available. EmrE is a membrane protein that may provide key insight into antibiotic resistance, a rising public health concern.

Congrats over UW shield logo
Feb 02, 2021

The Department of Biochemistry is pleased to announce Benjamin Minkoff as the winner of the 2020 Boyer Award for Postdoctoral Excellence in Biochemistry. The award recognizes and rewards excellence in research accomplishments in the Department of Biochemistry.

Minkoff was part of a team of researchers who invented a new technique to perform protein 'footprinting,' or ‘protein painting.’ The technique, called Plasma-Induced Modification of Biomolecules (PLIMB), uses a machine invented by the team that allows researchers to gather data on protein structure, assembly, and interactions...

Meet our faculty logo
Feb 01, 2021
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?

I grew up in western Michigan, attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and then MIT for grad school with Robert Griffin at the Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory. My PhD is in Chemistry (specializing in Physical Chemistry) but I also got an education in practical engineering there by building a variety of instrumentation, especially NMR probes along with machinists, electronics technicians, and physicists in the facility.

Photo of John Suttie
Jan 28, 2021

John W. Suttie, celebrated scientist and professor of Biochemistry and Nutritional Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison, died on December 21, 2020 in Green Valley, Arizona, at 86. He was a nationally recognized and influential researcher, scholar, and advocate for the scientific community, and to his peers and colleagues, a cherished friend, storyteller, collaborator and pioneer.

Congrats over UW shield logo
Jan 27, 2021

Biochemistry Professor Aaron Hoskins has been selected as a 2021-2022 Vilas Associate, awarded by the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. The Vilas Associates award recognizes new and ongoing research of the highest quality and significance.

Hoskins’s research focuses on RNA splicing, a biological process requiring assembly of large RNA-protein complexes, or spliceosomes, from dozens of individual components. RNA splicing is fundamental and essential to gene expression in all eukaryotes, from plants to humans.

Meet our faculty logo
Jan 19, 2021
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?

I grew up in southern California near Huntington Beach where I spent a lot of time in the ocean. I went to UC Davis.  After graduating I worked as a technician for Gilead Sciences and after that I decided I wanted to live in Burlington, Vermont so I did my PhD at UVM.

Where did you carry out your postdoctoral research?

UCLA

As a child, who was your biggest influence?

My grandfather, who worked on box cars for the Santa Fe railroad in Chicago

Photo of John Suttie
Jan 08, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce Biochemistry Professor Emeritus John Suttie died on December 21, 2020 in Arizona, where he had been living for the past several years. John was a faculty member in Biochemistry from 1961-2001 and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He was known scientifically for his outstanding work on blood clotting including the metabolism and mode of action of vitamin K; he was also a great mentor and dedicated teacher. We will miss him dearly. A full written tribute from the Biochemistry community will be shared on our website in the coming days.

Meet our faculty logo
Jan 04, 2021
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?

I grew up in the country in central Indiana surrounded by corn and soybean fields and spent most of my time playing in barns. I went to elementary school in Dayton, IN (a town of about 600 at the time). For college, I went to Purdue and then to MIT for grad school with JoAnne Stubbe.

Where did you carry out your postdoctoral research?

I had a joint postdoctoral position with Jeff Gelles and Melissa Moore at Brandeis U. and UMass Medical School.

Meet our faculty logo
Dec 14, 2020
Please tell us a little about yourself. 
Where did you grow up?  Where did you go to school?  

I was born in Denver, CO, 1956 and grew up in Boulder, CO. My entire educational track is as follows: Columbine Elementary School (1967); Centenial Junior High School (1971); Boulder High School (1974); University of Colorado (1 year); Carleton College (BA, Chemistry, 1981); University of Minnesota (PhD, Biochemistry, 1989); Carnegie Mellon University (postdoctoral fellow); University of Wisconsin (Assistant Professor, 1993).

Where did you carry out your postdoctoral research?

...

Adler and DeLuca 90th celebration logo
Dec 14, 2020

The year 2020 marked an important and impressive occasion for two Emeritus Professors in the Department of Biochemistry. Both Julius Adler and Hector DeLuca celebrated their 90th birthdays.

The Department was hoping to celebrate Adler and DeLuca with a reception earlier this year, but COVID-19 halted those plans. Instead, we’ve asked former lab members and alumni to help us honor them by sharing some of the anecdotes and messages of appreciation you would have heard in person.

So grab some refreshments, pull up a chair, and read on as our Biochemistry friends regale us with...

Pages