Sep 10, 2013

For nearly a decade, scientists have thought that they understood how plants produce lignin — a compound that gives plant tissues their structure and sturdiness, but can limit their use as a source of biofuels.

Now, thanks to a collaboration involving the U.S. Department of Energy Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) and several international institutions, researchers have identified a new gene responsible for producing a previously unknown enzyme that is central to lignin synthesis. The breakthrough, which was recently published in Science (6 Sept. 2013, vol 341 #6150),...

Aug 29, 2013

In an era of widespread genetic sequencing, the ability to edit and alter an organism's DNA is a powerful way to explore the information within and how it guides biological function. A paper from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the August issue of the journal GENETICS takes genome editing to a new level in fruit flies, demonstrating a remarkable level of fine control and, importantly, the transmission of those engineered genetic changes across generations.

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Aug 12, 2013

New approaches for studying ribonucleoprotein biogenesis and recycling The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

Jun 11, 2013

The UW Board of Regents voted Friday in favor of naming three UW-Madison buildings and the area they comprise after renowned biochemist Hector F. DeLuca.

May 08, 2013

Douglas B. Weibel from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been named the 2013 ASCB Early Career Life Scientist Awardee. Weibel was selected because of his many creative accomplishments in research and teaching, including K-12 education. His focus has been on the cell biology of bacteria, in part because of their virtually unparalleled experimental power, in part because of their importance to human health and in part because of their translatability into K-12 public classrooms. Both his research and teaching interweave chemistry, biophysics and engineering to address basic mechanisms...

Apr 30, 2013

Often the first contact of the department, Laura provides illustrations, webpage support, data, media, photography and the department’s annual newsletter. She has a great ability to turn even the simplest, not-yet-formulated idea into a beautiful presentation. 

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Apr 30, 2013

The following student has been selected to receive an Holstrom Environmental Scholarship:

Heather Smaby, Richard Lindroth Lab

The following students have been selected to receive Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships:

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Apr 30, 2013

James Mukasa Ntambi is the winner of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education.

To watch a video of the talk James gave about his Uganda Project outreach click here

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Apr 20, 2013

Congratulations 2012 Biochemistry Graduate Award Winners
Boyer Award: Zak Campbell
Liermo Award: Amber Schuh
Grad Teaching: Rachel Kubiak
Grad Teaching: Basudeb Bhattacharyya

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Apr 19, 2013

The Royal Society of Chemistry has named Professor Ron Raines as the winner of the 2013 Jeremy Knowles Award. This annual award is "to recognize and promote the importance of inter- and multi-disciplinary research between chemistry and the life sciences".

Photo of Hector DeLuca
Mar 19, 2013

Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

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Mar 06, 2013

W. Wallace “Mo” Cleland January 6th 1930 - March 6th 2013

The Department of Biochemistry mourns the passing of Mo Cleland who died tragically on March 6th following a fall on ice. We will miss him greatly. We extend our condolences to his family and his vast array of scientific followers who have benefited from his clear vision of science over the past 53 years in Madison. The Department of Biochemistry is planning a celebration of his life in the Spring/Summer of 2014 and a memorial fund is being established.

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Mar 05, 2013

Congratulation Dr. Weibel!

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Feb 26, 2013

The American Chemical Society- Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division has named Professor John Ralph the 2013 Anselme Payen Award winner for his outstanding contribution to their field of science.

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Dec 19, 2012

Professor Laura Kiessling has been named the recipient of the 2013 Murray Goodman Memorial Prize. This award will recognize Dr. Kiessling's seminal contributions in the area of molecular glycobiology and carbohydrate biochemistry. The award is presented by the Biophysical Society in partnership with the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry.