Corn tassels and leaves are backlit by the sun as the plants grow in a farm field at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's West Madison Agricultural Research Station during summer on July 13, 2012. Photo: Jeff Miller/UW-Madison
Oct 18, 2021

On crisp fall days in Wisconsin, farmers throughout the state harvest crops like field corn. UW-Madison scientists are looking for alternatives that result in a reduction in fertilizer applications by using bacteria that thrive on the gel of aerial roots of corn.

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Oct 14, 2021

Amy Weeks, an assistant professor of biochemistry, was named a 2021 Packard Fellow. One of 20 members of the 2021 class of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation's Packard Fellows for Science and Engineering, Weeks will receive $875,000 of funding over five years to explore new research frontiers.

Assistant Professor Judi Simcox
Oct 12, 2021

Diabetes disproportionately impacts underrepresented minorities, who have a higher prevalence of diagnosis and complication rates of diabetes compared to white individuals. Assistant Professor Judi Simcox's research will identify and classify previously unstudied lipids to determine whether these could be possible biomarkers for metabolic disease in women and underrepresented minorities.

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Oct 04, 2021

This academic year, six College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) faculty members were selected to receive CALS or department professorships/chairships. Three of these faculty members work in the Department of Biochemistry. Read more below.


Professor Elizabeth Wright
Oct 04, 2021

An NIH-funded center at UW-Madison that provides access to advanced instrumentation for cryo-electron tomography specimen preparation, high-resolution imaging, computational analysis and training nears completion.

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Sep 28, 2021

Tim Grant’s first day at the Morgridge Institute for Research was anything but typical.

On the morning of March 16, 2020, he opened his email inbox to find several messages from fellow Morgridge scientists. Many said they weren’t coming into the office and wouldn’t be able to meet him for a welcome lunch.

After a tour of what appeared to be an empty building and a brief meeting with Brad Schwartz, the institute’s chief executive officer, they addressed the elephant in the room:

“We probably shouldn’t do the lunch, right?”

“Yeah, we won’t do the lunch.”


Web of hypothesized interactions between C. difficile and gut commensal bacteria.
Sep 21, 2021

An R21 from the National Institutes of Health will help assistant professor Ophelia Venturelli and her co-investigator Daniel Amador-Noguez, an associate professor of bacteriology, tease apart the microbial interactions and metabolites impacting C. difficile growth.

Local changes, global effects: Unpacking action at a distance using computers, X-rays and classic biochemistry
Sep 21, 2021

In their most recent Nature Communications paper, Assistant Professor Vatsan Raman, IPiB graduate student Kyle Nishikawa, and their team unpack action at a distance in proteins using cutting-edge techniques.

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Sep 07, 2021

The Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) - the joint graduate program of the Department of Biochemistry and the Department of Biomolecular Chemistry - is pleased to welcome its newest cohort of graduate students. As all recruiting activities were held virtually due to the pandemic, incoming students and faculty alike seem particularly excited to meet one another and begin the academic year in-person.

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Sep 07, 2021

An award from the NIH will help the National Magnetic Resonance Facility at Madison maintain and excel in the services it provides to scientists and other users, such as facilitating experiments that scientists may not be able to perform at their home institutions.

Aug 26, 2021

Biochemistry Professor James Ntambi was recently re-elected to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Council.

Postdoctoral researcher Leland Hyman
Aug 03, 2021

A WARF Accelerator Award will help commercialize a droplet microfluidics-based cell characterization method developed by graduate student and postdoctoral researcher Leland Hyman.

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Jul 28, 2021

Listen to the Deeper Than Data with Ben Rush podcast to catch Assistant Professor Judi Simcox’s insights on mentorship, inclusivity in science and more.

Jul 16, 2021

Biochemistry Assistant Professor Ophelia Venturelli spoke with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center about her lab's research developing generalizable, model-driven framework to predict microbiome growth and metabolic capabilities.

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Jul 12, 2021

Congratulations to David S. White, postdoc in the Hoskins Lab, who was recently awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32) from the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). David’s award begins in December 2021 in the amount of $197,994 across three years.