Professor John Ralph
Dec 21, 2021

Professor John Ralph is among seventeen researchers from UW–Madison recognized on the Institute for Scientific InformationTM list of Highly Cited Researchers 2021.

Professor Chad Rienstra
Dec 09, 2021

Nearly seventy years after the discovery of Amphotericin B, scientists are still learning from this enigmatic drug. New results challenge a long-standing paradigm for the drug's mechanism of action and suggest new avenues for drug development.

Undergraduate researcher Leta Landucci
Dec 08, 2021

The Wisconsin Energy Institute spoke with Leta Landucci, an undergraduate researcher in John Ralph's lab. Leta is from Middleton, Wisconsin, and is a senior studying biochemistry.

What did your path to UW–Madison look like? 
I have always lived close to Madison, so UW–Madison was a natural choice for me. It is close to home and has a phenomenally diverse range of research opportunities, which appealed to me. 
Do you have other academic interests besides your major? 
Aside from biochemistry, I also enjoy learning about the history of science, specifically...

Assistant Professor Robert Kirchdoerfer
Nov 29, 2021

UW–Madison biochemists are studying the structures and functions of proteins and RNA synthesis complexes from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Their research, which synthesizes expertise and results from several disciplines and state-of-the-art technologies, demonstrates just how much of the “life cycle” of SARS-CoV-2 remains to be discovered—every research study, every experiment, informs another, and lives hang in the balance.

Meet our faculty
Oct 25, 2021

When we were growing up, many of us wondered what it would be like to encounter our teachers “in the wild” – outside the confines of school, what did they wear? What did they like to eat? Were they cool? Who were their friends? What would they be doing if they weren’t a teacher? 

Department of Biochemistry administrative staff have embraced this inquisitiveness, asking biochemistry faculty about everything from their worst subject in school to how they got into science and what advice they’d give a new assistant professor.

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.

The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
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.

Collage of Morgridge researchers
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.