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Jan 27, 2014

The new study describes a hormone secreted by the plant and a surface receptor known as a protein kinase. The hormone uses the receptor to influence a cell’s ability to elongate, to accommodate the growth and development of roots, stems, leaves and other plant parts.

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Jan 14, 2014

Ambalika (Rika) Khadria, a doctoral candidate in biochemistry in the Senes lab, found the right moves to demonstrate her methods for exploring the proteins key to cell division in bacteria, choreographing a winning entry in the 2013 Dance Your Ph.D. contest sponsored by Science magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Nov 26, 2013

UW-Madison senior, Biochemistry major, Drew Birrenkott of McFarland, Wis. has been awarded a 2014 Rhodes Scholarship.

Oct 30, 2013

In a pair of landmark studies that exploit the genetic sequencing of the “missing link” cold virus, rhinovirus C, scientists at UW-Madison have constructed a three-dimensional model of the pathogen that shows why there is no cure yet for the common cold.

Oct 23, 2013

University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Laura Kiessling was a presenter at the 8th annual Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (DCH) Symposium on Oct. 10. At the event, Kiessling was awarded the Hofmann medal in recognition of her outstanding career.

Oct 01, 2013

A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) is a hard lot. Patients typically get the diagnosis around age 30 after experiencing a series of neurological problems such as blurry vision, wobbly gait or a numb foot. From there, this neurodegenerative disease follows an unforgiving course.

Many people with MS start using some kind of mobility aid — cane, walker, scooter or wheelchair — by 45 or 50, and those with the most severe cases are typically bed-bound by 60. The medications that are currently available don't do much to slow the relentless march of the disease.

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