Elizabeth Wright
Jan 05, 2023

Wisconsin is now an established national leader in cryo-electron microscopy, or cryo-EM, thanks to a decade-long strategic push from the UW–Madison Department of Biochemistry and the Morgridge Institute.

Congratulations
Dec 19, 2022

At the end of each calendar year, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) takes a moment to look back and reflect on the accomplishments of the college's community. Among this year's standouts, a feature about biochemists who pivoted their research projects, launched entirely new studies, and banded together to share knowledge and resources in the global effort to learn more about SARS-CoV-2. Visit the 2022 CALS Year in Review to read about this year's highlights.

Jason Cantor
Dec 19, 2022

At a Nov. 2022 meeting of the Wisconsin Tech Council (WTC), biochemistry assistant professor and Morgridge Institute for Research investigator Jason Cantor described the renaissance taking place in metabolism research.

“The overarching hypothesis of our lab is that conventional models have likely masked our understanding of key aspects of human cell biology, and by extension, drug sensitivity,” Cantor says. “We can erroneously conclude that we’ve already discovered ‘everything’ of importance in cell biology, but in fact you can only make discoveries based on how you’ve looked for...

Professor Sam Butcher
Dec 13, 2022

Genes. They’re what control the way living things look and even function, what eye color they may have and even what diseases they may live with. Scientists have worked for decades to understand how some genes get switched on while others are switched off, or silenced, determining which traits are expressed.

In a study recently published in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, biochemists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Harvard University have found a new piece of the puzzle by identifying an unusual cube-like RNA structure that can control gene silencing in...

Logo for RNA symposium with Hessen universities
Dec 05, 2022

The governments of Wisconsin and the German state of Hesse have had a sister state relationship for nearly 40 years. In 2001, the UW System Board of Regents signed a deal establishing a far-reaching student exchange program between UW System and German universities. In 2019, a roundtable discussion was held to focus on expanding cooperation in teaching and research.

John Ralph
Nov 29, 2022

Sixteen researchers from UW–Madison, including biochemistry professor John Ralph, were recently recognized on the Institute for Scientific InformationTM list of Highly Cited Researchers 2022. The list identifies scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.

See which other UW–Madison researchers are on the list.

Judi Simcox
Nov 07, 2022

The American Federation of Aging Research (AFAR) and the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research have announced recipients of the 2022 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty. The Research Grant for Junior Faculty provides an early career investigator with up to $125,000 for one to two years to support research focused on aging processes and age-related diseases.

Awardees include biochemistry assistant professor Judi Simcox, whose research addresses questions about the metabolic signals that regulate brown fat, which produces heat and...

Illustration of a phage
Oct 27, 2022

Vatsan Raman is "supercharging evolution" to create an army of bacteria-killing phages that can combat antibiotic-resistant microorganisms.

Nithesh Chandrasekharan
Oct 26, 2022

Nithesh Chandrasekharan has been named one of the first recipients of the B.R. DasGupta Graduate Award.

ACS landmark seal
Oct 19, 2022

The American Chemical Society honored the development of the blood thinner warfarin with the National Historic Chemical Landmark designation in a ceremony at UW–Madison on Oct. 12, 2022.

Congratulations
Oct 10, 2022

With support from the National Institutes of Health 2022 High Risk, High Reward New Innovator Awards, professors Ci Ji Lim and Amy Weeks are pursuing some of their most unconventional ideas about repeating DNA sequences and the way cells reorganize proteins as they receive signals from outside their walls.

Brian Fox
Sep 16, 2022

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $178 million for bioenergy research to advance sustainable technology breakthroughs that can improve public health, help address climate change, improve food and agricultural production, and create more resilient supply chains. This funding supports cutting-edge biotechnology R&D on bioenergy crops, industrial microorganisms and microbiomes.

Recipients of the biotechnology award include biochemistry professors Brian Fox and John Ralph. Their research aims to uncover important information about how BAHD acyltransferases and acyl-...

 Congratulations
Sep 07, 2022

Xinyun (Sherry) Cao, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of biochemistry professor Robert Landick, was awarded a Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) from the NIH.

The initial award (K99) provides up to two years of mentored, postdoctoral support. The second phase (R00) provides up to three years of independent research support and is activated when the awardee accepts a full-time tenure track (or equivalent) faculty position. Cao’s K99/R00 is focused on understanding how Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) transcribes its DNA code into RNA using a multi-subunit protein called...

Congratulations
Aug 29, 2022

Biochemistry professor Mike Sussman is the first recipient of the Salm-Bray Distinguished Chair in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). This chair recognizes and rewards a faculty member who demonstrates exceptional cross-disciplinary scholarship and collaboration in human or animal health, and who advances agricultural and life sciences through identification and development of novel biotherapeutic compounds.

Elizabeth Wright
Aug 22, 2022

Legislative staff to members of Congress from the Wisconsin delegation toured UW–Madison last week, including a stop at the Department of Biochemistry’s cryo-electron microscopy research centers, where they learned how this advanced biomolecular imaging technology can be used in basic and translational science.

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