Photo of biochemistry major Claire Evensen
Jun 06, 2019

Biochemistry major Claire Evensen was one of just three University of Wisconsin–Madison undergraduates to receive a prestigious 2019 Barry Goldwater Scholarship for undergraduate excellence in the sciences.

She is among 496 Goldwater Scholars named this year out of 1,223 college sophomores and juniors nominated from across the country. Evensen is from Verona, Wisc. and also majoring in applied mathematics. In the Department of Biochemistry, she works in the laboratory of Professor Thomas Record.

The Goldwater Scholarship covers one year of tuition, fees, books, and room and...

Biochemistry professor David Pagliarini
May 30, 2019

Biochemistry professor and Morgridge Institute for Research investigator David Pagliarini received a 2019 H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship. Eleven total University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty received the fellowship, which recognizes faculty up to six years past their first promotion to a tenured position.

The award is named in recognition of the late Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) trustee president H.I. Romnes, and comes with $60,000 that may be spent over five years. Support for the award is provided by the UW–Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and...

May 24, 2019

What started as a side project in a laboratory in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Biochemistry is now a successful Wisconsin startup that’s closer than ever to giving women a way to easily track their hormone levels and help overcome difficulties conceiving a child.

Propelled by an abundance of resources on campus and in the city of Madison, Katie Brenner — a former UW–Madison postdoctoral researcher in biochemistry — and her co-founders at their company BluDiagnostics are seeing their idea become a reality.

"We believe that when women’s health care wins,...

Chancellor Becky Blank photo
May 16, 2019

Thirty-one University of Wisconsin–Madison biochemistry majors earned 2019 undergraduate campus awards for research and scholarly excellence. These students made up close to 20% of the overall winners across the different awards.

“Our biochemistry undergraduates are extremely talented and highly dedicated, and they also take great pride and ownership of their research projects,” says Professor Sebastian Bednarek, the chair of the Department of Biochemistry Undergraduate Committee. “Credit also goes to the biochemistry faculty, postdocs, and graduate student undergraduate research...

Photo of biochemistry professor Judith Kimble
May 09, 2019

Biochemistry professor Judith Kimble has been honored with a Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) Named Professorship, as one of 10 distinguished campus researchers receiving them this year.

Support for the award is provided by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE) with funding from WARF. The awards, which come with $100,000, honor faculty who have made major contributions to the advancement of knowledge, primarily through their research endeavors, but also as a result of their teaching and service...

Biochemistry professor Marv Wickens at the CALS Go Global symposium
May 02, 2019

Biochemistry professor Marvin Wickens is the recipient of the 2019 College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Award for Excellence in International Activities. Wickens founded and runs two research abroad programs for undergraduate biochemistry majors and other biological sciences students at UW–Madison. Now a decade old, his programs have sent nearly 100 students abroad to perform research at outstanding institutions across England and Germany, including Cambridge, Oxford, The Crick Institute in London, and the EMBL-Heidelberg.

“I had my own experiences abroad as a young...

Apr 29, 2019

The Department of Biochemistry is pleased to announce its 2019 undergraduate and graduate student departmental awards and fellowships. These awards and fellowships celebrate talented students in the department and are made possible by generous gifts to the department to fund graduate and undergraduate research.

“It’s always a pleasure to honor so many brilliant young people in this ceremony every year,” said department chair Brian Fox at the awards reception on Friday, April 26. “These awards highlight the hard work of these students, mentorship of their faculty advisors, and ...

Biochemistry professor Ophelia Venturelli
Apr 25, 2019

Two University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers have been awarded more than $1 million as part of the multidisciplinary university research initiative from the United States Army Research Office to better understand microbial communities. Jo Handelsman, director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and Ophelia Venturelli, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry, are co-investigators on the project, which involves more than $6 million and seven faculty members at universities across the United States.

Their project is titled “Investigating energy efficiency,...

Biochemistry undergraduate alumna Jennifer Loeb
Apr 02, 2019

Jennifer Loeb always knew she wanted to work on the research and development of drugs to treat diseases. Her interests brought her to the University of Wisconsin–Madison to study biochemistry and launched an exciting career that has spanned undergraduate research, lab management, product development in Colorado — and now a job connecting scientists around the world with resources and products at the life sciences company Promega in Madison, Wisc.

The Wisconsin native grew up outside of Milwaukee and says coming to UW–Madison to study biochemistry was an easy choice. Loeb graduated...

Photo of Hans Clevers
Mar 27, 2019

Update: See the videos of these seminars here. 

Hans Clevers of Utrecht University will deliver the 2019 UW–Madison Department of Biochemistry International Steenbock Lectures on May 20 and 21.

Clevers is a world leader in the field of adult stem cell biology. The signatures of his award-winning research have been defining the role of Wnt signaling in stem cell control and cancer, and launching the use of “organoids” to analyze stem cells in their 3D context within a tissue.  Clever won one of the inaugural Breakthrough Prizes in the Life Sciences in 2013, and has also...

Biochemistry faculty associate Lynne Prost
Mar 18, 2019

Students all learn differently, especially when it comes to sciences like biochemistry. Some are visual learners, others auditory. Sometimes things click better after a demonstration. It can be helpful for others to be able to listen or watch something multiple times rather than having to absorb it in just one lecture.

Online education can help instructors provide these additional learning opportunities and Lynne Prost, a faculty associate in the Department of Biochemistry, used a university professional development grant to expand her expertise in this area. Thanks to the 2018...

Former biochemistry postdoc Squire Booker
Mar 07, 2019

For Pennsylvania State University professor Squire Booker, scientific inspiration comes from elucidating the “new chemical language” behind novel biochemical reactions. It’s inspiration he picked up during this time as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Biochemistry working with now-Emeritus Professor Perry Frey in the 1990s.

Booker, a Texas native, attended Austin College and went on to graduate studies at MIT and an NSF/NATO fellowship to study in Paris before writing a letter to Frey to request to join his lab as a postdoc.

Biochemistry professor Mike Cox
Feb 26, 2019

Scientists in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Biochemistry are watching evolution happen in real time.

In a study published online this month in the Journal of Bacteriology, biochemistry professor Michael Cox and his team describe blasting E. coli bacteria with ionizing radiation once a week, causing the bacteria to become radiation resistant. In doing so, they have uncovered genetic mutations and mechanisms underlying this resistance.

The findings reveal ways to possibly engineer radiation-resistant bacteria to use for various applications in the future,...

Photo of biochemistry assistant professor Ophelia Venturelli
Feb 18, 2019

Assistant professor of biochemistry Ophelia Venturelli was recently named to a list of 34 young researchers featured in the journal Biochemistry’s “Future of Biochemistry: The International Issue” special issue.

“I am excited to be included in this list of outstanding new investigators,” says Venturelli, who is also an affiliate of the Department of Bacteriology, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. “The research areas are quite diverse and illustrate the breadth of cutting-edge research in Biochemistry.”

Photo of Huda Zoghbi
Feb 13, 2019

Huda Zoghbi of the Baylor College of Medicine will give the 2019 UW–Madison Department of Biochemistry Steenbock Lectures in early March. All members of the campus community are invited to attend these lectures and learn from this pioneer in understanding the molecular basis of human neurological disorders.