Photo of Jacob Karlen, biochemistry undergraduate alum
Aug 10, 2017

An upbringing on a Wisconsin dairy farm, combined with an interest in biochemistry, led 2008 biochemistry undergraduate alum Jacob Karlen to a career overseeing technology used to chemically analyze agricultural forage.

During the first semester of his freshman year in the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Department of Biochemistry, Karlen got involved in research at the Dairy Forage Research Center on campus. Through his biochemistry undergraduate classes and work in research, he developed a keen interest in the instrumentation used to gather data in the laboratory. Today he is...

Ophelia Venturelli, biochemistry assistant professor
Aug 03, 2017

Biochemistry assistant professor Ophelia Venturelli recently received funding for her proposal to the Army Research Office Young Investigator Program. Titled “Large-scale mapping and modeling of human gut microbiota stability and activity,” her research project seeks to develop new technologies to study microbiomes.

Christian Collin, a recent Youth Apprentice in the Department of Biochemistry's information technology office.
Jul 27, 2017

Over the years, the Department of Biochemistry's laboratories and staff members have mentored high school students through the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's Youth Apprenticeship Program. Apprentices have worked in biochemistry laboratories and in information technology and go on to successful careers or college education. 

Photo of Mark Keller, who recently earned the title of Distinguished Scientist in the Department of Biochemistry
Jul 14, 2017

Staff scientist Mark Keller’s long and successful career in the Department of Biochemistry has received some much-deserved recognition. He recently earned the prestigious University of Wisconsin–Madison “Distinguished” job title — one of only a handful in the department to ever receive the honor.

Biochemistry’s faculty and students are supported by many talented scientific and administrative staff, and for years Keller has been an integral part of the lab of Professor Alan Attie.

Photo of Ben Ehrlich mentoring elementary school students
Jul 06, 2017

By getting involved in the Adult Role Models in Science (ARMS) program, some biochemistry undergraduate majors are mentoring elementary and middle school students in science. 

Photo of Ann Palmenberg
Jun 26, 2017

Ann Palmenberg and Rob Kalejta heard complaints at one too many virology conferences about the perceived lack of women among the invited and keynote speakers. So, they did what all good scientists do: They tracked down the data.

In their recent study, published in the Journal of Virology, the University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers examined 35 years worth of invited speaker rosters from four prominent virology meetings, including the American Society for Virology, which is hosting its annual meeting in Madison, Wisconsin starting June 24, 2017. They found that men were...

Graphic of the gut microbiome
Jun 22, 2017

Out of a wide range of thirteen projects funded by the UW­–Madison Microbiome Initiative, two of them are led or in collaboration with Department of Biochemistry faculty members. The funding was announced June 20, 2017.

The Integrated Program in Biochemistry Logo
Jun 13, 2017

The Integrated Program in Biochemistry — the joint graduate program of the Department of Biochemistry and Department of Biomolecular Chemistry — is proud to announce its recent award winners. Tyler Stanage earned the Sigrid Leirmo Memorial Award in Biochemistry and Michael Kelliher and Keren Turton each received a Denton Award for Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring.

Tyler Stanage, a graduate student
in the Cox Lab, won the 2017 Sigrid 
Leirmo Memorial Award in Biochemistry.

Photo of Aaron Goldstrohm, former biochemistry postdoc
Jun 07, 2017

The Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has a long and rich history of studying RNA biology. It’s what former postdoctoral scholar Aaron Goldstrohm says drew him to the department and helped further his career.

Goldstrohm was a postdoc in the lab of professor Marvin Wickens from 2001-2008. After a stint at the University of Michigan, where he earned tenure, he is now a faculty member at the University of Minnesota. He rapidly became a leader in understanding the mechanisms of RNA regulation, and most recently, its roles in human disease.

Photo of Bradley Carlson
May 31, 2017

Congratulations to biochemistry undergraduate alumnus Bradley Carlson, who graduated in May, on the recent College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Senior Award that capped off his undergraduate career. The awards recognize academic excellence, leadership, and service.

Carlson, who hails from near Minneapolis, MN, grew up wanting to be a University of Wisconsin–Madison Badger because both of his parents are from Wisconsin. Having just graduated, he participated in many activities during his undergraduate education that are the pinnacle of leadership and service, all while...

Photo of Ophelia Venturelli
May 18, 2017

Ophelia Venturelli, assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is one of two researchers in the University of Wisconsin System to earn seed funding from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Shaw Scientist Program to pursue innovative approaches to advancing human health while supporting their career development.

Venturelli’s lab seeks to understand how diverse networks of microorganisms living in the human gut communicate to realize key functions that impact health. Her goal is to determine how these microbes process information in response to...

A congratulations sign with the university crest
May 11, 2017

The Department of Biochemistry is excited to announce the winners of its 2017 undergraduate and graduate student departmental awards and fellowships. These awards are made possible by generous gifts to the department to fund graduate and undergraduate research.

“These awards represent the excellence of our students and generosity of our supporters,” says chair Brian Fox. “We are proud to present these awards that help support undergraduates and graduate students in the lab.”

A photo of Evan Heiderscheit of the Ansari Lab presenting his poster
May 03, 2017

Each year, undergraduates from biochemistry labs travel with Department of Biochemistry faculty to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) annual meeting to participate in its poster contest. Keeping with tradition, the students were successful and brought home many awards from the 2017 meeting April 22-26.

“Overall our students represented the department extremely well,” says professor Mike Cox, who organizes the trip and travels with the students. “I had a lot of great comments from the judges about our students. These are terrific young people, and it...

Photo of Julie Mitchell
Apr 26, 2017

Faculty from the Department of Biochemistry are leading two projects that recently earned UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative awards, in addition to numerous other department faculty being collaborators on many projects.

Professor Julie Mitchell is the principal investigator on “An Adaptive Computational Pipeline to Accelerate Drug Discovery,” and professor Robert Landick is heading “Bringing the Cryo-electron Microscopy Revolution to UW­–Madison.”

Photo of Dave Pagliarini
Apr 19, 2017

Dave Pagliarini, associate professor of biochemistry and lead investigator of metabolism for the Morgridge Institute for Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is being recognized for major early-career achievement by The Protein Society.

Pagliarini will receive one of the society’s eight distinct achievement awards during its 31st Annual Symposium in Montreal in July. The Protein Society is the premier international organization dedicated to supporting protein research.

"This award is a special one for me,” says Pagliarini. “While my group likes to blend multiple...