Assistant scientist Jae Yang
Feb 11, 2022

The Department of Biochemistry is pleased to announce Jae Yang as the winner of the 2022 Boyer Award for Postdoctoral Excellence in Biochemistry. The award recognizes and rewards excellence in research accomplishments in the Department of Biochemistry.

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Feb 03, 2022

Congratulations to biochemistry major Victoria Zurakowski, who won second place in the 2021-2022 Student Employees of the Year competition! Nearly 9,000 students work in thousands of roles across UW-Madison, and each of these students creates an impact that's felt throughout campus. The Student Employee of the Year recognition acknowledges the invaluable work of some of these students. Zurakowski is a program assistant at the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research, which aims to improve research mentoring relationships at all career stages by developing,...

Biochemistry professor Philip Romero
Feb 02, 2022

Neural networks and machine learning once seemed like far-fetched futuristic concepts but are now proven successful tools that can help scientists approach big problems (and big datasets). A major advantage for machine learning is that it can analyze high throughput datasets and pull out the best predictions out of millions of sequence combinations — a needle in a haystack process that would be impossible to do experimentally in the lab.

Professor Aaron Hoskins
Jan 10, 2022

Professor Aaron Hoskins is a new member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Meetings Committee. Other new committee members include professor Kim Orth of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Martha Cyert, a professor and department chair at Stanford, and Jared Rutter, a professor at the University of Utah and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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Dec 21, 2021

At the conclusion of each 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 story by Sarah Lynn Traver Saunders about a $40 million award from the NSF to establish a network for advanced NMR across three institutions! Congrats again to professors Katherine Henzler-Wildman and Chad Rienstra on this achievement. Henzler-Wildman and Rienstra are leading the installation of the first of two new nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers planned for the Network for...

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.

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