Photo of Laura Kiessling
May 01, 2004

The family of bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB) and leprosy are notoriously sturdy. And although the diseases they cause have been held in check for the past 50 years by antibiotics, some strains are becoming increasingly resistant to existing therapy.

Now, however, a new chink has been found in the cellular armor that makes these infectious diseases difficult to treat. The discovery, reported today (May 9) in the online editions of the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology by a team of chemists and biochemists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, opens the...

Feb 02, 2004

Human neural stem cells, exposed in a lab dish to the steroid DHEA, exhibit a remarkable uptick in growth rates, suggesting that the hormone may play a role in helping the brain produce new cells, according to a new study published this week in the online editions of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

The new work, conducted by a team of scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, provides some of the first direct evidence of the biological effects of DHEA on the human nervous system, according to Clive Svendsen, the study's senior author and an...

Feb 01, 2004

The Annual Biochemistry Awards Reception included two new awards this year, made possible by the generosity of Arnold E. and Catherine M. Denton.

Photo of Brendan Orner
Jan 02, 2004

Brendan will speak on the topic of The Design and Fabrication of Arrays for the Combinatorial Exploration of Cell Adherence on Monday January 26th at 3:30 in room B1118 Biochemistry.

Photo of Rick Amasino
Jan 01, 2004

In four months, when flower buds spring up from the ground, you may wonder how plants know it's time to bloom. This question has baffled plant biologists for years. Now, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have an answer: a gene that functions as an alarm clock to rouse certain plants from a vegetative state in the winter to a flowering state in the spring.

According to the researchers, the findings, published in the Jan. 8 issue of the journal Nature, could lead to new methods for manipulating the productivity of crop plants, as well as a better understanding of how...

Photo of James Ntambi
Nov 01, 2003

This award recognizes Professor Ntambi's outstanding scientific contributions towards understanding adipocyte differentiation and the regulation of gene expression involved in lipid metabolism, and the profound influence this work will have on the field of obesity research in the coming years. A formal presentation of the award will take place at the ASNS Awards Programin Washington, D.C., April, 2004.

Photo of John Markley
Oct 01, 2003

The billions of proteins that compose life on Earth remain one of the truly uncharted territories in the biological universe, due mainly to the slow and arduous techniques their exploration requires.

Now, a research partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Japanese university and company aims to develop a technology that may allow scientists to map the shapes and structures of proteins more easily than ever before. The advance promises to help unlock the inner workings of hundreds or even thousands of proteins, according to UW-Madison biochemistry professor John...

Photo of Ron Raines
Sep 02, 2003

Ron Raines has been named a 2004 recipient of the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award by the American Chemical Society. The Cope Scholar Award is given to recognize and encourage excellence in organic chemistry, and consists of $5,000, a certificate, and a $40,000 unrestricted research grant. Raines has won several other national awards for his research on protein chemistry/biology, including the 1998 Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry from the American Chemical Society and a 2001-2002 Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Photo of James Ntambi
Sep 01, 2003

An engineered mouse, already known to be immune to the weight gain ramifications of a high-calorie, high-fat diet, now seems able to resist the onset of diabetes.

Photo of 900 mHz NMR magnet
Jul 01, 2003

Now, with support from the National Institutes of Health, UW-Madison's National Magnetic Resonance Facility will be home to a machine capable of generating the largest NMR-quality magnetic field possible with current technology.

A $5 million award from NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences paves the way for the fall deployment of an 11-ton, 900-megahertz NMR magnet that will position the lab to remain as one of the top NMR research facilities in the world, says biochemistry professor John Markley,

"This system will enable us to examine biological processes we...

Photo of Dave Nelson
Apr 26, 2003

In addition to the Distinguished Teaching Awards presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison each year, the UW System also recognizes classroom excellence by way of its Alliant Energy Underkofler Teaching Awards. This year, David L. Nelson, professor of biochemistry, and Michael J. Smith, Robert Ratner Professor of Industrial Engineering, are candidates from the Madison campus.

Photo of Judith Kimble
Apr 25, 2003

The Hilldale awards are presented each year to four faculty members, one from each faculty division, in recognition of a distinguished contribution ot teaching, research, and extension/outreach while a member of the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Hilldale Awards are made possible by the Hilldale Fund, which receives income from the operation of the Hilldale Shopping Center. The funds are used to support important University programs designed to advance scholarly activity at the UW-Madison.

Hilldale Undergraduate Research Awards.

Grants from the Hilldale...

Photo of George Phillips
Apr 24, 2003

The Vilas Trustees have made possible this form of recognition for faculty in the Biological Sciences Division and will provide research support during 2003-04 and 2004-05

Photo of Marv Wickens
Apr 23, 2003

Marv Wickens has received a WARF-named Professorship: Max Perutz Professor of Molecular Biology. Prof. Wickens research has always focused on how genes work in animal cells. He has concentrated on events after DNA has been transcribed into RNA, en route to being translated into protein. He has analyzed both how mRNAs are born in the nucleus and how they are controlled in the cytoplasm. He has served extensively with the National Institutes of Health, as a member of the N.I.H. Center for Scientific Review Advisory Committee, and as member and Chairman of the N.I.H. Molecular Biology Study...

Photo of Egg Drop winners
Mar 21, 2003

Materials will be handed out on March 14th. Winners will be determined by surviving all three drops, landing the closest to the target, and using smallest number of items on the list.

This years' winners were from the Pike Lab. Second place went to the Friesen lab.

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