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Dec 14, 2020
Please tell us a little about yourself. 
Where did you grow up?  Where did you go to school?  

I was born in Denver, CO, 1956 and grew up in Boulder, CO. My entire educational track is as follows: Columbine Elementary School (1967); Centenial Junior High School (1971); Boulder High School (1974); University of Colorado (1 year); Carleton College (BA, Chemistry, 1981); University of Minnesota (PhD, Biochemistry, 1989); Carnegie Mellon University (postdoctoral fellow); University of Wisconsin (Assistant Professor, 1993).

Where did you carry out your postdoctoral research?


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Dec 14, 2020

The year 2020 marked an important and impressive occasion for two Emeritus Professors in the Department of Biochemistry. Both Julius Adler and Hector DeLuca celebrated their 90th birthdays.

The Department was hoping to celebrate Adler and DeLuca with a reception earlier this year, but COVID-19 halted those plans. Instead, we’ve asked former lab members and alumni to help us honor them by sharing some of the anecdotes and messages of appreciation you would have heard in person.

So grab some refreshments, pull up a chair, and read on as our Biochemistry friends regale us with...

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Dec 08, 2020

Ann Palmenberg, Roland Rueckert Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Virology, has been named a 2020 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for her discovery and application of viral Internal Ribosome Entry Sites (IRES). She is one of three University of Wisconsin–Madison professors to receive the honor.

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Dec 01, 2020

Jill Wildonger has been named the first recipient of the Jean V. Thomas Professorship, a newly established endowed professorship in the Department of Biochemistry. The professorship recognizes Wildonger’s contributions as a researcher, her excellence as an educator, and her contributions to the governance of the university.

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Nov 30, 2020
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?

I was born in New York City. When I was a baby, my family moved to Bogota, Colombia. After six years, we moved to Caracas, Venezuela where I stayed until I went to college at UW-Madison. Both of my parents were Sephardic Jews. Their parents emigrated from Syria during World War I when the Ottomans began to draft Jews into the military. My father’s parents went to NYC. My mother’s parents emigrated to Colombia.

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Nov 25, 2020

Bill Reznikoff has been elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for deciphering the molecular details of transposition by studying a model bacterial transposon.

Understanding transposition, or the movement of DNA from one location to another, is critical to basic science.

Transposons, the elements that move from one location to another, produce mutations that are useful for creating defined defects in a wide variety of bacteria including those found humans, animals and plants. These defects provide key insights on how the organisms work.

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Nov 23, 2020

Biochemistry scientists are in good company among the many CALS researchers who have worked to harness the power of plants to fix nitrogen in the soil. Biochemistry's Bob Burris, Paul Ludden, Vinod Shah, and Ophelia Venturelli are among those who have contributed to our understanding of nitrogen-fixation, a process of tremendous importance for increasing the productivity of farm fields and their ability to feed the world's population.

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Meet our faculty logo
Nov 16, 2020
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?

I was born and grew up in small town about 25 miles east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I attended the local Catholic grade school and high school, then went to Penn State for undergraduate studies. I did my Ph.D. work at Indiana University in Bloomington and then did a postdoc at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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Nov 04, 2020

Jessica Liu, a senior Biochemistry major pursuing a pre-med track, has been chosen as the 2020 Alpha-Helix Scholar. 

The Alpha-Helix Scholarship is awarded to one undergraduate student from within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison, and is made possible by the Perry and Carolyn Frey Life Sciences Scholarship Fund.

Liu is a student in the lab of Professor Mike Cox, where she researches the molecular basis of ionizing radiation resistance in E. coli, research which may lead to the creation of new therapies, such as probiotic supplements for patients...

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Nov 02, 2020
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?

I grew up in the East Bay of California in a town called Livermore. We’re famous for having the world’s fastest rodeo, the world’s longest running light bulb, and a giant laser.

I went to UC Berkeley for my undergrad -- go Bears! Though, since I live in Wisconsin now, I’ve come to see what real college football is actually like.

Where did you carry out your postdoctoral research?

I did my postdoc at Stanford in Manu Prakash’s lab. He’s an amazingly brilliant, creative, and...

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Nov 02, 2020

Elizabeth Duchow has received a Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR). The award highlights young researchers who submit top-ranking abstracts to an ASBMR meeting.

“It’s very exciting to receive this award because it draws more attention to the research being performed in our lab,” said Duchow. “I am hoping that this new information will stimulate new questions in the field of vitamin D research!”

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Oct 16, 2020
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?

I grew up in Delaware, in the suburbs south of Wilmington. I spent twelve years in Catholic schools. The schools were good academically but I shed the Catholic part in college. My childhood was spent wading in creeks, catching frogs and snakes, and planting seeds to see what happened. Only later did I realize how many important things were happening in the world around me. Attended college at the University of Delaware and then did graduate work in the Biochemistry Department at...

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Oct 14, 2020

Scott M. Coyle, a University of Wisconsin–Madison assistant professor of biochemistry, has been named a 2020 Packard Foundation Fellow in Science and Engineering.  

Coyle, whose research focuses on understanding and engineering microscale molecular and cellular machines, is one of 20 early career scientists from across the United States to be awarded this year’s Packard Fellowship. The fellowship provides $875,000 in flexible funding over five years.

Oct 09, 2020

Ophelia Venturelli (Biochemistry) in collaboration with Philip Romero (Biochemistry) and Federico Rey (Bacteriology) were awarded an R01 grant through the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

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Oct 01, 2020

Professor Alan Attie has been awarded an RC2 grant through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Disease to explore the role of genetic variation in the response to two popular human diets.

Obesity and related metabolic disorders have reached a historic high worldwide. While health experts have long debated the benefits of two disparate diets, high-fat/low-carb vs. low-fat/high-carb, clinical studies have not determined which diet achieves optimal metabolic health.