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May 26, 2016

“It’s quite a story,” says Caruccio. “UW-Madison had a researcher who spent his career trying to understand this strange and unexpected phenomenon — DNA jumping from place to place inside a single cell. Eventually, Bill Reznikoff discovered the enzyme responsible for that, which would have been a landmark by itself. But then this small biotech company in Madison picked up on the enzyme, made an improvement, used it to speed up next-generation sequencing, and was sold to the maker of the fastest gene sequencers on the market."

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May 26, 2016

This award honors IPiB graduate students who have consistently demonstrated commitment to quality, innovative classroom teaching and mentoring in a laboratory setting.

Made possible by the generosity of Arnold E. and Catherine M. Denton

Congratulations Becky!

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May 25, 2016

This award recognizes a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow who best exemplifies the spirit of Sigrid Leirmo, who received her Ph.D. degree in the Department of Biochemistry in 1989 and was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Bacteriology when she died tragically in an accident in October 1990. Dr. Leirmo was widely acknowledged among her fellow students and colleagues as both a promising researcher and an enthusiastic friend and mentor.

Congratulations Kim!

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May 24, 2016

Biochemistry professor Rick Amasino and life sciences communication professor Dominique Brossard were in Washington D.C. last week to participate in the congressional and public briefings associated with the release of a new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report on GMOs. Both were members of the committee tasked with assembling the report, titled “Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects.”

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May 19, 2016

Recognizing distinguished scholarship as well as standout efforts in teaching and service.

Congratulations Laura.

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May 13, 2016

Dr. William J. Rutter,  will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Wisconsin–Madison on Friday, May 13, 2016.

Rutter is a founder of the field of biotechnology, having made seminal contributions in both academia and industry. He received pivotal training here at the University of Wisconsin–Madison with Prof. Henry Lardy, one of many eminent scientists at our renowned Institute for Enzyme Research. His research group made many extraordinary contributions, including the first cloning of genes encoding insulin and growth hormones, development of the first recombinant...

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May 10, 2016

From the Wisconsin State Journal 05/08/2016

UW-Madison researchers are joining scientists around the world in using a powerful gene editing tool that is transforming biology and could improve human health

In fruit flies, Wildonger is altering nerve cell proteins that control movement, mirroring human conditions collectively known as spastic paraplegia. She’s also studying mutations associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Since CRISPR has been available for only a few years, it may take a while for the general public to see any tangible benefits. But for...

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May 05, 2016

Charlie Lor, Cathy Michael, David Parker and Kerry Tobin have been selected as one of five teams to receive UW-Madison's 2016 Administrative Improvement Award for their work developing the Biochemistry Logistics Tool (BLT).

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Apr 28, 2016

Doubts about their ability to become pregnant affect as many as 25 percent of American women, and solving that problem is the basic business plan for BluDiagnostics. Although the startup company was born in the University of Wisconsin—Madison Biochemistry Department, co-founder Katie Brenner (Weibel Lab) says the idea came directly from her own difficulty with conception.

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Apr 25, 2016

UW-Madison sophomore Stephen Early, in partnership with the the Goodman Community Center in Madison, WI, has been awarded a 2016-17 Wisconsin Idea Fellowship to support an open and all-inclusive scientific community-partnership with underserved communities in the Madison area.

The project was one of nine selected for the 18th annual Wisconsin Idea Fellowships, a program that awards undergraduate projects working to solve issues identified by local or global communities. Fellowships are awarded to semester-long or year-long projects designed by an undergraduate student or group of...

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Apr 13, 2016

Professor James Ntambi has been honored with one of eight 2016 Wisconsin Without Borders Awards. Professor Ntambi was part of the Village Health Project team honored with the Peter Bosscher Award.

The Wisconsin Without Borders Awards Ceremony is on Thursday, April 21 fro 4-5:30pm in the Wisconsin Idea Room at the Education Building on Bascom.

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Apr 05, 2016

UW-Madison Bochemistry students traveled to San Diego for this years American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting.


From left to right: Matt Stefely (Pagliarini), Brexton Turner (Hoskins), Alina Zdechlik (Ntambi), Sara Bugliosi (Landick), Lindsey Felth, Mary Menhart (Cox), Bowon Joung (Cox), George Luo (Hoskins), Matt Lammers (Weibel), Serena Wan (Cox), and Willey Lin (Eisenstein)

We had 11 students from the department compete in the undergraduate research poster competition here this past Saturday. There were about 230 students from across the...

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Apr 04, 2016

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.

Congratulations to Hannah Mast from the Aaron Hoskins lab.

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Mar 30, 2016

Sam Butcher has been awarded the Spitzer Excellence in Teaching Award.

The Spitzer Teaching Award recognizes an individual who has significantly enhanced the quality and impact of undergraduate or graduate instruction in CALS through outstanding teaching practices, pedagogical scholarship or other beyond-the-classroom accomplishments that have shaped students' learning experiences and/or the teaching practices of other instructors.

The CALS community is invited to help celebrate the college’s 2016 CALS staff and faculty honorees, including CALS faculty and staff award...

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Mar 21, 2016

Thiago Santos from the Weibel lab has been named a recipient of a Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Award. This award, administered by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences was established through the estate of Elsa Thomsen. The Louis and Elsa Thomsen Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship is based on excellent academic performance and research productivity during ones Ph.D. career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Congratulations Thiago!

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