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Nov 17, 2015

This grant enables honors students to undertake more demanding and extensive honors senior thesis research projects than might otherwise be possible. Besides recognition of an excellent thesis proposal, grant recipients receive funds (up to $1500) to cover the expendable supplies, travel expenses and related costs needed to complete the research.

Congratulations Matthew from the Weibel lab.

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Nov 10, 2015

Laura Kiessling, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and the Department of Chemistry, has served the University of Wisconsin-Madison for over 24 years. She is a leading figure in chemical biology and her research has provided new insights and discoveries in several areas of biochemical principles, changing existing paradigms. She has been heavily involved in leadership and service roles in the college, university and beyond, including service as the director of the Keck Center for Chemical Genomics since 2002 and the director of the NIH Chemistry-Biology Interface Program since...

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Oct 14, 2015

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has selected Madhusudan Rajendran from the University of Wisconsin - Madison as a 2015 award recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program.

The ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program (UR-Capstone) focuses on enhancing presentations and networking skills, and provides students with resources to transition to disciplinary scientific meetings.

Capstone awardees demonstrate superior research project involvement and knowledge, commitment to research, and academic achievement. Each awardee received up to a $1,500...

Oct 14, 2015

The WARF Discovery Challenge is a program pioneered by the WARF student ambassadors with the goal of encouraging graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from across the entire campus to learn from each other and expand their research vision.

Congratulations Matthew (Weibel Lab)

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Oct 13, 2015

The Sussman Lab won a WARF Innovation Award for a diagnostic test offering new hope in the fight against colon cancer through earlier, easier and more detailed detection.

The diagnostic test being developed by Biochemistry Professor Michael Sussman and his team requires only a small blood sample to search for protein “red flags.” Early results suggest the new test is able to detect cancer at an early stage and may outperform other screening methods.

“We’re still in (the) early stages,” says Melanie Ivancic, a member of the team. “The pilot study in humans is going well so...

Sep 02, 2015

Dave Pagliarini, a University of Wisconsin-Madison associate professor whose departmental home put metabolism research on the map worldwide, will help define the future of Wisconsin metabolism science as a lead investigator at the Morgridge Institute for Research.

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Aug 25, 2015

Ronald T. Raines has won the 2016 Ralph F. Hirschmann Award for Peptide Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. The biennial award recognizes and encourages outstanding achievements in the chemistry, biochemistry, and biophysics of peptides.

Raines, professor of biochemistry and chemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has used synthetic peptides to reveal that an unappreciated force—the n-to-pi* interaction—stabilizes all proteins and to create hyperstable and human-scale collagens. He has also made numerous contributions to peptide chemistry.

Raines will...

Aug 10, 2015

Led by Katie Brenner, winner of 2014 Women in Science Fellowship, Ms. Autumn Greco from New York, NY and Ms. Jamese Mangum from Washington DC have joined the Weibel Lab for a week of intensive research. Follow their visit on L'OrealUSA's Twitter feed.

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Aug 04, 2015

President Barack Obama has named University of Wisconsin-Madison biochemistry Professor Judith Kimble to chair the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. Since its inception, 11 UW-Madison faculty members have received the award, which is the nation’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in science and technology.  

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Jul 28, 2015

Many human diseases—including cancer—are caused by protein malfunctions. Those malfunctions, in turn, are caused by damaged DNA that gets translated into the damaged proteins. While many clinicians and scientists are trying to treat those diseases by fixing the DNA, Ron Raines is taking a different approach—he’s looking to replace the proteins directly.

Paper of the Month at the O'Reilly The Short Answer. [pdf]

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Jul 21, 2015
Recognition of microbial glycans by human intelectin-1

Scientists seeking to develop the next generation of antibiotics may have found a crucial clue within the human body: a protein that distinguishes between our cells and those of invading microbes, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The new study, which appears in the journal Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, suggests the protein intelectin could hold the key to a new kind of antibiotic. The protein is found mostly in the human gut and the lungs, places especially vulnerable to...

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Jul 14, 2015

Cancer discovery links experimental vaccine and biological treatment

A new study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has linked two seemingly unrelated cancer treatments that are both now being tested in clinical trials.

Jun 30, 2015

Welcome to our new Chair, Brian Fox. Brian joined the Biochemistry faculty in 1993, and has served the broader University community as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Policy since 2012. Biochem welcomes Brian’s strong leadership in furthering the Department’s tradition of mentoring exceptional scientists and developing and applying its research to improve lives across the globe. We thank him for his willingness to take on this formative task, and look forward to sharing in the tremendous experience and energy he brings to his new role.  

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Jun 18, 2015

Just posted: a virtual tour of John Steuart Curry murals in the Hector F DeLuca Biochemistry Building.

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Jun 09, 2015

Commonly referred to as the “chemistry of life,” metabolism is the process by which the body uses food and oxygen to produce the energy and chemicals needed for essential functions and processes that constitute life. While diabetes and obesity may be the most well known disorders tied to metabolism, other disorders affected by imbalances in metabolism include problems in aging, brain and neural development, cardiovascular disease, immunology and cancer.