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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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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.

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Sep 30, 2020

Biochemistry Assistant Professor Vatsan Raman and IPiB graduate student Megan Leander have published findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on how proteins work. The findings are key to allostery, a property of proteins which is central to biology. Allosteric proteins play critical roles in cellular function, including signal transduction, metabolism, and gene regulation. Understanding how allostery works is a fundamental question in protein biophysics, and has high relevance to disease.

For instance, cancer genomes contain mutations in allosteric...

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Sep 22, 2020

MADISON — A national research initiative announced today will place the University of Wisconsin–Madison at the forefront of a revolution in imaging fostered by cryo-electron microscopy and cryo-electron tomography — technologies that can illuminate life at the atomic scale.

The National Institutes of Health will provide $22.7 million over six years to create a national research and training hub at UW–Madison that will give scientists across the country access to this game-changing technology.

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Sep 15, 2020

Reposted with permission from the Continuing Studies program.

In his village of Koumea in Togo, Africa, 8-year-old Hezouwe Walada watched nearly half of his community—including three of his young cousins—die of malaria in early 2000. He decided then and there he wanted to become a doctor.

But his dream seemed unattainable—his family was poor, the nearest school was far from his village and he didn’t even have shoes.

After 20 years, nearly 6,000 miles and a host of trials and tribulations, Walada started at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as a first-year student...

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Sep 04, 2020

The Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) is pleased to welcome its newest class of incoming students. The 2020 cohort is comprised of 14 students from across the country. Students hail from such undergraduate institutions as Smith College, Texas A&M, and Boston College, and bring with them diverse experience to adapt to the changes that come with 2020.

“It is always great to see and welcome a new IPiB incoming class,” said IPiB Program Director, Ivan Rayment. “This year the introduction to our program is more than a little bit different with masks, physical distancing, and...

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Aug 24, 2020

The Department of Biochemistry is pleased to announce six undergraduates as 2020 inductees to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society

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Aug 10, 2020

Ci Ji Lim’s first impression of UW-Madison’s campus: “amazing!” He was struck not only by the surrounding lakes – in stark contrast to the mountains in Colorado he was used to – but even moreso by the deeply meaningful interactions he had with UW-Madison’s people, its faculty, staff, and students.

Now he’ll be among them as the Department of Biochemistry’s newest faculty member.

Lim, who goes by CJ, will use Cryo-EM technology to study how mammalian telomeres are regulated and how they achieve homeostasis. Telomeres act as protective caps at the ends of chromosomes, holding...