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Dec 29, 2014

The Department of Biochemistry is pleased to debut our new website.

New design, enhanced functionality, modern standards, built for the future.


Photo of David Pagliarini
Dec 12, 2014

Dave Pagliarini, a UW-Madison assistant professor of biochemistry, has established a new laboratory studying these dynamic organelles, the mitochondria. He recently published two studies shedding more light on coenzyme Q and how it’s made, one in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) in October and another in December in Molecular Cell.

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Nov 28, 2014

Alan Attie has been named an AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to genetics and endocrinology, particularly through characterization of the genetics of diabetes in mouse model systems.

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Nov 24, 2014

"Madison has a tremendous venue for athletics, tremendous venues for the arts," says David Nelson, a UW professor emeritus of biology. But aside from a few small UW departmental museums, "There really isn't a place to go and hear and see about the history of science in Wisconsin." 

But that's about to change as a new museum is expected to open downtown this summer. Currently, the leading site option for the Madison Science Museum is the entire top floor of the North Carroll Street campus of Madison College.

photo of Katie Brenner
Nov 06, 2014

L’Oreal USA and the American Association for the Advancement of Science has selected Katie Brenner as one of five female scientists in the U.S. to receive the For Women in Science Fellowship this year.

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Oct 31, 2014

For the third year, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Innovation Awards program honored inventors for the year’s most exceptional UW-Madison inventions. Biochemistry professor Ron Raines and coworker Dr. Caglar Tanrikulu were finalists for their invention of collagen mimics that could help heal wounds.

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Sep 10, 2014

In a study published, Sept. 8, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has added a new wrinkle to the cell differentiation equation, showing that the stiffness of the surfaces on which stem cells are grown can exert a profound influence on cell fate.

“To derive lineages, people use soluble growth factors to get the cells to differentiate,” explains Laura Kiessling, a UW-Madison professor of chemistry and biochemistry and stem cell expert.

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Jul 15, 2014

The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association recently continued its proud tradition of promoting student excellence at UW–Madison.

Amanda Belltrame chosen as one of ten outstanding sophomores through a rigorous prescreening process that focused equally on academic achievement, campus involvement/leadership, community service, and relevant experience. 

Jun 27, 2014

“These fish have converted a muscle to an electric organ,” explains Mike Sussman, a professor of biochemistry and director of the UW-Madison Biotechnology Center. The six electric fish lineages, all of which evolved independently, used essentially the same genes and developmental and cellular pathways to make an electric organ.

Jun 17, 2014

The annual award from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation supports emerging investigators with innovative ideas in biochemistry, biological sciences and cancer research.

Tucker Carrocci
Jun 09, 2014

Tucker Carrocci from the Hoskins Lab won the 2014 Biochemistry Poster Prize for "innovation in the study of RNA biochemistry" at the 2014 RNA Society Meeting in Quebec City, Canada.  His poster was entitled "Deoxyribozymes for Preparation of Fluorescent Pre-mRNAs without Splinted Ligation".

Jun 03, 2014

UW-Madison's David Brow, Samuel Butcher and colleagues have captured images of the splicesome, revealing details never seen before.

May 13, 2014

Danielle Lohman (Pagliarini Lab) and Sandy Tseng (Ansari Lab) have earned 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellowships. Their selection was based on their outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as their potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise.

This award also recognizes significant contributions to science outreach, signified by Danielle and Sandy's roles as the co-chairs of the Student Faculty Liaison Committee (SFLC) Outreach program.

Rachel Dvorak
May 08, 2014

Each year, an American university may nominate only four undergraduates for a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards in the U.S. conferred upon undergraduates studying the sciences.

Rachel Dvorak, an undergrad junior majoring in biochemistry has won a 2014 Goldwater Scholarship. Rachel currently is working in Mike Cox's lab. She hopes to receive a doctorate in neurology, as well as a medical degree, in order to conduct research in neurology. She aims to develop treatments and prevention methods for dementia-related diseases and disorders.

Douglas Weibel
May 01, 2014

Just as he does with his research, Weibel takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching.

He has made critical contributions to several biochemistry courses, including a complete reorganization of Biochemistry 651, a capstone for the major that now interweaves physics, engineering, chemistry and biology concepts, and also includes hands-on opportunities for students to dissemble instruments and study their design.