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Sep 07, 2021

The Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) - the joint graduate program of the Department of Biochemistry and the Department of Biomolecular Chemistry - is pleased to welcome its newest cohort of graduate students. As all recruiting activities were held virtually due to the pandemic, incoming students and faculty alike seem particularly excited to meet one another and begin the academic year in-person.

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Sep 07, 2021

An award from the NIH will help the National Magnetic Resonance Facility at Madison maintain and excel in the services it provides to scientists and other users, such as facilitating experiments that scientists may not be able to perform at their home institutions.

Aug 26, 2021

Biochemistry Professor James Ntambi was recently re-elected to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Council.

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Aug 03, 2021

A WARF Accelerator Award will help commercialize a droplet microfluidics-based cell characterization method developed by graduate student and postdoctoral researcher Leland Hyman.

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Jul 28, 2021

Listen to the Deeper Than Data with Ben Rush podcast to catch Assistant Professor Judi Simcox’s insights on mentorship, inclusivity in science and more.

Jul 16, 2021

Biochemistry Assistant Professor Ophelia Venturelli spoke with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center about her lab's research developing generalizable, model-driven framework to predict microbiome growth and metabolic capabilities.

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Jul 12, 2021

Congratulations to David S. White, postdoc in the Hoskins Lab, who was recently awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32) from the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). David’s award begins in December 2021 in the amount of $197,994 across three years.

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Jun 28, 2021

Biochemistry Assistant Professor Tim Grant, also an investigator at Morgridge Institute for Research, is part of a new project supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) that hopes to create a three-dimensional map that aligns these molecules in their proper neighborhoods within a cell. This knowledge can be essential in understanding how different protein molecules work together and illustrate pathways that are used both in normal biological function and in disease.

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Jun 22, 2021

Several Biochemistry faculty are part of two inaugural WARF Research Forward Grants. The Research Forward initiative is supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and will provide funding for 1–2 years, depending on the needs and scope of the project. This initiative replaces the now retired UW2020 WARF Discovery Initiative.

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Jun 16, 2021

The University of Wisconsin–Madison will join a first-of-its-kind collaborative network for nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, which researchers use to probe large biological molecules like proteins and RNA.

The National Science Foundation announced a $40 million award to establish the Network for Advanced NMR (NAN) linking three institutions: UConn School of Medicine, the University of Georgia and UW–Madison’s National Magnetic Resonance Facility at Madison.

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Jun 15, 2021

The Department of Biochemistry is pleased to announce recipients of its 2021 undergraduate and graduate student departmental awards and fellowships.  The department celebrates the work and talent of its students, and these awards and fellowships are made possible by generous gifts to Biochemistry to fund research conducted by notably outstanding graduate and undergraduate students.

“These awards represent the excellence of our students and generosity of our supporters,” says chair Brian Fox. “We are proud to present these awards that help support undergraduates and graduate students...

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Jun 11, 2021

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

I grew up in Huntly, Montana: a small town of less than 500 people. I went to college at Carroll College in Helena, Montana where I started my research career studying sympatric speciation in black fly populations.  

Where did you carry out your postdoctoral research

University of Utah Department of Biochemistry, studying the contribution of lipids to thermogenesis 

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May 26, 2021

Researchers have developed the capability to predict and design the metabolic activities of microbial communities, which has broad implications for human health, agriculture and bioprocessing.

In a paper released May 31st in Nature Communications [link], Biochemistry Assistant Professor Ophelia Venturelli and Ryan Clark, formerly a postdoc in the Venturelli lab and now of Nimble Therapeutics, present a new computational model that predicts the community dynamics and production of the metabolite, butyrate, to explore a vast landscape of possible human gut communities. 

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May 20, 2021

At the conclusion of each spring semester, the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) Steering Committee is tasked with the challenging honor of selecting nominated graduate students and postdocs for the  Sigrid Leirmo Memorial Award in Biochemistry and the Denton Award for Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. The IPiB Steering Committee is pleased to continue the programs' commitment to teaching and mentorship by announcing the 2021 graduate student awards that celebrate these important aspects of the program. IPiB is the joint graduate program of the Department of...

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May 17, 2021
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Where did you grow up? Go to school?

I grew up in the small town of Oregon, WI where I graduated from high school. I then took the short trip up to Madison to attend the UW as an undergraduate. After I finished my bachelors degree I moved out to San Diego to attend graduate school at The Scripps Research Institute in Ian Wilson’s laboratory, using structural biology to study how influenza virus replicates its genome.

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