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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]

Photo of Laura Kiessling
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...

Photo of Ron Raines
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.  

Small photo of The Role of Biochemistry In Plant and Animal Nutrition
Jun 18, 2015

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

Logo of the Morgridge Institute for Research
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.

Bose Scholars and Khorana Program logos
Jun 05, 2015

On Friday May 22 the Indian Consulate in Chicago hosted the annual orientation of the Khorana and Bose Scholars, programs that develop research leaders in the US and India through two-way exchange.

Khorana MIT News
From the Chicago Tribune
From News India


Jun 04, 2015

Katie Brenner and the Madison startup she co-founded, bluDiagnostics, won the grand prize in the 2015 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan contest.

Katie is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Weibel lab. Congrats Katie!

Photo of Hectore DeLuca
Jun 01, 2015

Renowned biochemist and Wisconsin Academy Fellow Hector DeLuca discusses the profound application of vitamin D in medicine, including new treatments in the areas of immunity and autoimmunity, in this special Wisconsin Academy Talk.

May 20, 2015

Congratulations to '15 Biochemistry graduate Emily Baumann (Audhya Lab) for being named a "Top 15 of 2015"

Biochemistry major Emily Baumann and wildlife ecology and environmental studies major Katelyn Budke have spent their senior year growing UW Boxable, a Styrofoam recycling program. The project has been awarded $105,000 in grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Baumann and Budke recently helped launch similar programs at two other universities.

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May 19, 2015

Dr. Ann Palmenberg has been appointed a Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation professorship.


May 11, 2015
Congratulations Biochemistry Undergraduates:

Sophomore Research Fellowships:
Funded by a one-year University of Wisconsin System Undergraduate Research & Discovery Grant, the Sophomore Research Fellowships provide $2,500 each to undergraduate students and $500 to their faculty/staff advisors to work in collaboration on research projects.

Jaime Brown, Friesen Lab
Ryan Rebernick, Shelef Lab
Sarah Wang, Thibeault Lab
William Xiang, Bushman Lab
Annie Yao, Guo Lab

University Book Store Awards for Academic Excellence:
A generous grant from...

Photo of Hector DeLuca
May 07, 2015

Hector DeLuca, professor emeritus of biochemistry, will discuss the profound application of vitamin D in medicine, including new treatments in the areas of immunity and autoimmunity, at an upcoming talk hosted by the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts & Letters. The talk, titled “Vitamin D: A Pharmaceutical Fountain,” is set for Tuesday, May 12 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, located at 221 State Street.

The talk:

Vitamin D: A Pharmaceutical Fountain - with Hector DeLuca from Jason A. Smith on Vimeo.

Biochemistry at UW-Madison
Apr 28, 2015

The following students have been selected to receive Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships.

Claudia Aldrich , Kiessling Lab
Adam Awe, Dent Lab
Amanda Beltrame, Raines Lab
Carol Coutinho, Watson Lab
Nathan Delvaux, Holden Lab
Richard Giza, Murphy Lab
Matthew Grieshop, Ansari Lab
Amal Javaid, Hank Lab
Katherine Jiang, Fox Lab
Matthew Lammers, Weibel Lab
Adam Lauko, Craig Lab
George Luo, Hoskins Lab
Tej Mehta, Weichert Lab
Kevin O'Connor, Record Lab
Alexander Peterson, Raines Lab

Photo of Darryl Wesener
Apr 22, 2015

Congratulations to Darryl Wesener from the Kiessling Lab for his top research proposal at the recent WARF Discovery Challenge.

The Discovery Challenge, part of the WARF Student Ambassador Program, is a two-part research competition for UW–Madison graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from all departments and fields of study. It aims to promote cross-disciplinary research and provides a forum for students to share research results, exchange ideas, improve their communication skills and seek new collaborators. It consists of a research symposium on April 9, followed by a...