Interstellar biological experiments could aid human space travel

If humans are to live in outer space for years at a time, it’s important to understand how the microbes in and on their bodies are affected by space conditions. Humans have trouble performing the most basic tasks when in space thanks to microgravity and they must wear protective gear to safeguard them from the interstellar radiation. But how do microbes experience these effects that aren’t present on Earth?

Forgotten molecules: The fruits of an emeritus professor’s 40-year career are contributing to the modern search for new medications

In the complicated process of drug discovery, scientists screen large collections of molecules in search of a range of properties that indicate they could be used as antibiotic, antifungal, or anticancer agents, or even neurological drugs. When compared to the types of molecules synthesized for drug discovery today, the old-school way in which biochemistry emeritus professor Laurens Anderson’s molecules were made gives them some unique properties, so they are taking on new significance.

Biochemistry’s state-of-the-art imaging facilities benefit campus researchers and students

Imaging is a powerful tool in many biochemists’ repertoire. The Department of Biochemistry is home to a large collection of equipment and facilities, including the Biochemistry Optical Core (BOC) and upcoming cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) facility, that allows scientists to pursue their many imaging endeavors.