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Campbell receives Liebscher Distinguished Professorship

Campbell receives Liebscher Distinguished Professorship

Congratulations to Sharon Campbell who has been appointed the Gary F. Liebscher Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, effective November 1.

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Dokholyan Meets with President of Armenia

Dokholyan Meets with President of Armenia

Nikolay Dokholyan, Ph.D. from Biochemistry/Biophysics and Alexander "Sasha" Kabanov, Ph.D. from Pharmacology met with the President of Armenia on Nov. 8, 2017.

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Halloween 2017 - special thanks to...

Halloween 2017 - special thanks to...

Thanks to students Hanna Trzeciakiewicz (Cohen Lab) and Aaztli Coria (Laederach Lab) and office staff Jamie DeSoto, Lynn Ray, and Susan Sarvis for organizing a fun Halloween party. Prizes for best individual costume went to Dr. Edward Moreira Bahnson with the white skeleton face and bow tie. Best group costume went to the Parise Lab with the mice costumes. Winner of the Pumpkin weight contest went to Bobby Lee (Bergmeier Lab). Actual weight was 33 pounds. Winner of the Candy Corn Count went to Aleksandra Skrajna (McGinty Lab). Actual count was 1340 candy corns.

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Parise helps bring Nobel Prize winning CryoEM technology to UNC and RTP

Parise helps bring Nobel Prize winning CryoEM technology to UNC and RTP

Leslie Parise has been working for years to bring the technology that won a Nobel Prize. "We are going from nothing to three instruments."

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Grad Student Cassandra Hayne receives her PhD!

Grad Student Cassandra Hayne receives her PhD!

Hayne successfully defended her dissertation and received her PhD on August 31, 2017.

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The Science of Fluoride Flipping

The Science of Fluoride Flipping

Zhang lab develops a new imaging technique helps UNC researchers study tiny, time-sensitive biological processes – the crucial underpinnings of human health and disease.

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Changes to School of Medicine VPN Access

Changes to School of Medicine VPN Access

Beginning on Monday, September 18, 2-Step Verification will be required to utilize the UNC School of Medicine Campus VPN to access resources from off-campus locations. The Cisco VPN Client is typically used when off campus to access shared network resources such as the J: drive, and on-campus printers, as well as connecting to your office desktop using the Remote Desktop Connection. Read more for information on registering for 2-Step Verification (Duo).

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Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

The Biochemistry and Biophysics department gathered together to view the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 with cereal box projectors and protective eclipse glasses. The moon blotted out 93% of the sun. Monday's eclipse was the first one since 1918 that traveled across the United States.

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Bergmeier Blood Advances cover

Bergmeier Blood Advances cover

Blood Advances From the cover. Bergmeier lab image has been selected for the cover of Blood Advances 1:18 issue.

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Neher receives Jr. Faculty Research Award from NLA

Neher receives Jr. Faculty Research Award from NLA

Congratulations to Saskia Neher, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics who received a Basic Science Award from the National Lipid Association (NLA)!

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Newly designed viral vectors could lead to improved gene therapies

Newly designed viral vectors could lead to improved gene therapies

UNC and University of Florida researchers created viruses to deliver gene therapies while evading pre-existing immune system responses. Congratulations to Aravind Asokan, Assistant Professor of Genetics with a Joint Appointment in Biochemistry and Biophysics of whose findings provide a road map for designing virus strains that can evade neutralizing antibodies.

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Where Cigarette Smoking’s Damage is Done . . . Down to Your DNA

Where Cigarette Smoking’s Damage is Done . . . Down to Your DNA

A new technique from UNC School of Medicine scientists led by Nobel Prize winner Aziz Sancar reveals the genome-wide DNA damage that a major carcinogen causes.

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Researchers show how a cancer gene protects genome organization

Researchers show how a cancer gene protects genome organization

UNC study uncovers crucial function of a yeast enzyme Set2 whose well-conserved human counterpart is often mutated in cancers, especially kidney cancer.

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Congratulations 2017 Presentation Winners

Congratulations 2017 Presentation Winners

Congratulations to Cassandra Hayne, Jacob Matson, and Mahmud Hussain, PhD 2017 Research Retreat Talk and Poster winners!

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Parise elected UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Chair

Parise elected UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Chair

Leslie Parise, professor and chair of biochemistry and biophysics, has been elected to a three-year term as chair of the faculty beginning on July 1, 2017.

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Grad student Mahmoud Shobair receives his PhD

Grad student Mahmoud Shobair receives his PhD

Mahmoud successfully defended his dissertation and received his PhD on April 20, 2017.

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Grad student Bradley Falk receives his PhD

Grad student Bradley Falk receives his PhD

Bradley successfully defended his dissertation and received his PhD on April 17, 2017.

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April 7-19 Faculty Elections

April 7-19 Faculty Elections

The annual faculty elections will be held April 7-19, 2017. Electronic ballots will be sent by email to all members of the Voting Faculty.

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McGinty Awarded 2017 Pew-Stewart and Searle Scholarships to Pursue Cancer Research

McGinty Awarded 2017 Pew-Stewart and Searle Scholarships to Pursue Cancer Research

Robert McGinty, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor in Pharmacy with a joint appointment in the department of biochemistry and biophysics has been selected as both a 2017 Searle and a Pew-Stewart Scholar. He is the first Searle Scholar named at the University of North Carolina in the past 10 years.

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Parise Nominated as President-Elect of AMGDB

Parise Nominated as President-Elect of AMGDB

Congratulations to Leslie Parise, professor and chair of Biochemistry and Biophysics on her election as the new President of AMGDB to begin in January, 2018.

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Grad student Benfeard Williams receives his PhD

Grad student Benfeard Williams receives his PhD

Benfeard successfully defended his dissertation and received his PhD on March 24, 2017.

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Department bids farewell to Amanda

Department bids farewell to Amanda

After 9 years of dedicated service to the Department, Amanda will transition into a new position in the Office of Sponsored Research on March 27, 2017.

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Welcome Megan DeMarco our new Pre-Award Grants Manager

Welcome Megan DeMarco our new Pre-Award Grants Manager

Megan DeMarco, our new Pre-Award Grants Manager, is currently working on generating proposals with several Biochemistry & Biophysics faculty.

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Leslie Parise and Lloyd Kramer vie for UNC Chair of Faculty

Leslie Parise and Lloyd Kramer vie for UNC Chair of Faculty

The Office of Faculty Governance at UNC is pleased to announce the 2017 Chair of the Faculty candidates: Leslie Parise and Lloyd Kramer. Voting takes place on April 7th!

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Two biochemistry and biophysics grad students awarded NSF Fellowships

Two biochemistry and biophysics grad students awarded NSF Fellowships

Congratulations to Candice Crilly and Hanna Trzeciakiewicz for receiving Predoctoral Fellowships from the National Science Foundation!

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Grad student Seth Zimmerman receives his PhD

Grad student Seth Zimmerman receives his PhD

Seth successfully defended his dissertation and received his PhD on March 17, 2017.

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UNC research helps answer why genetic mutation leads to decreased triglycerides in blood

UNC research helps answer why genetic mutation leads to decreased triglycerides in blood

Cassandra Hayne, working with Saskia Neher, PhD, found that a specific mutated version of a lipoprotein binds more effectively to liver cells, thus explaining decreased levels of triglycerides in blood.

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Bergmeier nominated to serve as an associate editor for JTH

Bergmeier nominated to serve as an associate editor for JTH

Congratulations to Wolfgang Bergmeier, associate professor of biochemistry and biophysics who was just named as a new associate editor for the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

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Zhang receives a CAREER award from the NSF

Zhang receives a CAREER award from the NSF

Congratulations to Qi Zhang, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics who received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF)!

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