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Limas named 2018-19 Gilliam Fellow by HHMI

Limas named 2018-19 Gilliam Fellow by HHMI

Juanita Limas will receive $50,000 to support her biomedical research in the Cook lab.

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Kuhlman wins DeLano Award for computer applications to enhance research

Kuhlman wins DeLano Award for computer applications to enhance research

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology issued 12 awards to top scientists, including Brian Kuhlman, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics.

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Greg Wang and Qi Zhang become associate professors with tenure

Greg Wang and Qi Zhang become associate professors with tenure

Congratulations to Greg Wang and Qi Zhang, associate professors of biochemistry and biophysics who received tenure as a UNC faculty effective June 1, 2018.

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LLS awards Wang Career Development Program Scholar Grant

LLS awards Wang Career Development Program Scholar Grant

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has awarded Biochemistry and Biophysics Associate Professor G. Greg Wang, PhD, a five year, $550,000 Career Development Program Scholar Grant to support his research to decipher and target acute myeloid leukemia cell dependency and epigenetic mutations.

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Could Reading our Circadian Clocks According to DNA Repair Optimize Chemotherapy?

Could Reading our Circadian Clocks According to DNA Repair Optimize Chemotherapy?

For the first time, UNC School of Medicine scientists led by Nobel laureate Aziz Sancar analyzed whole-genome DNA repair in an animal over 24 hours to find which genes were repaired, where exactly, and when, laying the groundwork for a more precise use of anti-cancer drugs.

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How Does Plant DNA Avoid the Ravages of UV Radiation

How Does Plant DNA Avoid the Ravages of UV Radiation

The lab of Aziz Sancar, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, reveals the first-ever repair map of an entire multicellular organism to illuminate the inner workings of the plant kingdom’s highly efficient DNA repair system special thanks to the research of Onur Oztas, PhD, Christopher Selby, PhD, Ogun Adebali, PhD.

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Large Aggregates of ALS-causing Protein Might Actually Help Brain Cells

Large Aggregates of ALS-causing Protein Might Actually Help Brain Cells

UNC School of Medicine scientists led by Nikolay Dokholyan, Michael Hooker Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, add to evidence that small aggregates of SOD1 protein are the brain-cell killing culprits in ALS, but the formation of larger, more visible, and fibril-like aggregates of the same protein may protect brain cells.

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Brian Strahl Awarded NIGMS Outstanding Investigator Grant

Brian Strahl Awarded NIGMS Outstanding Investigator Grant

Congratulations to Brian Strahl, Professor & Vice-Chair of the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, for being selected to receive an R35 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) from the National Institutes of Health.

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Prognostic tool could identify high-risk breast cancer patients

Prognostic tool could identify high-risk breast cancer patients

In the journal Cell Chemical Biology, researchers led by Biochemistry and Biophysics Associate Professor and Faculty Director, Quantitative Proteomics Center for Disease Marker Discovery, Xian Chen, PhD, report on potential prognostic tool that could be used to identify high-risk patients within particular subtypes of breast cancer.

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Researchers define structure, function of enzyme key to blood cancers

Researchers define structure, function of enzyme key to blood cancers

In the journal Nature, Greg Wang, PhD, assistant professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Cell biology Program, and colleagues reported findings about the structure and function of the DNMT3A enzyme complex, which helps control gene expression.

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We rank 4th nationally in NIH funding in 2017!

The Department ranks fourth among all Biochemistry departments in the US, (both public and private institutions not just public) in 2017.

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Gene therapy researchers find viral barcode to cross the blood-brain barrier

Gene therapy researchers find viral barcode to cross the blood-brain barrier

Congratulations to Aravind Asokan PhD, Assistant Professor of Genetics with a Joint Appointment in Biochemistry and Biophysics and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member who led UNC scientists to reveal how certain gene-carrying AAV vectors can penetrate the brain more efficiently to treat brain and spinal cord conditions, while reducing liver payload.

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Strahl named Smithies Investigator

Strahl named Smithies Investigator

Congratulations Brian Strahl, PhD, professor and vice chair of the department of biochemistry and biophysics, and Jen Jen Yeh, MD, professor and vice chair of research for the department of surgery, who were selected by the UNC School of Medicine for the annual award in honor of Oliver Smithies, UNC’s first Nobel Prize winner.

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Holiday Party 2017 Highlights

Holiday Party 2017 Highlights

Our department gathered at the Carolina Club to celebrate the holidays on December 13, 2017.

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UNC Scientists Discover Proteins Keeping Stem Cells in their Undifferentiated State

UNC Scientists Discover Proteins Keeping Stem Cells in their Undifferentiated State

The lab of Jean Cook, PhD, in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, found how a chain of proteins called an MCM complex could enable the fast cell-division that makes some forms of cancer so dangerous. The study first author Jacob Matson, a PhD candidate in the Cook lab performed most of the experiments.

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Graduate student Tom Lane receives his PhD

Graduate student Tom Lane receives his PhD

Tom Lane under the direction of Dr. Kevin Slep, successfully defended his dissertation on November 3, 2017 and received his PhD!

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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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