Dr. Arrel Toews, Research Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, has been invited by second year medical students at UNC-Chapel Hill to provide a review of Biochemistry to prepare them for their USMLE Step I exams.
Congratulations to Dr. Brian Strahl, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, for receiving a new EUREKA award from the NIH "for exceptionally innovative research projects that could have an extraordinarily significant impact on many areas of science."
New research from scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, by graduate student Michael Lee, Pharmacology, and Dr. Henrik Dohlman, Professor & Vice Chair of Biochemistry & Biophysics, shows for the first time that an important family of proteins known to function at the cell surface also functions at a site within the cell.
Congratulations to Eric Wagner, postdoctoral fellow in William Marzluff's lab, who was awarded third place in the annual Joseph S. Pagano Award for best published paper by a postdoctoral research associate.
Congratulations to Thomas Mullen, a graduate student of Biochemistry & Biophysics, for receiving the 2008 Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award in the area of Biological and Life Sciences.
Dr. Charles Carter, Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics, in the April issue of the Nature journal Heredity, reviews two recent papers that present new insights on the codon table and provide an alternative view on the origins of the genetic code.
Congratulations to Scott Lujan, recently graduated doctoral student in Biochemistry and Biophysics, who was awarded the Diane Harris Leadership Award.
Dr. Aziz Sancar, Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, has dedicated his recent Journal of Biological Chemistry publication to Dr. Claud S. Rupert, his PhD advisor. This paper signifies the 50th anniversary of the discovery of photolyase by Dr. Rupert and his colleagues, an event marking the beginning of the DNA repair field. This anniversary coincides with Dr. Rupert's 90th birthday. Congratulations to all!
Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics have transformed cells from human skin into cells that produce insulin, the hormone used to treat diabetes.
Dr. Richard Wolfenden, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics, and member of the National Academy of Sciences, and co-author Charles Lewis, PhD publish a report in the November issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showing that without enzymes speeding the process, it would take 2.3 bilion years to complete vital biological transformation.