Faculty News

UNC researchers link gene to increased dendritic spines – a signpost of autism
By deleting the NrCAM gene, scientists have found a potential way to cut back on the neural connections implicated in Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Sancar lab finds final pieces to the circadian clock puzzle
Sixteen years after scientists found the genes that control the circadian clock in all cells, the lab of UNC’s Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, discovered the mechanisms responsible for keeping the clock in sync.
Strahl Lab publishes in Genes and Development
Congratulations to the Strahl Lab for their recent article "Catalysis-dependent stabilization of Bre1 fine-tunes Histone H2B ubiquitylation to regulation gene transcription" that was published in the August 1, 2014 issue of Genes and Development.
A fitness bottleneck in HIV-1 transmission
Congratulations to the Swanstrom lab that published an article titled "A fitness bottleneck in HIV-1 transmission" in the July 11, 2014 issue of Science.
The Ras Tracker
For more than 20 years, Sharon Campbell, PhD, has been studying Ras, a protein implicated in 30 percent of all cancers. Now she’s on the hunt for alternative ways to shut the protein down.
Meet the new student representatives for 2014-2015
Amy Howard (biophysics student) has joined Cassandra Hayne (biochemistry student) as the new student representative for the department.
UNC Center for Structural Biology Names New Co-Directors
Michael Miley, PhD and Ashutosh Tripathy, PhD announced as the new co-directors for the UNC Center for Structural Biology (CSB). CSB has also launched a brand new website.
Sharon Campbell receives Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award
Congratulations to Dr. Sharon Campbell, Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics, who is the recipient of the 2014 Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award.
Viva la futbol!
Dr. Aziz Sancar enjoying the games last week with several others.
Grants manager Rhonda receives a promotion
After 16 years of dedicated service to the Department, Rhonda is leaving for a promotion with OSR.
Silvia Ramos joins the Department
We welcome Dr. Silvia Ramos who has just joined the lab of Dr. Bill Marzluff as a new research faculty member in the Department.
EpiCypher co-founded by Brian Strahl is moving to Chapel Hill
Drs. Brian Strahl, Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UNC-Chapel Hill along with Or Gozani, Associate Professor at Stanford, and Mark Bedford, Professor of Molecular Carcinogenesis at the University of Texas are the scientific founders of EpiCypher, a company that develops and manufactures novel products and tools for epigenetics and chromatin biology research. As of earlier this month, the operations have been moved from Texas to UNC-Chapel Hill campus.