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New paradigms in Ras research

New paradigms in Ras research

Ras is a family of genes encoding small GTPases involved in cellular signal transduction. If their signals are dysregulated, Ras proteins can cause cancer. Dr. Sharon Campbell explains her lab’s research into a novel mechanism for regulation of Ras proteins by reactive free radical species.

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UNC scientists win $1.6 million stimulus award to accelerate decoding of human genome

UNC scientists win $1.6 million stimulus award to accelerate decoding of human genome

Thursday, October 15, 2009 — Dr. Xian Chen, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, who along with Dr. Morgan Giddings, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology have been awarded a $1.6 million 2-year “Grand Opportunities” (GO) grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute.

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Arrel Toews invited as the 2009 Whitehead Lecturer

Dr. Arrel Toews, Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics receives the honor of giving this year's Richard H. Whitehead Lecture.

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Aziz Sancar receives 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Texas, Dallas

Aziz Sancar receives 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Texas, Dallas

Congratulations to Dr. Aziz Sancar, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics, receives the highest honor bestowed upon alumni of the University of Texas, Dallas.

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Yi Zhang named as Kenan Distinguished Professor

Yi Zhang named as Kenan Distinguished Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Yi Zhang who has been named a Kenan Distinguished Professor effective July 1, 2009

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Brian Strahl awarded the 2009 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize

Brian Strahl awarded the 2009 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Brian Strahl, Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics, for receiving the 2009 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Award for Outstanding Artistic and Scholarly Achievement.

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UNC study identifies genetic cause of most common form of breast cancer

UNC study identifies genetic cause of most common form of breast cancer

Monday, May 11, 2009 — Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have found that defects in one tumor-suppressor gene, called p18, may override the rest, eventually leading to cancer.

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Arrel Toews receives 2009 Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Arrel Toews receives 2009 Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Congratulations to Arrel Toews, Research Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics for winning the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the highest campus-based recognition for teaching undergraduates.

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Possible drug target for obesity treatment a no-brainer

Researchers in Yi Zhang's group in the Dept. of Biochemistry & Biophysics at UNC-Chapel Hill have discovered a gene that when mutated causes obesity by dampening the body’s ability to burn energy while leaving appetite unaffected.

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Tinkering with the circadian clock can suppress cancer growth

Tinkering with the circadian clock can suppress cancer growth

Researchers in Aziz Sancar's group in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics at UNC-Chapel Hill have shown that disruption of the circadian clock – the internal time-keeping mechanism that keeps the body running on a 24-hour cycle – can slow the progression of cancer.

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UNC study supports role of circadian clock in response to chemotherapy

UNC study supports role of circadian clock in response to chemotherapy

A new study from Aziz Sancar's group in the Dept. of Biochemistry & Biophysics at UNC-Chapel Hill suggests that chemotherapy is most effective at certain times of day because that is when a particular enzyme system – one that can reverse the actions of chemotherapeutic drugs – is at its lowest levels in the body.

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Without enzymes, biological reaction essential to life takes 2.3 billion years: UNC study

Without enzymes, biological reaction essential to life takes 2.3 billion years: UNC study

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.

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