News 2013

Zhang awarded March of Dimes Starter Scholar award
Congratulations to Dr. Qi Zhang, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, who has received the 2013 Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award from the March of Dimes Foundation.
White House To Honor UNC-SOM Scientist for Early Career Achievement
Dr. Brian Strahl, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics will attend a White House ceremony in honor of his selection for the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
When science becomes personal: a role for personal life in advocacy
Learn more about Stephani Page, Biochemistry and Biophysics graduate student, via Nature blog's Soapbox Science as she speaks out about her experiences and the importance of science advocacy.
We rank 4th nationally in NIH funding!
The Department ranks fourth among all Biochemistry departments in the US, up from seventh in 2011.
Varma and Gaddameedhi receive NIH Pathway to Indepedence awards
Congratulations to Shobhan Gaddameedhi, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Sancar Lab and Dileep Varma, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Cook Lab who both received highly competitive NIH K99 pathway to independence grant awards.
UNC scientists awarded $1 million to develop new tools to study the protein methylome
Three scientists at the UNC-CH (Marcey Waters, Brian Strahl, Xian Chen) have received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation’s Medical Research Program to study a widespread but largely unexplored phenomenon that may be implicated in many diseases, including cancer.
UNC researchers identify cellular distress signal
Researchers from the Dohlman lab have discovered that a well-known associate of G protein-coupled receptors -- a common target of FDA-approved drugs -- may play a critical role in mounting a rescue effort to avert an intracellular meltdown.
UNC researchers find promising new angle for drugs to prevent stroke and heart attack
A new study in the Parise lab — the first to apply a new screening technique to human platelets — netted a potential drug target for preventing dangerous blood clots in high-risk people.
UNC researchers engineer 'protein switch' to dissect role of cancer’s key players
In the first application of this approach, the UNC researchers showed how a protein called Src kinase influences the way cells extend and move, a previously unknown role that is consistent with the protein’s ties to tumor progression and metastasis.
Two biochemistry and biophysics grad students awarded NSF Fellowships
Congratulations to Cassandra Hayne and Rebecca Pollet for receiving Predoctoral Fellowships from the National Science Foundation!
Shobhan Gaddameedhi receives CEHS-2013 Pilot Project Award
Congratulations to Dr. Shobhan Gaddameedhi, postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Aziz Sancar's lab, received $25,000 from the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility 2013 Pilot Project Award.
Shobhan Gaddameedhi places third at the poster competition of the Oliver Smithies Nobel Symposium
Congratulations to Dr. Shobhan Gaddameedhi, postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Aziz Sancar, who received the third place award at the Postdoctoral Research Poster Forum of the 2nd annual Oliver Smithies Nobel Symposium.
Scott Rothbart receives the Pincus Award from FASEB
Dr. Scott Rothbart, postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Brian Strahl is the recipient of the 2013 Pincus Travel Award from FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology).
Scott Rothbart receives a 2013 UNC Pagano Award for a best first-author postdoctoral paper
Congratulations to Dr. Scott Rothbart, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Brian Strahl's lab who is one of the recipients this year of a Joseph S. Pagano award
Rothbart receives a 2013 Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence
Congratulations to Dr. Rothbart, postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Brian Strahl, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, who received a 2013 Postdoctoral Award for Excellence in Research at UNC.
Researchers in the Strahl lab identify another piece of the "histone code" puzzle
New research from the lab of Dr. Brian Strahl, associate professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, has shown how a protein called UHRF1 “reads” the histone code in a specific way to perform an important cellular function.
Parise elected as the Federal Issues Subcommittee chair for the PAAC of ASBMB
Congratulations to Dr. Leslie Parise, Professor and Chair of Biochemistry & Biophysics, who has been elected as chair of the Federal Issues Subcommittee of Public Affairs Advisory Committee for ASBMB.
NIH and UNC Researchers Define Role of Protein Vinculin in Cell Movement
Researchers at UNC and NIH have defined the role of the protein vinculin in enabling cell movement in a paper published in the JCB,
New mechanism for cancer progression discovered by UNC and Harvard researchers
The protein Ras plays an important role in cellular growth control. Researchers have focused on the protein because mutations in its gene are found in more than 30 percent of all cancers, making it the most prevalent human oncogene.
New findings from the Carter lab challenge assumptions about origins of life
Dr. Charles Carter, Jr., Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics resurrect “molecular fossils” to conduct experiments that undercut the predominant scientific theory of how life began on Earth.
Meet our new department grad student reps for 2013-2014
Karen Plevock and Cassandra Hayne are the new Biochemistry and Biophysics student representatives for the term 2013-2014.
Leslie Parise nominated as a new Associate Editor of Blood
Congratulations to Dr. Parise who will become an Associate Editor of Blood, a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Society of Hematology, effective January 2013 for a four-year term.
Kuhlman Promoted to Full Professor
Congratulations to Biochemistry and Biophysics faculty Brian Kuhlman who was promoted from associate professor to full professor effective March 1, 2013.
Grad Students Jamie Campbell and Keith Miller receive the 2013 Diane Harris Leadership Award
Jamie Campbell and Keith Miller have both been awarded the 2013 Diane Harris Leadership Award for their exemplary public service as doctoral students in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
Grad Students 2013 Retreat Winners
Congratulations to Peter Thompson, Harsha Gunawarden, Seth Zimmerman, Tim Jacobs and Marino Convertino.
Grad Student Rachel Redler receives her PhD!
Rachel successfully defended her dissertation and received her PhD on December 6, 2013.
Grad Student Rachel Creager-Allen receives her PhD!
Rachel successfully defended her thesis and received her PhD on October 1, 2013.
Grad Student Justin Black awarded an AHA Predoctoral Fellowship
Congratulations to Justin Black, graduate student of Biochemistry and Biophysics, who was awarded a Predoctoral Fellowship by the American Heart Association!
Grad Student Jonny Leano featured in a student profile by UNC BBSP
Meet Jonny Leano and learn more about his background, research, and accomplishments .
Grad Student Jaime Campbell receives 2013 Dissertation Completion Award
Congratulations to Jaime Campbell, a graduate student of Biochemistry & Biophysics, for receiving the 2013 Dissertation Completion Award.
Grad Student Eliza Peterson receives a 2013 GEAB Impact Award
"Eliza's novel inhibitors will have a significant impact on the long-term efficacy of different antibiotics," said advisor Scott Singleton, PhD. Congratulations to Eliza on her achievement!
Grad Student Daul Cole receives his PhD!
Daud successfully defended his dissertation and received his PhD on December 3, 2013.
Grad Student Beezly Groh receives her PhD!
Beezly successfully defended her dissertation and received her PhD on November 8, 2013.
Grad Student Aaron Hobbs receives his PhD!
Aaron successfully defended his thesis and received his PhD on October 25, 2013.
Gaddameedhi receives a 2013 Postdoctoral Award for Excellence in Research
Congratulations to Dr. Gaddameedhi, postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Aziz Sancar, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, who received the 2013 Postdoctoral Award for Excellence in Research at UNC.
Dr. Gerald Crabtree hosted by students for a distinguished lecture
Biochemistry and Biophysics graduate students host Gerald Crabtree, MD for a special lecture on "Chromatin Regulation: New Concepts and Methods"
Dohlman selected as JBC associate editor
Congratulations to Dr. Henrik Dohlman who will become an Associate Editor of Journal of Biological Chemistry, a peer-reviewed journal, effective July 2013 for a five-year term.
Cook named Associate Dean for Graduate Education
Congratulations to Dr. Jeanette Cook, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics who assumed her new administrative role on Sept. 15, 2013.
Conquering Chromatin
Congratulations to Greg Wang, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, who was awarded a Jefferson Pilot Fellowship from UNC School of Medicine to further his research mission searching for better ways to shut down cancer cells.
Clumps of red and white blood cells may contribute to sickle cell disease
Research in the Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, by Dr. Julia Brittain, Research Assitant Professor and Dr. Leslie Parise, Professor and Chair have shown that blood from sickle cell patients also contains clumps, or aggregates, of red and white blood cells that may contribute to the blockages.
Chemical tags likely to affect metabolism, cancer development
New research in the lab of Dr. Yue Xiong, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics, suggest that the addition or removal of a certain type of chemical tag - called an acetyl group - onto metabolic enzymes plays a key role in how cellular metabolism is regulated.
Cell death mystery yields new suspect for cancer drug development
Sept 13, 2013 - Discovery by UNC researchers in the Parise lab uncover a prime suspect for new cancer drug development. The team’s findings were published in the journal Oncogene.
Carter lab news one of the top ten stories in 2013
Congratulations to Dr. Charlie Carter, Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, whose publication in the September 13th issue of Journal of Biological Chemistry was selected as one of UNC School of Medicine's top ten stories of the year.
Bergmeier receives the BACH Investigator Recognition Award from ISTH
Dr. Wolfgang Bergmeier is the recipient of the Investigator Recognition Award at the 16th Biennial Awards for Contributions to Haemostasis (BACH) from the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH).
Bergmeier receives Established Investigator Award from AHA
Congratulations to Dr. Wolfgang Bergmeier, Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics for receiving an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association for research on "The Platelet Signaling in Inflammation and Autoimmunity".
ASBMB Today highlights Henrik Dohlman as a new JBC associate editor
Learn more about Henrik Dohlman, professor and vice chair of biochemistry and biophysics, from his profile highlight in ASBMB Today's December 2013 issue.
Alumni Research Day is Thursday, May 16th
The Department is featuring a full day of events including invited alumni talks by distinguished researchers, Dr. Lee Limbird (Dean of School of Natural Sciences at Fisk University) and Dr. Sylvie Doublie (Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Biology at University of Vermont), talks by our current students, a poster session, and a panel discussion by alumni on career paths and more. Learn more and join us!
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