News 2016

Wolfgang Bergmeier featured in Carolina Scientific 2016 spring issue
In the Spring 2016 issue of the UNC Carolina Scientific magazine, Wolfgang Bergmeier is profiled in a story titled "Platelets, the sports car of the vascular system."
We rank 8th nationally in NIH funding for 2015
The Department continues to rank highly for NIH funding among all Biochemistry departments in the US. In 2015, the Department secured 15.1 million in federal funding and ranks 8th.
UNC Nobel laureates Oliver Smithies and Aziz Sancar present medals to UNC
Sancar, the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, donated his prize money to a Chapel Hill foundation. Smithies donated his monetary award to four universities, including UNC.
Two UNC School of Medicine startup companies featured in Congressional event
Renovion and EpiCypher, spinouts from the work of David Henke, MD, and Brian Strahl, PhD, respectively, were celebrated at the 2016 National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer’s University Startups Demo Day.
Study opens new door for ALS drug discovery
For the first time, scientists pin down the structure of toxic clumps of a protein associated with a large number of ALS cases, opening new avenues in the pursuit of drugs to stem the disease.
Stephani Page featured on cover of ASBMB Today
In the September 2016 issue of ASBMB Today, postdoc in the Dohlman lab, Stephani Page (and dept graduate alum) was featured in the cover article for a piece on scientists active on social media.
Scientists digitally mimic evolution to create novel proteins
Published in the journal Science, a study by researchers in the Kuhlman lab offers a new route to design the 'cellular machines' needed to understand and battle diseases.
Sancar to receive the NC Award, the state's highest honor
The state's highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award, will be presented to six distinguished North Carolinians on Thursday, September 22. Congratulations to Drs. Aziz Sancar and Paul Modrich who are among the six honorees.
Sancar receives top honor from Triangle Business Journal
Congratulations to Dr. Aziz Sancar, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics, who received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Triangle Business Journal and is named as one of their Healthcare Heroes for the year.
Sancar delivers Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture
On Oct. 20, 2016, Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, 2015 Nobel Laureate, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, delivered the annual Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture.
Sancar and Modrich honored as "Heroes of the Game"
On January 15, during Teacher Appreciation night, Aziz Sancar of UNC and Paul Modrich of Duke were honored as "Heroes of the Game" for their shared 2015 Nobel prize in chemistry.
Sancar and Kibbe elected to National Academy of Medicine
Nobel Prize Winner Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD and Melina Kibbe, MD join only twelve current and former UNC School of Medicine faculty members in the prestigious National Academy of Medicine.
New optogenetic tool moves proteins within cells to study biological changes
Researchers in Brian Kuhlman's lab use lasers to switch proteins off and on to watch how quickly cells react to their new reality.
New ALS discovery: scientists reverse protein clumping involved in neurodegenerative conditions
From a new study published in Structure, researchers in the lab of Nikolay Dokholyan have discovered a way to protect neurons from toxic effects by countering the tendency of the protein SOD1 to clump in motor neurons.
Jill Dowen receives a 2016 Kimmel Scholar Award
Congratulations to Jill Dowen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics and Biology for her selection as a 2016 Sidney Kimmel Foundation Scholar in cancer research.
Harriet Fulbright Institute announces the Prof. Aziz Sancar Girls in STEM Project
Seven hundred girls from seven cities in Turkey will engage in science, technology, engineering, and math education during a series of three-day conferences.
Greg Wang receives a research scholar grant from ACS
The American Cancer Society awards Greg Wang, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics, a research scholar grant to study the role of PRC2 dysregulation in cancer.
Grad student S. Niranj Chandrasekaran receives his PhD
Niranj successfully defended his dissertation and received his PhD on March 11, 2016.
Grad student Onur Dagliyan receives his PhD
Onur successfully defended his dissertation and received his PhD on March 4, 2016.
Grad student Mahmoud Shobair has a paper of the week in JBC
Congratulations to Mahmoud, a graduate student in the lab of Nikolay Dokholyan! His paper was selected as the paper of the week in the February 19, 2016 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
Grad student Alka Das receives her PhD
Alka successfully defended his dissertation and received her PhD on April 7, 2016.
Gary Pielak receives Carl Branden Award from Protein Society
Congratulations to Dr. Gary Pielak! He is the 2016 recipient of the Carl Branden Award from the Protein Society for his contributions to the field of protein chemistry.
Evolution may have moved at a furious pace on a much warmer Earth
Findings from the lab of Dr. Richard Wolfenden, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics show that rates of spontaneous DNA mutation could have been 4,000 times higher than they are now, thanks to a hotter planet billions of years ago.
Dohlman named Chair of the Department of Pharmacology
Dr. Henrik Dohlman, Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics and joint in Pharmacology has been named Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, effective Oct. 1, 2016.
Cook Promoted to Full Professor
Congratulations to Biochemistry and Biophysics faculty Jean Cook who was promoted from associate professor to full professor effective August 1, 2016.
Carter and UNC collaborators receive a Templeton Foundation award
Congratulations to Dr. Charles Carter, Jr., Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics and Dr. Eric Brustad, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Dr. Rihe Liu, Professor of Pharmacy, who have been awarded a major grant from the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution of the John Templeton Foundation.
Carolina's Nobel Laureates meet President Spellings
On March 23, 2016, Carolina's two Nobel laureates, Oliver Smithies, Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Aziz Sancar, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics meet with new UNC system President Margaret Spellings.
Carnegie Corporation tabs Aziz Sancar as “Great Immigrant” honoree
Each year on Independence Day, the organization publishes its list entitled “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” to honor the accomplishments of notable immigrants. Dr. Aziz Sancar, 2015 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry is a 2016 Carnegie Corporation honoree.
Bergmeier receives 2016 ATVB Special Recognition in Thrombosis
Congratulations to Wolfgang Bergmeier, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics who has been awarded the 2016 ATVB Special Recognition Award in Thrombosis.
Aziz Sancar honored as Tar Heel of the Year
2015 Tar Heels of the Year are Aziz Sancar of the University of North Carolina and Paul Modrich of Duke University.
ASBMB Today highlights Dohlman in their winter issue
In the December 2015 issue, ASBMB Today features Dr. Henrik Dohlman, Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics in a "Generations" spotlight that speaks to the importance of education and a shared passion for science and hard work in the Dohlman family.
An Epigenetic First: researchers pinpoint protein's role in key biological process
UNC researchers help piece together how the key players in DNA methylation work together during gene regulation, a key finding needed to develop better therapies.
Alumni Mike Whitfield receives $1 million grant for his research
Michael Whitfield, PhD, a graduate alum who trained in the lab of Dr. William Marzluff has received a $1 million transformational award to study the autoimmune disease systemic scleroderma.