Recent News

Jeffrey Jones receives the 2014 Staff of the Year Award
Congratulations to lab manager Jeffrey Jones of the Cook, Kuhlman, and Strahl labs as the 2014 honoree.The Department's Staff Recognition Program was established to annually recognize a staff member for their outstanding achievement and service. Nominations are made with the following criteria in mind: teamwork, creativity and innovation, positive attitude, enthusiasm, productivity, flexibility and leadership.
We rank 5th nationally in NIH funding in 2014
The Department continues to rank highly for NIH funding among all Biochemistry departments in the US. In 2014, the Department secured 16.4 million in federal funding and ranks 5th.
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.
Welcome reception for our 2014 entering class
The Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics holds a reception on August 11th to welcome in our new graduate students.
Grad Student Stephani Page receives Diane Harris award
Congratulations to Stephani Page who received the 2014 Diane Harris Leadership Award for her exemplary public service as doctoral student in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
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.