Recent News

Mary Napier receives a Massey Award for Distinguished Service
Congratulations to Dr. Mary Napier, Research Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, who is a recipient of a 2012 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award.
Three-dimensional RNA modeling opens scientific doors
Dokholyan lab researchers publish a paper in the April 16, 2012 issue of Nature Methods demonstrating the structure and function of RNA molecules and paving the way to develop targets for new therapeutics.
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.
Rinku Majumder receives a UNC Research Council Award
Congratulations to Dr. Rinku Majumder, Research Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, who receives a UNC Junior Faculty Research Award.
Greg Wang awarded V Foundation Scholar Award for Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research announced this week that Greg Wang, PhD, has been awarded the Martin D. Abeloff, MD, V Scholar Award. This award goes to the research project that receives the highest rating from the V Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board. Wang is the 10th V Scholar from UNC Lineberger.
Dokholyan lab featured on the cover of Structure
Dokholyan lab has a cover story in the December 7, 2011 issue of Structure. Dagliyan et al. present a rapid molecular dynamics-based approach to reveal the mechanism of protein-peptide recognition. The authors find that the peptide, rather than the protein, undergoes an induced fit, and that electrostatic interactions guide the peptide toward the binding region.
Henrik Dohlman elected as a 2011 AAAS Fellow
Congratulations to Dr. Henrik Dohlman, Professor & Vice-Chair of Biochemistry & Biophysics, who was elected as a 2011 AAAS fellow.
Sancar lab featured on "In This Issue" of PNAS, published on November 15, 2011
Exposure to UV radiation triggers DNA lesions that can lead to skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the United States. Previous studies in mice have shown that levels of a protein called XPA, involved in repairing UV-induced DNA lesions, waxes and wanes with the time of day. Shobhan Gaddameedhi et al. found that the protein's level and activity in mouse skin cells are at their lowest at 4 AM and their highest at 4PM.
Sancar lab featured on the cover of PNAS
Sancar lab featured on the cover of JBC published on July 22, 2011
On the JBC Cover: The circadian clock is the internal timekeeping molecular system that generates a daily rhythm in an organism's physiology and behavior.