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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.
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.
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.
Aziz Sancar accepts 2016 O. Max Gardner Award
Dr. Aziz Sancar, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics and 2015 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry earns the 2016 O. Max Gardner Award, the highest faculty honor awarded by the UNC Board of Govenors.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.