Aziz Sancar, Md, Phd – 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Just when you figure we know everything, all of a sudden, something comes along, and there is a whole new field to explore."
-Aziz Sancar


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Sancar Nobel medal

Sancar’s Replica Nobel Medal Now on Display at Wilson Library

Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, gifted one of 3 replicas of the Nobel Prize medal UNC. It is now on display in the newly installed numismatics exhibit at the Wilson Special Collections Library.

G. Greg Wang, PhD

G. Greg Wang received a Career Development Program grant from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The LLS grant will enable Wang lab to carry out unbiased oncogene target screening and shift towards new therapies of hematological malignancies.

Carolyn Clabo and Ming Jing Wu PhD receive 2018 Staff Excellence Awards

Congratulations to our 2018 Staff Excellence Award winners, Carolyn M. Clabo, Communications and Development Manager, and Ming Jing Wu PhD, Neher Lab Manager for their teamwork, creativity and innovation, positive attitude, enthusiasm, productivity, flexibility and leadership.

photo of Joe Eron MD and Brian Kuhlman PhD

Eron, Kuhlman named Smithies Investigators

The UNC School of Medicine selected professors from the departments of medicine and biochemistry & biophysics for the annual award in honor of the late Oliver Smithies, UNC’s first Nobel Prize winner.

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