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


Welcome to UNC Biochemistry and Biophysics. We have a vigorous, diverse research program and we are home to UNC Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Aziz Sancar. We are the 4th highest NIH funded biochemistry department in the country for 2018. We provide a robust educational and research training program for our graduate students that prepares them for top careers in biochemical and biophysical sciences or related fields. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our research, graduate program, events and dynamic people who make us great!

Leslie Parise
Leslie Parise, PhD Professor and Chair

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UNC School of Medicine Celebrates 2019-20 Yang Family Biomedical Scholars

Posted 3 days ago

The award, which recognizes the research achievements of young tenured faculty, is made possible through a generous donation from Lenovo Chairman and CEO Yuanqing Yang with additional financial support from Mr. To Hing Wu. This is the fourth annual class of Yang Family Biomedical Scholars, and the recipients are Chad Pecot, Li Qian, Gregory Scherrer, Greg Wang.

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2019 Graduate Student Leaders

Posted 5 days ago

We would like to say a big thank you to our graduate student leaders for 2019 and those serving on the GECO committee. Also a big shout out to our student who co-founded the Shadow A Scientist in 2018.

Rick Baker PhD coming soon 2020

Rick Baker joins the Department

Posted 1 week ago

We welcome Dr. Rick Baker assistant professor who is joining us on December 9, 2019. Dr. Baker is an expert in the technique of cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM).

Suzanne Barbour

Suzanne Barbour featured on two part series of Focus Carolina podcast

Posted 1 week ago

As dean of The Graduate School at Carolina and professor of biochemistry & biophysics, Dr. Suzanne Barbour is working to train the next generation of scholars through traditional degree programs. At the same time, she is working to ensure that students interested in non-academic careers and non-traditional students coming back to school have meaningful programs to get additional credentials and skills to help them advance in their careers.

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Newsworthy: UNC Researchers Develop Machine Learning Algorithm to Detect Inflammation

Posted 1 week ago

Inflammation is a common indication of many health conditions, but calculating how the underlying biology of inflammation contributes to specific diseases has been very difficult. For the first time, a team of researchers at UNC School of Medicine now report the development of a new technology to identify white blood cells called neutrophils that are primed to eject inflammatory DNA into the circulation via a process called NETosis. The findings are published in Scientific Reports.

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How Tiny Enzymes Reign Supreme in World-wide Carbon Recycling

Posted 1 week ago

Richard Wolfenden, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics, details how white rot fungi produce enzymes that turn out to be key players in the carbon cycle. Without these little enzymes – without carbon recycling – we’d be in a world of hurt.

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