Recent News

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.
Yue Xiong receives 2011 Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award
The award, established in 2007 by the Battle Foundation of Rocky Mount, recognizes exceptional cancer research within UNC's School of Medicine and comes with a $25,000 prize.
NEW BIOCHEMISTRY COURSES
We are introducing 4 new courses for Fall 2010 and Spring 2011!
Rivenbark receives the ASIP Excellence in Science Award
UNC graduate students winners at 2010 Global Venture Challenge
Chemical tags likely to affect metabolism, cancer development
New research in the lab of Dr. Yue Xiong, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics, suggest that the addition or removal of a certain type of chemical tag - called an acetyl group - onto metabolic enzymes plays a key role in how cellular metabolism is regulated.