Holiday Party 2017 Highlights

Biochemistry & Biophysics Year End Holiday Party 2017

Our department gathered at the Carolina Club to celebrate the holidays on December 13, 2017.

UNC Scientists Discover Proteins Keeping Stem Cells in their Undifferentiated State

Jean Cook, PhD

The lab of Jean Cook, PhD, in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, found how a chain of proteins called an MCM complex could enable the fast cell-division that makes some forms of cancer so dangerous. The study first author Jacob Matson, a PhD candidate in the Cook lab performed most of the experiments.

Campbell receives Liebscher Distinguished Professorship

Sharon Campbell, PhD

Congratulations to Sharon Campbell who has been appointed the Gary F. Liebscher Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, effective November 1.

Dokholyan Meets with President of Armenia

Nikolay Dokholyan, Ph.D., shake hands with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.

Nikolay Dokholyan, Ph.D. from Biochemistry/Biophysics and Alexander “Sasha” Kabanov, Ph.D. from Pharmacology met with the President of Armenia on Nov. 8, 2017.

Welcome Anita Jackson, MD, MPH to the department!

Anita Jackson, MD, MPH

Anita Jackson, MD, MPH is our new Development Officer

Parise helps bring Nobel Prize winning CryoEM technology to UNC and RTP

Leslie Parise has been working for years to bring the technology that won a Nobel Prize. “We are going from nothing to three instruments.”

The Science of Fluoride Flipping

Qi Zhang, PhD

Zhang lab develops a new imaging technique helps UNC researchers study tiny, time-sensitive biological processes – the crucial underpinnings of human health and disease.

Bergmeier Blood Advances cover

Bergmeier Blood Advances cover

Blood Advances From the cover. Bergmeier lab image has been selected for the cover of Blood Advances 1:18 issue.

Neher receives Jr. Faculty Research Award from NLA

Saskia Neher, PhD

Congratulations to Saskia Neher, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics who received a Basic Science Award from the National Lipid Association (NLA)!

Newly designed viral vectors could lead to improved gene therapies

Aravind Asokan, PhD

UNC and University of Florida researchers created viruses to deliver gene therapies while evading pre-existing immune system responses. Congratulations to Aravind Asokan, Assistant Professor of Genetics with a Joint Appointment in Biochemistry and Biophysics of whose findings provide a road map for designing virus strains that can evade neutralizing antibodies.