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.

Graduate student Tom Lane receives his PhD

Tom Lane, PhD

Tom Lane under the direction of Dr. Kevin Slep, successfully defended his dissertation on November 3, 2017 and received his PhD!

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.

Halloween 2017 – special thanks to…

Thanks to students Hanna Trzeciakiewicz (Cohen Lab) and Aaztli Coria (Laederach Lab) and office staff Jamie DeSoto, Lynn Ray, and Susan Sarvis for organizing a fun Halloween party. Prizes for best individual costume went to Dr. Edward Moreira Bahnson with the white skeleton face and bow tie. Best group costume went to the Parise Lab with the mice costumes. Winner of the Pumpkin weight contest went to Bobby Lee (Bergmeier Lab). Actual weight was 33 pounds. Winner of the Candy Corn Count went to Aleksandra Skrajna (McGinty Lab). Actual count was 1340 candy corns.

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.”

Grad Student Cassandra Hayne receives her PhD!

Cassandra Hayne, PhD

Hayne successfully defended her dissertation and received her PhD on August 31, 2017.

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.