Wentao Li receives a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award

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Congratulations to Dr. Wentao Li, postdoctoral research associate in the Sancar lab who received a highly competitive K99 Pathway to Independence Award from NIH effective September 6, 2019.

We rank 4th nationally in NIH funding in 2018!

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We received over $19.2 million in funding from NIH. We rank 4th among all Biochemistry departments & the 2nd highest among public institutions.

Amid concerns about grad student mental health, one university takes a novel approach – Alli Schad & Dr. Jean Cook – Science Magazine

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University campuses are hotbeds of mental health concerns, including among graduate students. But the demand for counseling services often outstrips capacity

Study provides insights behind hyperactivation of key cell proliferation signal

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In a study in Nature Communications, Pengda Liu, PhD, Shelton Earp, MD, and their collaborators reported discoveries about a key signaling pathway that can be hyperactive in kidney cancer.

Carter’s work on the origins of life featured on Scipod episode

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Dr. Carter has been working to unravel some of the biggest mysteries of molecular evolution — that is, how exactly did life on Earth as we know it rise from the primordial, chemical-laden soup four billion years ago. In particular, he investigates how information flows from genes to proteins found in living organisms via genetic coding.

Pengda Liu PhD awarded V Scholar Grant

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Liu was one of 28 scientists who were awarded V Scholar Grants in 2018 by the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The two-year, $200,000 grants are designed to identify and advance innovative young scientists who are establishing their research careers.

Researchers discover potential attack strategy for aggressive breast cancer

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UNC researchers including Leslie Parise, PhD and doctoral student Alex Chung have designed a novel way to attack an aggressive breast cancer. By working with a drug development company, they hope their laboratory discovery will translate to a new treatment combination in the clinic in the future.

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

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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.