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

Sancar Nobel medal

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.

G. Greg Wang received a Career Development Program grant from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

G. Greg Wang, PhD

The LLS grant will enable Wang lab to carry out unbiased oncogene target screening and shift towards new therapies of hematological malignancies.

Eron, Kuhlman named Smithies Investigators

photo of Joe Eron MD and Brian Kuhlman PhD

The UNC School of Medicine selected professors from the departments of medicine and biochemistry & biophysics for the annual award in honor of the late Oliver Smithies, UNC’s first Nobel Prize winner.

Congratulations to Five Faculty for their Long Service to the State

Genetic Medicine Building

The UNC Chapel Hill Human Resources acknowledged the total state service for the following members of the department of Biochemistry and Biophysics for the second half of 2018.

Griffith elected into National Academy of Sciences

photo of Jack Griffith, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Griffith is one of 84 new members being recognized for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. National Academy of Sciences membership is one of the highest scientific honors conferred in the United States.

Graduate Student Pedro N. Pozo Publishes in Molecular Biology of the Cell and receives his PhD

photo of Pedro N. Pozo thesis defense 2018

Pedro N. Pozo, graduate student in Cook lab publishes his first-authored paper in MBoC and he receives his PhD.

By solving a mystery of gene repair, scientists uncover an exception to biology’s rules

photo of Dale Ramsden, Ph.D., UNC Prof. and Dir. of Graduate Studies for Biochemistry & Biophysics

Dale Ramsden, PhD, Prof. and Dir. of Graduate Studies for Biochemistry & Biophysics, and his colleagues published a major study in the journal Science revealing surprising findings about the way major breaks in our DNA are repaired.

Can Scientists Change Mucus to Make It Easier to Clear, Limiting Harm to Lungs?

photo of Brian Button PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics near equipment

UNC School of Medicine and Duke University researchers, led by Brian Button, PhD, Assoc. Prof. of Biochemistry & Biophysics, show why coughing can’t force mucus free from airways to help people battle cystic fibrosis and chronic bronchitis, and how new treatments could alter mucus to make coughing more therapeutic.

Nobel Laureate: Aziz Sancar, M.D., Ph.D. featured in Carolina Stories

photo of Oliver Smithies and Aziz Sancar

The prize honors Sancar’s work mapping the cellular mechanisms that underlie DNA repair, which occurs every minute due to environmental factors. He credited his success to his many collaborators, and to UNC’s supportive environment.

Insights about prostate cancer resistance could lead to treatment strategies

photo of image2 2018 H. Shelton Earp, MD, and G. Greg Wang, PhD,

In the journal Molecular Cell, researchers led by G. Greg Wang, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, and H. Shelton Earp, MD, describe the role of a protein variant called androgen receptor variant 7 (AR-V7), which is an alternative form of the androgen receptor that plays a key role in prostate cancer development and treatment.