The CryoEM Revolution has Arrived

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Installation of a Thermo Scientific Talos Arctica 200 Kv cryo-transmission electron microscope (cryo-TEM) is nearly complete in the Glaxo Research Building at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Once functioning this summer, this $3-million instrument will bring exciting new capabilities to researchers across the university and others in the RTP area. The Talos Artica will be the centerpiece of the new cryoEM core facility, directed by Joshua Strauss, PhD, assistant professor in the department of biochemistry and biophysics.

NIH awards nearly $2 million to Cell Microsystems to boost biomedical research

photo of William Marzluff, PhD distinguished faculty of biochemistry and biophysics and joint with biology

The lab of William Marzluff, PhD, UNC Kenan Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics will collaborate with Cell Microsystems on gene editing projects to speed up the use of CRISPR workflows in lab experiments.

Study provides insights behind hyperactivation of key cell proliferation signal

photos of Pengda Liu PhD and Shelton Earp MD

In a study in Nature Communications, Pengda Liu, PhD, assistant professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Shelton Earp, MD, director of UNC Lineberger and the Lineberger Professor of Cancer Research, and their collaborators reported discoveries about a key signaling pathway that can be hyperactive in kidney cancer.

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

photo of Leslie Parise PhD

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

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.