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.

Researchers clock DNA’s recovery time after chemotherapy

The lab of Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, published a paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that could inform the creation of ‘chronochemotherapies’

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.

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.

Aziz Sancar breaks ground for the Sancar Turkish Cultural and Community Center

Photo of 7 people Groundbreaking ceremony of the Sancar Turkish Cultural and Community Center located at 1609 East Franklin Street. Chapel Hill, NC. August 30, 2018. Turkish Ambassador to the United States, Serdar Kilic, and Chapel Hill Mayor, Pam Hemminger, in attendance. photo credit Jon Gardiner UNC Chapel Hill

University officials joined dignitaries from Turkey and Chapel Hill town representatives Aug. 30 to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Sancar Turkish Cultural and Community Center, named for Carolina’s Nobel Prize winner Aziz Sancar and his wife, Gwen.

Could Reading our Circadian Clocks According to DNA Repair Optimize Chemotherapy?

Aziz Sancar, PhD

For the first time, UNC School of Medicine scientists led by Nobel laureate Aziz Sancar analyzed whole-genome DNA repair in an animal over 24 hours to find which genes were repaired, where exactly, and when, laying the groundwork for a more precise use of anti-cancer drugs.

How Does Plant DNA Avoid the Ravages of UV Radiation

Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD (photo by Max Englund, UNC Health Care)

The lab of Aziz Sancar, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, reveals the first-ever repair map of an entire multicellular organism to illuminate the inner workings of the plant kingdom’s highly efficient DNA repair system special thanks to the research of Onur Oztas, PhD, Christopher Selby, PhD, Ogun Adebali, PhD.

Where Cigarette Smoking’s Damage is Done . . . Down to Your DNA

Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD (photo by Max Englund, UNC Health Care)

A new technique from UNC School of Medicine scientists led by Nobel Prize winner Aziz Sancar reveals the genome-wide DNA damage that a major carcinogen causes.

How Life Survives: UNC researchers confirm basic mechanism of DNA repair

Chris Selby, PhD; Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD; and Ogun Adebali, PhD

Findings come from an advanced DNA sequencing application developed by the lab of University of North Carolina Nobel Laureate Aziz Sancar.

Sancar delivers Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture

Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD presenting

On Oct. 20, 2016, Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, 2015 Nobel Laureate, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, delivered the annual Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture.