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Archive for February, 2010

Madeline Shea named J.P. Long Awardee

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Madeline Shea, professor and vice-chair of biochemistry, was named recipient of the 2009 John P. Long Teaching Award in the Basic Sciences at a February 24 Carver College of Medicine dinner at the Brown Deer Country Club. Following in the footsteps of Arthur Spector (1999) and Peter Rubenstein (2001), this was the third time a biochemist has claimed this honor in the 14 year history of the award.

Her award nomination cited teaching methods that have defined the state of the art in education, superb mentoring, development of the FUTURE program, and her leading research program in calmodulin structure-function.  True to form, Madeline flew back into town for the award dinner from the San Francisco meeting of the Biophysical Society, where her graduate student Michael Feldkamp had been given a travel award to present the structure of calmodulin bound to the calmodulin-binding domain of the voltage-dependent sodium channel, NaV1.2.

David Allis to deliver Vestling Lecture

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Dr. David Allis, the Joy and Jack Fishman Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Chromatin Biology at Rockefeller University will deliver this year’s Vestling Lecture in the Sahai Auditorium at 4 pm on February 25.  The title of Allis’s lecture is “Beyond the Double Helix: Reading & Writing the Histone Code.”  A reception will follow the lecture. (more…)

S. Ramaswamy named Dean of inStem in Bangalore

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

S. Ramaswamy, a faculty member in Biochemistry since 2000, has been named Senior Professor and Dean of inStem, the Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine in Bangalore, India. inStem, which has been written up in Science and Forbes, represents a massive Indian investment in basic and applied stem cell research. The Department is extremely proud of Rams as a leader of this exciting endeavor and wishes him and his family the very best.

Dr. Katrina Bogan

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Congratulations are due to our newest PhD, Katrina Bogan.  A member of the Brenner group, Katrina defended her PhD thesis in Biochemistry at Dartmouth, which was entitled, “Discovery of New NAD+ Pathways and Nutritional Regulation.”  After her return to Iowa City, she will join Michael Welsh’s laboratory in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, where she plans to work on the newly discovered sensory properties of motile cilia.