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Archive for October, 2013

Samuel Trammell’s poster is runner up at CVC Symposium

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Samuel Trammell, of the Brenner laboratory, received runner up in the Student/Postdoc category for his poster “NAD+ Metabolomics and Its Application to Nicotinamide Riboside Therapies in Rodents” at the Cardiovascular Research Center (CVC) Symposium: Academic Research at a Crossroads this month. There were 110 posters presented at the symposium. Congratulations, Sam!

Shea and FUTURE program featured in Biophysical Society Newsletter

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Madeline Shea was featured in the Biophysical Society October 2013 Newsletter. As the “Biophysicist in Profile,” Shea discussed her passion for biophysics from her undergraduate studies at CalTech to the present. In addition, the article discusses how Dr. Shea founded the University of Iowa’s Fostering Undergraduate Talent—Uniting Research and Education in Biomedicine program. The group sponsors faculty members from primarily undergraduate institutions to bring a student and work in a lab at the Carver College of Medicine over the summer. Adrian Elcock was quoted, “She has also been an outstanding leader in developing ties with other educational institutions in Iowa. In doing so, she has positively impacted the scientific careers of students and faculty well beyond the boundaries of our university.” Mazel tov, Madeline!

University of Iowa Faculty and Staff Awards Banquet recognizes Rubenstein and Cryderman

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

The Department of Biochemistry was well represented at the annual University of Iowa Faculty and Staff Awards Banquet held at the Levitt Center on October 9, 2013.


Professor Peter Rubenstein received the 2013 ‘President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence’ that recognizes faculty who have sustained a high level of teaching excellence.


Diane Cryderman received the inaugural ‘Research Professional Award’ that recognizes staff members who have demonstrated outstanding efforts in pursuit of research goals.


John Pryor wins the Subramanian Thesis Award

Friday, October 4th, 2013

John Pryor, who completed his PhD with Dr. M. Todd Washington, has been named the 2013 Subramanian Award for best PhD thesis in the Department of Biochemistry. John recently began a postdoctoral position in Dale Ramsden’s laboratory as a Lineberger Cancer Center Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina this January. His postdoctoral work will focus on the mechanism of DNA double-strand break repair by the non-homologous end-joining pathway.

John is the 20th winner of the Subramanian Award, which is made possible by a gift from Dr. Alap Subramanian, a 1964 PhD from the department, who parlayed his training with the late George Kalnitsky, (and with Irving Klotz at Northwestern and both Bernard Davis and Herman Kalckar at Harvard Medical School), into a highly successful career at the Max-Planck-Institut. Our deepest thanks to Dr. Subramanian and our heartiest congratulations to Dr. Pryor.

Grossmann receives NIH Research Scientist Development Award

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Ruth Grossmann, a postdoc in the Brenner lab and an Associate in the College of Nursing, was awarded a Research Scientist Development Award by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for her project “Metabolomic Biomarkers of a Nutritional Intervention to Prevent Weight Gain.”  This K01 was one of only six awarded from the NIH Directors Common Fund for Metabolomics. Grossmann will dissect the mechanisms by which nicotinamide riboside improves fat metabolism in animals and early stage human trials. Congratulations, Ruth!