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Archive for July, 2015

Faculty Promotions – Washington and Spies

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The department would like to congratulate Drs. M. Todd Washington and M. Ashley Spies on their promotions to Full Professor and Associate Professor, respectively.

Dr. Washingt_D3A3820on began working in the Department of Biochemistry as an assistant professor in September of 2003 after completing a PhD at the Ohio State University and a postdoctoral fellowship with Professors Louise and Satya Prakash focused on lesion-bypassing polymerases at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. He was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2009. Dr. Washington has established an internationally visible research program on the function and structure of non-classical DNA polymerases, which are responsible for replicating damaged DNA.

maspies 200x300Dr. Spies began working in the Department of Biochemistry as an assistant professor in July of 2012. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of  Medicinal & Natural Products Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy. Dr. Spies recieved a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas in 1997. From 1997 to 2000, Dr. Spies held a MONBUSHO fellowship at Osaka University with Dr. Katsuyuki Tanizawa on quinone cofactor biosynthesis. In 2000, he joined Dr. Michael Toney’s laboratory at the University of California, Davis, focusing on on alanine racemase enzymology. In 2005, he was appointed Research Assistant Professor at University of Illinois.

Marie Migaud receives Levitt Endowed Visiting Professorship

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

MigaudDr. Marie Migaud, of Queen’s University Belfast, was awarded the Helen C. Levitt Endowed Visiting Professorship in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine to perform research in collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. Charles Brenner. Dr. Migaud is a synthetic organic chemist who specializes in nucleosides and nucleotides. She has developed new synthetic technologies that have allowed her to produce novel analogs of nicotinamide riboside and, in collaboration with Dr. Brenner, she aims to develop a chemical biology toolkit to probe the intricacies of NAD metabolism in vertebrate systems. She will begin her 1 year visiting professorship in November 2015.

Emma Morrison receives Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Emma MorrisonEmma Morrison, a postdoctoral fellow in the Musselman laboratory, received an Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award for her project entitled “Multivalent readout of histone PTMs in chromatin regulation by BPTF: a structural and dynamic perspective,” which aims to investigate the combinatorial readout of multiple histone post-translational modifications by the linked PHD finger and bromodomain module of BPTF. Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Awards support postdoctoral scholars who have the highest potential for success in an independent academic career in chemistry and the life sciences, and are intended to assist in their transition from “mentored yet independent” postdoctoral to an independent, tenure-track position. Congratulations, Emma!