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Jennifer Bays awarded the 2018 Subramanian Thesis and 2018 Clarence Berg Awards

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Dr. Jennifer Bays, a 2017 PhD with Dr. Kris DeMali, has been named the winner of the 2018 Subramanian Award for best PhD thesis in the Department of Biochemistry.  Dr. Bays’ thesis was entitled “Mechanisms of E-cadherin Mechanotransduction.” Jennifer is the 23nd 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.

Jennifer was also named the winner of the 2018 Clarence Berg Award. The Berg Award is given biennially in honor of our former Professor Clarence P. Berg to the graduate student who demonstrates “scholarship, integrity, cooperativeness, consideration and a willingness to help others.” Clarence P. Berg, an internationally known amino acid biochemist who was a member of the department for 36 years (1932-1968). Dr. Berg is well known as the author of the 1980 book, “The University of Iowa and Biochemistry from their Beginnings.”

Jennifer is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Christopher Chen’s laboratory at Boston University. Congratulations, Dr. Bays!

John Pryor wins the Clarence Berg Award

Monday, March 16th, 2015

John Pryor, a 2012 PhD with Dr. Todd Washington, has been named the winner of the 2014 Clarence Berg Award. The Berg Award is given biennially in honor of our former Professor Clarence P. Berg to the graduate student who demonstrates “scholarship, integrity, cooperativeness, consideration and a willingness to help others.” Dr. Pryor was an American Heart Association-funded graduate student who focused on the role of replication accessory factors in promoting translesion DNA synthesis.

Previously, John was named the winner of the 2013 Subramanian Award for best PhD thesis in the Department of Biochemistry.  John is a Lineberger Cancer Center Postdoctoral Fellow in Dale Ramsden’s laboratory at the University of North Carolina. His postdoctoral work will focus on the mechanism of DNA double-strand break repair by the non-homologous end-joining pathway. Congratulations to Dr. Pryor!

Xiao Peng wins the Clarence Berg Award

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Xiao Peng, a 2011 PhD with Kris DeMali, has been named the winner of the 2012 Clarence Berg Award. This prize is given every other year to a student who demonstrates “scholarship, integrity, cooperativeness, consideration and a willingness to help others.” Dr. Peng was an American Heart Association-funded graduate student who focused on the role of vinculin in adherens junctions. With this support, she uncovered the first role for vinculin in cell-cell junctions and identified novel mechanisms for the activation and recruitment of vinculin to sites of intercellular adhesion.

Previously, Xiao was selected as the Sandra H. Barkan Outstanding Graduate Mentor for 2011,  also named the winner of the 2011 Subramanian Award for best PhD thesis in the Department of Biochemistry, and was recently awarded a 3-year fellowship from the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research. Dr. Peng is currently a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF in the laboratory of Dr. Keith Mostov. Congratulations to Dr. Peng!

Lourdes Cruz receives a CCOM Distinguished Alumna Award

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

One of Biochemistry’s most illustrious graduates, Lourdes Cruz, is returning to campus on June 10th to receive a Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Alumna Award.

Dr. Cruz, a 1968 PhD gradwith Clarence Berg, is known for her discovery of toxins in the venom of marine snails. This finding has contributed to the development of pain killers and molecular probes to study brain function. Winner of the 2010  L’Oréal-UNESCO award for Women in Science, Cruz is currently a Professor Emeritus at the University of the Philippines,where she has spent the majority of her career. She also carries the title of National Scientist.

Dr. Cruz will present a Biochemistry Seminar entitled “Deadly Cone Snails, Molecular Diversity & Poor Communities” in 2117 MERF on Friday, June 10th at 4:00 pm. Please join us for a reception in Dr. Cruz’s honor before the seminar in the MERF Break Room (3113 MERF) at 3:00 pm.

Susan O’Donnell wins the Clarence Berg Award

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Susan O’Donnell, who recently completed her PhD with Madeline Shea, has been named the winner of the 2010 Clarence Berg Award. This prize is given every other year to a student who demonstrates “scholarship, integrity, cooperativeness, consideration and a willingness to help others.” Dr. O’Donnell was an American Heart Association-funded graduate student who focused on the structural and thermodynamic bases for recognition of calcineurin by calmodulin domains. Previously, Susan was the winner of the 2006 Usha Balakrishnan Award for best poster presented at the annual meeting of the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing. She also presented her work in a plenary session of the 2007 Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics and received a 2008 Biophysical Society Student Research Achievement Award as well as an inaugural Gehring Award last fall.

Dr. O’Donnell is currently a post-doctoral fellow with Robert Deschenes at University of South Florida.

Susan is the 21st winner of the Berg Award, which was established by former students of Professor Berg, an internationally known amino acid biochemist who was a member of the department for 39 years. Dr. Berg is well known as the author of the 1980 book, The University of Iowa and Biochemistry from their Beginnings.

Prior winners of the Berg Award are:

Clarence Berg’s history of Iowa Biochemistry now online

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Thanks to an agreement between Google and The University of Iowa, the late Clarence Peter Berg’s 1980 out of print monograph, The University of Iowa and Biochemistry from their Beginnings, is now available online. (more…)