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2014 Biochemistry Newsletter now available

Friday, October 31st, 2014

The 2014 Biochemistry@Iowa newsletter is hot off the presses and available for download. Alumni and friends should receive a hard copy in the mail this week. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send your contact information to biochem@uiowa.edu. While you are at it, feel free to send us your news and updates! Previous newsletters are also available online.

Grant Young awarded 2014 Montgomery Biochemistry Scholarship Award

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Grant Young, an undergraduate major in the Wallrath laboratory, has been awarded the 2014 Rex Montgomery Scholarship Award for his outstanding academic record and commitment to research.

This scholarship was established by Dr. Rex Montgomery, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Montgomery began his career at the University of Iowa in 1955, and is admired for his impact as a researcher, teacher and mentor. Dr. Montgomery is an internationally recognized carbohydrate biochemist and textbook author. While on the faculty, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Medicine, the Vice President of Research for the University and was the founding director of the University of Iowa Physician Assistant Program. Dr. Montgomery retired in 2005 after more than 50 years on the faculty.

Congratulations, Grant!

Dagan Marx awarded 2014 Montgomery Biochemistry Scholar’s Prize Award

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Dagan Marx, an undergraduate major in the Shea laboratory, has been awarded the 2014 Montgomery Biochemistry Scholar’s Prize Award for his excellent presentation at the Lata Symposium and for the high quality and the breadth of his research.

This prize was established by mentees, colleagues and friends of Dr. Rex Montgomery, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Montgomery began his career at the University of Iowa in 1955, and is admired for his impact as a researcher, teacher and mentor. Dr. Montgomery is an internationally recognized carbohydrate biochemist and textbook author. While on the faculty, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Medicine, the Vice President of Research for the University and was the founding director of the University of Iowa Physician Assistant Program. Dr. Montgomery retired in 2005 after more than 50 years on the faculty.

Congratulations, Dagan!

Professor Rex Montgomery receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Professor Emeritus Rex Montgomery was honored on Saturday, June 9 at the University of Iowa Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony. Dr. Montgomery received the Faculty/Staff Distinguished Alumni Award, granted to retired or former UI faculty/staff in recognition of significant achievement or service to the university.

A 1946 PhD from the University of Birmingham, Dr. Montgomery began as an assistant professor at the University of Iowa in 1955, and became a full professor in 1963. Dr. Montgomery also served as associate dean for academic affairs in the Carver College of Medicine from 1974-1995, during which time he also held the positions of associate dean of research in the CCOM and interim vice president of research for the University.

Specializing in carbohydrate research, Dr. Montgomery has attracted millions of dollars in federal funding to the UI during his 56-year tenure. His research and scholarly efforts have had a major global impact; two of his textbooks, described as influential and strikingly important, transformed biochemistry education. Dr. Montgomery is admired and appreciated for his remarkable impact as a teacher and mentor.

In 1974, Dr. Montgomery established a new physician assistant program at the University of Iowa, and served as its director until 1976. In the years since, graduates of this program have gone on to help myriad patients throughout the state, nation and the world. The University named the Rex Montgomery Physician Assistant Student Society and scholarship fund in his honor.

Dr. Montgomery transitioned to emeritus status in 2006, though he continues to make an impact in the department and in the field of biochemistry. He still comes to work and writes numerous papers and reviews. Dr. Montgomery also invests generously in the University through charitable giving.

The Alumni Association press release can be read here. Congratulations to Dr. Montgomery for this well-deserved recognition!

Iowa alum Billy Hudson profiled in ASBMB Today

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The December 2011 issue of ASBMB Today featured an article about the work of Dr. Billy G. Hudson, a 1966 PhD with Rex Montgomery and Robert Barker. Hudson is currently the Elliot V. Newman Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, and the Director of the Center for Matrix Biology at Vanderbilt. Hudson studied carbohydrate biochemistry with Drs. Montgomery and Barker, and went on to a prominent career researching kidney disease. Hudson is credited with discovery and characterization of the key molecules that mediate filtration by the kidney. His work is not only fundamental but also translational. A compound discovered in Hudson’s lab, which protects against diabetic kidney disease, is now in clinical trials.

Billy Hudson’s work has had profound broader impacts. Inspired by his own rural upbringing, Hudson developed the Aspirnaut Initiative to support the efforts of rural students in pursuing careers in math and science. Founded at Vanderbilt, the initiative is a three-part program aimed at involving more students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

Dr. Hudson, already awarded a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Carver College of Medicine, will be the guest of honor at Dr. Montgomery’s annual faculty dinner in January.

Medical Student Research Day Awards

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Carver College of Medicine students have many opportunities to conduct original research and nearly 100 medical students conducted research during the summer of 2010. These students presented their findings at the 42nd Medical School Research Day, which took place on September 10 in the MERF atrium. The Biochemistry Department is proud that Rose Lee, an M2 conducting research with Dr. Heather Bartlett, received the Edward Heath Award, sponsored by the University of Iowa Foundation, for her presentation, “Biological Effects of Alpha Smooth Muscle Actin Mutations Which Cause Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm. Andrew Baldwin, an M1, who is conducting research with Dr. C. Michael Knudson in Pathology, won the Biochemistry-sponsored Rex Montgomery Award, for “SOD2 Inhibition Results in Increased Markers of Oxidative Stress in T-Cell Lymphoma Cells.” Congratulations to Rose, Heather, Andrew and Michael for these well-deserved honors.

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…)

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…)

2009 Publications

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

The Department’s 2009 publications are now in print and mostly available online. There are papers in Nature, Cell, PNAS, EMBO J, JACS, Genetics, Methods in Enzymology, Methods, Mol Biochem Parasitol, Nucleic Acids Res, PLoS One, Human Molecular Genetics, Pediatrics, J Cell Sci, J Immunology, J Lipids Res, Clinical Cancer Res, and, of course, JBC and Biochemistry. (more…)

Annual Biochemistry Kickoff Event

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Props to Michael Feldkamp, John Prior and Xiao Peng for organizing this year’s Department of Biochemistry academic year kickoff event.  The theme was “The Best is Yet to Come.”   (more…)