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Brenner Laboratory Publishes in PLoS Biology

Friday, February 6th, 2015

The Brenner Lab was recently recognized in an IowaNow article entitled, “UI researchers find simple life forms communicate benefits of calorie restriction,” for their study, “Calorie Restriction-Mediated Replicative Lifespan Extension in Yeast is Non-Cell Autonomous,” recently published in PLoS Biology. Brenner Lab Postdoc Szu-Chieh (Christy) Mei was first author of this work. The study revealed evidence that baker’s yeast cells not only extend their own lifespan in response to caloric restriction but also communicate with other cells to share the benefit of caloric restriction.

Highlights of the third annual Biochemistry Retreat

Monday, August 27th, 2012

The 2012 Biochemistry Retreat, organized by Lori Wallrath, Todd Washington, John Brogie and Julie Lueth, was held on Saturday, August 24 at the Coralville Public Library. Short talks were given in the morning by Ernesto Fuentes, Karina Kruth (Rubenstein lab), Shyamal Subramanyam (M. Spies lab), Michael Schnieders, Brandon Davies, Charles Brenner, Jessica Maiers (DeMali lab) and Adrian Elcock. After lunch, talks were given by Maria Spies, David Price and Eric Taylor.

The poster session featured 29 posters. Eight total awards were given in three categories: in the undergraduate division, James Bullard (Geyer lab), Melinda Martin (Geyer lab) and Alexander Greiner (Rubenstein lab) won first, second and third, respectively; in the Postdoc/Research Assistant/Associate category, William Jones (M. Spies lab), Jiannan Guo (Price lab) and Christy Mei (Brenner lab) won first, second and third, respectively.

Two Lois Bigger Gehring Awards were given to support graduate student travel to research conferences. Xiaowen Sun (DeMali lab) and Yuan Pan (Baker lab) each won this award for best poster in the graduate student category.

Thanks to everyone for participating.

Next year the retreat will be centered around the Department’s 65th Birthday. Be sure to save the dates: August 23-25, 2013.

Brenner’s outreach program featured in Nature

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Biochemistry research depends on a supply of qualified students and the demand of the public for understanding of the molecular basis for organ function and disease. Accordingly, scientists across the country are reaching out to the schools on National Lab Day. Charles Brenner, head of biochemistry, and his post-doctoral fellow, Szu-Chieh “Christy” Mei will visit Kevin Koepnick’s advanced placement biology classes at Iowa City High School on May 12 to demonstrate some features of the yeast model system. Students will be able to look at cells under a microscope and perform an experiment in which they will determine how sugar availability affects lifespan. This outreach activity has been featured in the current issue of Nature.