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Nicholas McCarty-Fulbright-Imperial College London Award

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Congratulations to Nicholas McCarty, who received the 2017-2018 Fulbright-Imperial College London Award. Imperial College London, located in West Kensington, offers one award annually for a student to pursue a one-year Master’s degree in science, engineering, or medical subject. Nicholas will spend his Fulbright year completing a Master of Research (MRes) in Systems and Synthetic Biology, located in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial. Nicholas has worked in the Abel laboratory for the last four years, primarily studying the role of insulin signaling in regulating the cardiovascular system, and will graduate from the University of Iowa with honors this spring. Nicholas plans to pursue a PhD in Metabolic or Chemical Engineering in the United States upon his return, and develop new ways to produce cost-effective, targeted treatments for cardiovascular disease.

2016 Biochemistry Newsletter now available

Friday, November 4th, 2016

2016_newslettercoverimageThe 2016 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 Receives Ponsetti Award for Research in Orthopedics

Friday, September 16th, 2016
Grant Young, former Biochemistry undergraduate major, received “The Ponsetti Award for Research in Orthopedics” for his summer research as a U of Iowa medical student.

Mohammed Ismail awarded the 2016 Montgomery Biochemistry Scholar’s Prize

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Mohammed Ismail, an undergraduate major in the Maria Spies laboratory, has been awarded the 2016 Montgomery Biochemistry Scholar’s Prize Award for his outstanding research accomplishments and excellent presentation at the Lata Symposium.Mohammed plans to apply to medical school this summer.

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.

Three undergraduates receive 2016 Rex Montgomery Scholarship Awards

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

The 2016 Rex Montgomery Scholarships were award to:

Rex Montgomery Scholarships recognize undergraduate students for their 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 – Emily, Laura and Angela!

Four Biochemistry Undergraduates featured at the LSEI Project Engage Showcase

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

The Latham Science Engagement Initiative (LSEI) 1st Annual Project Engage Showcase held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Iowa Memorial Union, featured four Biochemistry undergraduate majors (out of 12 total Latham Fellows): Sarah Gardner (Baker Laboratory), Cara Larson (Wallrath Laboratory), Nicholas McCarty (Abel Laboratory), and Maria Nunez Hernandez (Shea Laboratory). The students presented their Scientific Outreach Projects.

The LSEI and Fellowship Program was established through the generous donation of Robert J. and Sue B. Latham, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The program enhances the research opportunities for selected undergraduate students. For more information about LSEI and to apply to the fellowship program, visit: latham.uiowa.edu

12th Annual Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Seven students presented at this year’s Undergraduate Honors Program. This year marks the twelfth year for the Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium. Please join Professor Marc Wold, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Honors Advisor, in congratulating these 2016 graduates and their research mentors for a job well done.

Group Picture

(left to right): Jiadi An, Hannah Miller, Mohammed Ismail, Alexander Wolff, Hang Yin, Devon Moose, Jianlan Ren
  • Jiadi An
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Osmotic Pressure Simulations Facilitate Protein Force Field Parameterization: GROMOS 54A7
  • Mohammed A. Ismail
    Mentor: Maria Spies
    Phosphorylation by C-Abl Kinase on RAD51
  • Hannah K. Miller
    Mentor: Todd Washington
    Polymerase Interactions with PCNA
  • Devon L. Moose
    Mentor: Bridget Lear
    Developmental vs. Adult Requirements of the Narrow Abdomen Ion Channel Expression in Drosophila
  • Jianlan Ren
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Osmotic Pressure Simulations Facilitate Protein Force Field Parameterization: CHARMM36
  • Alexander J. Wolff
    Mentor: Daniel Weeks
    Designing and Building a Probe to Examine Endogenous Amyloids in Early Xenopus Development
  • Hang Yin
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Improvement of Sugar-Sugar Interactions in Molecular Dynamics Simulations Using Osmotic Pressure Measurements

The symposium also included the presentation of two undergraduate awards, made possible by a gift from Alap Subramanian. The H.G. Wittmann Scholar Award was presented to Alexander J. Wolff (Weeks lab) and the H.G. Khorana Scholar Award was presented to Hannah K. Miller (Washington lab), recognizing their exceptional understanding of biochemistry and its value to society.

Congratulations to everyone named above and all of our 2016 graduates!

Nicholas McCarty – 2016 Goldwater Scholar

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Congratulations to Nicholas McCarty, a third-year Biochemistry student, who has been named a 2016 Goldwater Scholar. Nicholas has worked in the Abel laboratory for the last three years, primarily studying the role of insulin signaling in regulating the cardiovascular system. Nicholas plans to pursue an MD/PhD in Biochemistry and continue his studies on the molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular disease.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. Four-year institutions in the United States are eligible to submit up to four nominations. This year, the Goldwater Committee received 1150 nominations. 252 Scholars and 256 Honorable Mentions were awarded.

A full list of the 2016 Goldwater Scholars can be found here: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/sch-2016.php

Biochemistry Students Invited to Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Congratulations to the following Biochemistry students who were invited to accept membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society!

Aaron Aspinall, Gabrielle Bui, Kaitlyn Daugherty, Titus Hou,  Michael Kegel, Nicholas McCarty, Thuy Tien Nguyen, Ryan Shaw, Sarah Van Dorin, Alex Wolff, Kasra Zarei, Angela Zhang

The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honors organization in the United States.

Biochemistry Undergraduate featured in article on the Iowa Biosciences Academy

Monday, February 15th, 2016
Photo by Tim Schoon.

Photo by Tim Schoon.

Maria Núñez Hernandez, an junior undergraduate Biochemistry major studying in the Shea Laboratory, was recently featured in an IowaNow article on the Iowa Biosciences Academy encouraging underrepresented students to attend graduate school.

Last spring, Maria was awarded a 2015 Rex Montgomery Scholarship in the Department of Biochemistry for her outstanding academic record and commitment to research. Maria also presented her research in a poster at the 29th Annual Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics and at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Seattle this past fall.