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Biochemistry major Amy Evans wins a Fight for Sight 2018 Summer Student Fellowship

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Amy is an Honors student working towards a Biochemistry and Philosophy double major with a minor in Theater Arts. She conducts research in the Baker Lab where she is learning a suite of molecular biology approaches to investigate the subcellular trafficking of HCN1, an ion channel important for regulating neuronal activity.

Fight for Sight has been working to support and inspire vision research by providing funds to promising scientists early in their careers for over 70 years. The Summer Student Fellowships is a competitive award given to junior students so that they can engage in 2-3 months of full time research. Amy will use this time to investigate how HCN1 moves from its site of synthesis out to the cell membrane where it can carry feedback currents to regulate neuronal circuits throughout the cerebellum, cortex, and eye. Amy will also be using behavioral studies to probe how loss of HCN1 affects vision under various lighting environments.

Two Biochemistry Students Recognized by the Honors program as Honors at Iowa Scholars

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Each year, the Honors program identifies extraordinary graduating seniors across the University of Iowa for celebration as Honors at Iowa Scholars. This high recognition acclaims student work in and beyond the classroom, with an emphasis on the applicant’s knowledge, skill, and experience as well as outstanding academic performance, excellence within their chosen discipline(s), and any contributions made to Honors and the University of Iowa community through performance, research, organizational leadership, volunteer service and intellectual or creative engagement.  Two of our graduating seniors were recognized by the Honors program:

Lance Heady, Quincy IL, Neurobiology, Biochemistry

Lance will graduate in May with degrees in Biochemistry and Neurobiology. Lance will be pursuing a PhD in neuroscience from UT Southwestern with hopes of continuing his pursuit of understanding how cells in the brain die. While there Lance also wants to continue growing mentoring skills to help guide students, a true love of his. He will also continue training in the art of ballroom dancing and hopes to one day be a national amateur champion. After graduating in May, Lance will be pursuing a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Alora Kraus, Biochemistry, Iowa City, IA

Alora Kraus will graduate in May with a degree in biochemistry and a certificate of writing. Alora has been involved with the Writing Fellows program through the UI Writing Center, where she helps peers improve their writing skills in classes of all disciplines. Alora has also worked with Michael Schultz, Craig Just, and Eric Taylor in research labs in Radiology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Biochemistry. During the 2016-2017 academic year, Alora studied abroad in Glasgow, Scotland, where she cultivated a love for culture and travel. Her next step will be applying to the Peace Corps for a position in the health sector. Alora will be applying for a Peace Corps position in the health sector for anywhere. Upon her return, she would like to enroll in a graduate program for public health.

Congratulations, Alora and Lance!

2017 Biochemistry Newsletter now available

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The 2017 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.

Nicholas McCarty receives 2017 Montgomery Scholar’s Prize

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Nicholas McCarty, an undergraduate major in the Dr. Dale Abel’s laboratory, has been awarded the 2017 Montgomery Biochemistry Scholar’s Prize Award for his outstanding research accomplishments and excellent presentation at the Lata Symposium.

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

2017 OVPRED Award Winners

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Congratulations to Lance Heady and Laura Fischer, both junior Biochemistry majors, who are recipients of the Excellence in Undergraduate Research award.  This award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in scholarly investigation, artistic creation, or performance by University of Iowa undergraduates.   

 

13th Annual Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Eight students presented at this year’s Undergraduate Honors Program. This year marks the thirteenth year for the Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium. Please join Professor Marc Wold, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Honors Advisor, in congratulating these 2017 graduates and their research mentors for a job well done.

(left to right): Emily Britt, Sarah Gardner, Zachary Wehrspan, Maria Núñez Hernandez, Maureen O’Connor, Sarah Van Dorin, Nicholas McCarty, Nicholas Mullen
  • Emily C. Britt
    Mentor: Brandon Davies
    Investigating the Interactions Between ANGPTL3, ANGPTL8, and Lipoprotein Lipase
  • Sarah H. Gardner
    Mentor: Sheila Baker
    Post-Synaptic Development of the First Visual Synapse
  • Maria Núñez Hernandez
    Mentor: Madeline Shea
    Calcium-Dependent Regulation of Calcineurin Activity
  • Nicholas S. McCarty
    Mentor: E. Dale Abel
    Exploring Mechanisms by which the Insulin Responsive Glucose Transporter GLUT4 is Regulated in High-Fat Fed Hearts
  • Nicholas J. Mullen
    Mentor: David Price
    Oxidative Stress Reveals Mechanistic Insight into Human 5’ mRNA Capping
  • Maureen O’Connor
    Mentor: Lori Wallrath
    Lamin localization and genome integrity in rare types of muscular dystrophy
  • Sarah Van Dorin
    Mentor: Ronald Weigel
    Role of TFAP2A in Transcriptional Regulation of Melanoma
  • Zachary Wehrspan
    Mentor: Ronald Weigel
    TFAP2C orchestrates pH regulation in breast tumors, and its loss leads to EMT, facilitating the Warburg Effect

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 Nicholas J. Mullen (Price lab) and the H.G. Khorana Scholar Award was presented to Emily Britt (Davies lab), recognizing their exceptional understanding of biochemistry and its value to society.

Congratulations to everyone named above and all of our 2017 graduates!

Nicholas McCarty receives Fulbright Award

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Biochemistry senior Nicholas McCarty, who works in Dr. Dale Abel’s lab,  has been awarded a nationally competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase understanding between the people of the United States and other countries by providing participants opportunities to study, teach, conduct research, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Four undergraduates receive 2017 Rex Montgomery Scholarships

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The 2017 Rex Montgomery Scholarships were award to:

  • Laura Fischer, Marc Wold’s laboratory;
  • Titus Hou, Ernesto Fuentes’ laboratory;
  • Sophia Vogeler, Charles Brenner’s laboratory; and
  • Peter Addo,  Ronald Weigel’s laboratory.

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.

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.