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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.

Price lab featured on the August cover of Molecular Cell

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

MOLCEL_59_4.c1.inddDavid Price‘s lab was featured on the August 20 cover of Molecular Cell. The article entitled “THZ1 Reveals Roles for Cdk7 in Co-transcriptional Capping and Pausing,”shows how a Cdk7 inhibitor, THZ1, dramatically impacts CTD phosphorylation, co-transcriptional capping, pausing, and P-TEFb-dependent productive elongation by disrupting an ordered exchange of factors after initiation. These results provide mechanistic insights into the anti-proliferative and super-enhancer-selective effects of THZ1 seen by others. Kyle Nilson, (Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Student in the Price Lab) was first author of this work. John Brogie (Biochemistry Graduate Student), Michael Turek (Biochemistry Undergraduate Major), and Jiannan Guo (Former Biochemistry Postdoc, Price Lab) also contributed to this work. The cover design by Kyle Nilson features and experiment “performed” by Nicholas Mullen (Biochemistry Undergraduate Major).

The article is also featured in a preview by Drs. Frédéric Coin and Jean-Marc Egly entitiled “Revisiting the Function of CDK7 in Transcription by Virtue of a Recently Described TFIIH Kinase Inhibitor.”

Congratulations Price Lab!!