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Kyle Nilson receives Most Outstanding Entry for the CCOM Health Sciences Research Week Poster Competition

April 21st, 2017 by Maren Rogers

Dr. Kyle Nilson, a postdoc in the Price laboratory, received a most outstanding entry for the Carver College of Medicine Health Sciences Research Week poster competition for his poster entitled “Oxidative stress rapidly stabilizes promoter-proximal paused RNA polymerase II across the human genome.”

Biochemistry Alumnus Billy Hudson receives the Protein Society’s 2017 Carl Brändén Award

April 18th, 2017 by Maren Rogers

Dr. Billy G. Hudson, a 1966 PhD with Drs. Rex Montgomery and Robert Barker, is the recipient of the Protein Society’s 2017 Carl Brändén Award which honors an outstanding protein scientist who has also made exceptional contributions in the areas of education and/or service to the field. Dr. Hudson is currently the Elliot V. Newman Professor of Medicine, Professor of Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, & Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, as well as, the Director of the Center for Matrix Biology at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Hudson has worked tirelessly to develop the Aspirnaut K-20 STEM Pipeline for Diversity Program that provides internships to an untapped pool of talented high-school students to encourage them to work in the STEM fields and go on to college. Dr. Hudson’s outstanding research accomplishments include seminal discoveries about the structure and chemistry of collagen IV scaffolds in extracellular basement membranes and have led to a potential treatment of diabetic kidney disease.

Vijay Kamalumpundi receives ICRU summer fellowship

April 7th, 2017 by Maren Rogers

Vijay Kamalumpundi, an undergraduate in the Taylor Lab, has been award an ICRU summer fellowship for a project entitled, “Metabolic Gradients in Mouse Liver Metabolism.” Vijay will test whether mitochondrial metabolism is different between lobes of the mouse liver, and whether there are unique metabolic gradients within each lobe. Understanding this question will be helpful for designing reproducible experiments and understanding the translational relevance to human liver function. Success is expected to inform major human diseases that afflict the liver, like diabetes and hepatocellular carcinoma.

Former undergraduate earns NSF Graduate Fellowship

April 7th, 2017 by Maren Rogers

Jill Hauer, who studied in Dr. Michael Schnieder’s laboratory as an undergraduate and is now a Genetics PhD student with Dr. Richard Smith, received an NSF Graduate Fellowship. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards fellowships to outstanding graduate students based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Read more about this story here.

Eric Taylor named Director of FOEDRC Metabolomics Core Facility

March 16th, 2017 by Maren Rogers

Eric Taylor, PhD, has been named Director of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Diabetes Research Center (FOEDRC) Metabolomics Core Facility. This facility will expand existing metabolomics capabilities at the University of Iowa, which until now has been offered through the High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS) Facility located in the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Taylor’s deep, multidisciplinary understanding of metabolism and outstanding track record of publications and extramural funding has enabled him to articulate a vision that will lead this new core facility to success.  Congratulations, Dr. Taylor!

FOEDRC Retreat Poster Winners: Po Hien Ear and Adam Rauckhorst

January 5th, 2017 by Maren Rogers

Congratulations to Postdoctoral Fellows Po Hien Ear (Brenner Lab) and Adam Rauckhorst (Taylor Lab) who were two of the three poster winners at the 2016 FOE Diabetes Research Center Retreat held on December 10, 2016, for their posters entitled “Nicotinamide riboside promotes maternal and neonatal health benefits” and “Novel mechanisms regulating mitochondrial glutamine metabolism,” respectively.

L to R: Adam Rauckhorst, Po Hien Ear, Yanhui Zhang, E. Dale Abel

Marc Wold awarded the 2016 JP Long Teaching Award

January 5th, 2017 by Maren Rogers

Professor Marc Wold has been awarded the 2016 John P. Long Teaching Award in the Basic Sciences, which recognizes outstanding career-level teaching contributions by the basic science faculty. Following in the footsteps of Arthur Spector (1999), Peter Rubenstein (2001), Madeline Shea (2009) and Daniel Weeks (2011) this was the fifth time a biochemist has claimed this honor in the history of the award.

Professor Wold has taught tens of thousands of students at all educational levels over the past 25 years at the University of Iowa. His approachability, patience, and thoroughness make him a sought after teacher. He is an internationally recognized leader in the field of DNA replication and repair, allowing him to integrate cutting edge molecular techniques and research findings into his instruction materials. In addition, he has served as mentor and academic advisor to thousands of students from multiple educational levels. These students have relied on his expert advice to shape their academic programming, thereby impacting their education, training and professional growth.

Lacy Barton wins 2016 Clarence Berg Award

November 17th, 2016 by Maren Rogers

Lacy Barton, a 2014 PhD with Dr. Pamela Geyer, has been named the winner of the 2016 Clarence Berg Award. The Berg Award is given biennially in honor of our former Professor Clarence P. Berg to the graduate student who demonstrates “scholarship, integrity, cooperativeness, consideration and a willingness to help others.”

Lacy was also recently named the winner of the 2015 Subramanian Award for best PhD thesis in the Department of Biochemistry.  Lacy is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Ruth Lehmann’s laboratory at New York University School of Medicine in New York, NY. She was awarded a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship for her project entitled “Mechanisms of directed cell migration in a complex in vivo environment.” Damon Runyon fellowships are among the most recognized postdoctoral awards and a high accolade for an early career scientist. Congratulations, Dr. Barton!

2016 Biochemistry Newsletter now available

November 4th, 2016 by Maren Rogers

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 While you are at it, feel free to send us your news and updates! Previous newsletters are also available online.

Undergraduate in Maria Spies lab turns internship into job offer at Clorox

October 28th, 2016 by Maren Rogers

Andrea Diaz, an undergraduate studying in Maria Spies’ laboratory, was offered a full-time position with Clorox Co. as a scientist in the company’s research and development department after interning with the company this past summer. Andrea credits her campus involvement and work experience with giving her the opportunities and skills she needed to make the most of her internship at Clorox. Read more about Andrea’s experience and opportunity in the IowaNow feature. Congratulations, Andrea!