Biochemistry

In the Biochemistry Department, we are a vigorous group of scientists and trainees dedicated to the expansion and transmission of knowledge about the biological world. Our particular focus is the characterization of macromolecules and biological processes at the molecular level. Research groups in the department address the structure of biological macromolecules, the mechanisms by which they function, and the possible applications to research technology and to medicine.

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Meet the Tiny Machine in Cells that Massacres Viruses
Research
Dec 21, 2017

Meet the Tiny Machine in Cells that Massacres Viruses

Scientists at University of Utah Health have determined the structure a tiny cellular machine that chops the viruses’ genetic material into bits. Their research shows how the machine detects the intruders and processes them for destruction to protect cells and prevent the spread of infection. ... Read More

Biochemistry
A Viral “Bait-and-Switch” Boosts Infection
Research
Oct 04, 2017

A Viral “Bait-and-Switch” Boosts Infection

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Assistant professor of Biochemistry, Demián Cazalla, PhD, and lead author Carlos Gorbea, PhD, have published in Nature a mechanism of infection that makes use of viral non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) in previously unreported ways. As its name suggests, ncRNAs do not carry information to make proteins. In this instance, Cazalla’s team shows that a single viral ncRNA, called HSUR2, fools the host’s biology into interfering with its own genes.... Read More

Biochemistry
Janet Iwasa on PBS News Hour
Education, Research
Sep 22, 2017

Janet Iwasa on PBS News Hour

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These 3D animations could help you finally understand molecular science. Art and science have in some ways always overlapped, with early scientists using illustrations to depict what they saw under the microscope. Janet Iwasa of the University of Utah is trying to re-establish this link to make thorny scientific data and models approachable to the common eye. View the two-minute story.... Read More

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Biochemistry's Rising Star Symposium (Sept 21-22)
Education
Sep 12, 2017

Biochemistry's Rising Star Symposium (Sept 21-22)

The 2017 Rising Star Symposium will take place on September 21st & 22nd from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. The Keynote speaker will be Dr. Erik Jorgensen, a Distinguished Professor of Biology from the University of Utah. The symposium will include 4 sessions: Chemical Biology, Protein Design, Metabolism, & Structure/Imaging. The speakers are composed of 23 talented scientists from all over the country. The symposium will take place in the HSEB, the first session will be in 3515B. More info coming soon!... Read More

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Claudio Villanueva featured in Medical News Today
Research, Education
Sep 07, 2017

Claudio Villanueva featured in Medical News Today

Dietary supplement may help older adults to keep warm. Recently, a study using aging mice - conducted at the University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City - investigated whether or not there was something that could be done to reduce this risk. Led by senior author Claudio Villanueva, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biochemistry, the team focused particularly on fats.... Read More

Biochemistry

Faculty Spotlight

Minna Roh-Johnson, PhD, has recently joined the University of Utah School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry. Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Roh-Johnson graduated with a BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. She then moved to the United States for her PhD work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and carried out her postdoctoral studies first at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and then at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. During her postdoctoral work, Roh-Johnson was a recipient of an NIH F32 postdoctoral fellowship, a Cooperative Center of Excellence in Hematology Award, and read more
 
 

Minna Roh-Johnson, PhD, has recently joined the University of Utah School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry. Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Roh-Johnson graduated with a BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. She then moved to the United States for her PhD work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and carried out her postdoctoral studies first at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and then at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. During her postdoctoral work, Roh-Johnson was a recipient of an NIH F32 postdoctoral fellowship, a Cooperative Center of Excellence in Hematology Award, and read more

 

 

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