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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Eveline Bruenger
Research, Recognition
Apr 23, 2018

Eveline Bruenger

We are very sad to note the passing of Eveline Bruenger. She will be missed. Eveline was a vibrant person and a great friend to the department, and she will live on in our departmental postdoctoral award that bears her name.... Read More

Biochemistry
Niladri Sinha receives the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award
Research
Feb 22, 2018

Niladri Sinha receives the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award

Recent graduate, Niladri Sinha, Ph.D. (Bass Lab) has been selected for a Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award to recognize outstanding achievement in Graduate Studies. Niladri will be participating in a one-day scientific symposium honoring Hal Weintraub and his commitment to innovative science. The annual Weintraub Award Symposium will be held Friday May 4, 2018 at Fred Hutch's lakeside Robert W. Day Campus. ... Read More

Biochemistry
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

herpes, virus

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

animation

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

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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