Biochemistry

In the Biochemistry Department, we are a diverse and inclusive community conducting biochemical research at the forefront of current knowledge; educating medical students, graduate students and fellows; and serving the institution, the extended scientific community, and society at large. 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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Three U of U Health Scientists Receive NIH Director’s High-Risk High-Reward Grants Recognizing Innovation and Impact
research
Oct 06, 2020

Three U of U Health Scientists Receive NIH Director’s High-Risk High-Reward Grants Recognizing Innovation and Impact

research news, iii, cancer, neuroscience

The National Institutes of Health has awarded four grants to University of Utah Health scientists through its High-Risk, High-Reward Research (HRHR) Program that funds highly innovative and unusually impactful biomedical or behavioral research proposed by extraordinarily creative scientists. ... Read More

Biochemistry,Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,Human Genetics
Biochemistry's 2020 Retreat
education
Oct 05, 2020

Biochemistry's 2020 Retreat

Biochemistry's Annual Retreat will be hosted virtually this year, on October 29th and 30th. The retreat begins with a "State of the Department" address by Wes, followed by a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion session. Biochems will give lightning talks, and table topic discussions will be held on many diverse challenges facing researchers. There will be fun events scheduled in the evenings, Awards given, and Pathways talks from faculty.... Read More

Biochemistry
Faith Bowman Receives NSF GRFP Grant
research
Apr 22, 2020

Faith Bowman Receives NSF GRFP Grant

We are thrilled to announce that Faith Bowman, Biochemistry graduate student in Amnon Schlegel’s Lab, has been awarded the prestigious and highly competitive National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program grant. Her proposal, “The Role of FOXN3 in Kidney Glucose Utilization and Metabolism During Fasting,” aims to investigate how FOXN3 influences renal glucose physiology. “I am very proud and excited to serve as Faith’s PhD thesis mentor,” said Amnon Schlegel after receiving news of the NSF fellowship. “This is a well-deserved award to a diligent, hard-working, bright, and promising scientist. I am confident Faith will make fundamental contributions to our understanding of glucose metabolism.” Read the full article to learn more about Faith and the award.... Read More

Biochemistry

Faculty Spotlight

Gregory Ducker, PhD, has recently joined the University of Utah School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry. Originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota, Ducker graduated with a BA in chemistry from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He then moved to California to pursue a PhD in chemical biology at the University of California, Berkeley under the supervision of Kevan Shokat. Subsequently, he carried out postdoctoral work at Princeton University studying cancer metabolism with Joshua Rabinowitz. During his time at Princeton, Ducker was named a New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research fellow, received an American Cancer Society postdoctoral research fellowship, and an NIH/ National Cancer Institute K99/R00 pathway to independence award. He joined the faculty of the University of Utah in September 2018. Read more

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Job Opening: Assistant Professor, Chemical Biology

This hiring initiative is part of our major, institution-wide initiative to develop a world-class environment for chemical biology at the University of Utah. We are interested in areas that include (but are not limited to) bioorganic chemistry, drug design/discovery, protein design/engineering, natural product-inspired drug design, computer-guided drug discovery, proteomics/mass spectrometry, synthetic medicinal chemistry, nucleic acid chemistry, chemical probes, screening technologies, and synthetic biology.

We invite applicants for two tenure-track faculty positions in all areas of chemical biology, broadly defined.

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