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.
Paul Sigala, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry at University of Utah Health, was named a 2018 Pew Scholar for his lab’s interdisciplinary approach to developing novel methods for combatting malaria, one of the most common infectious diseases and a public health threat worldwide.... Read More
Biochemistry Senior Account Kay Willden retires after 43 years working at the University of Utah and 11 years in Biochemistry. Kay had a retirement open house on May 30th. A large number of people both from Biochemistry and other University departments stopped by to wish her well. Kay will be missed and we wish her the best in the next chapter of her life. "Read more" to see photos from the event.... Read More
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
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
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