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

A Viral “Bait-and-Switch” Boosts Infection

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

Janet Iwasa on PBS News Hour
EDUCATION, RESEARCH
Sep 22, 2017

Janet Iwasa on PBS News Hour

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'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

Claudio Villanueva featured in Medical News Today
RESEARCH, EDUCATION
Sep 07, 2017

Claudio Villanueva

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

Dana Carroll quoted in three media sources
RECOGNITION
Aug 02, 2017

Dana Carroll

Dana Carroll was quoted in three articles in August: CNN, Scientific American, and STAT.... Read More

Wes Sundquist Awarded the U’S Highest Honor
RECOGNITION
May 04, 2017

sundquist-rosenblatt-award

Wesley I. Sundquist, distinguished professor of biochemistry at the University of Utah, was honored with the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the U’s most prestigious faculty award. The $40,000 gift is presented annually to a faculty member who displays excellence in teaching, research and administrative efforts.... Read More

Michael Kay earns Distinguished Mentor Award
RECOGNITION
May 01, 2017

mkay-distinguished-mentor

Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Distinguished Mentor Award: To honor and encourage the considerable efforts and accomplishments of faculty who consistently serve as effective mentors of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, The Graduate School established a Distinguished Mentor Award in 2006 for faculty from any discipline. Amongst the 2017 awardees is Biochemistry's Dr. Michael S. Kay.... Read More

March for Science April 22nd
EDUCATION
Apr 03, 2017

March for Science April 22nd

Biochemist Claudio Villanueva will discuss the importance of biomedical research, diversity, and the funding of the next generation of scientists at the upcoming March for Science this Saturday, April 22. The march will begin at 3pm at City Creek Park, and continue up to the Capitol, where Claudio will deliver his talk.... Read More

Janet Iwasa Selected as TED Senior Fellow
RECOGNITION
Jan 10, 2017

Janet Iwasa Selected as TED Senior Fellow

Biochemist Janet Iwasa, Ph.D., has been selected as a TED2017 Senior Fellow, joining a class of change-makers from around the world selected for their extraordinary work and contributions to the TED community. ... Read More

Claudio's Brown Fat Video