Chimpanzee Deaths in Uganda Pinned on Human Cold Virus

In the wild, chimpanzees face any number of dire threats, ranging from poachers to predators to deforestation. That’s why scientists, investigating an outbreak of respiratory disease in a community of wild chimpanzees in Uganda’s Kibale National Park, were surprised and dismayed to discover that a human “common cold” virus known as rhinovirus C was killing …

Biochemistry, Energy Researcher Named to 2017 “Highly Cited” List

John Ralph, biochemistry professor and researcher with the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI), has been named to Clarivate Analytics’ 2017 list of “Highly Cited Researchers.” Ralph’s research areas include biofuels and other bioproducts, as well as plant genetics and breeding. His research group is recognized for their work with lignin, the polymer that strengthens plant cell walls. Lignin often …

New Model Reveals Possibility of Pumping Antibiotics into Bacteria

Researchers in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Biochemistry have discovered that a cellular pump known to move drugs like antibiotics out of E. coli bacteria has the potential to bring them in as well, opening new lines of research into combating the bacteria. The discovery could rewrite almost 50 years of thinking about how these types …

Merrins Selected for VA Research Program

Matthew Merrins, assistant professor, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism — and affiliate of the Department of Biomolecular Chemistry and the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) — has been selected for the Veterans Administration (VA) Non-Clinician Intramural Program. This program recruits highly qualified scientists to conduct research to advance the health of Veterans. Acceptance is competitive and enables …

Graduate Alum Takes Ph.D. to Vaccine Development

For biochemistry Ph.D. alumnus Frederick Porter, graduate school was a start to a second phase in his career. After beginning a career in the pharmaceutical industry, he came to the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Biochemistry in his thirties to study virology under biochemistry professor Ann Palmenberg. After graduating in 2008 and completing a postdoc, his career took …

Crystallizing Science, One Protein at a Time

It’s square one. It’s step one. It puts the “basic” in basic science. How ever you describe it, understanding protein structure and function through what’s called X-ray crystallography is an important approach in many areas of biochemistry, including drug design. And it’s a technique many researchers in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison specialize …

IPiB Student Receives HHMI Fellowship Supporting Diversity in Science

Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) graduate student Sébastien Ortiz recently earned a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship. He is one of just 39 other students across the United States to receive the award to support diversity in science. “I feel incredibly lucky and surprised to have received this award,” Ortiz says. “The funding will provide …

Venturelli Earns Funding from Army Research Office for Biochemistry of Microbiome

Biochemistry assistant professor Ophelia Venturelli recently received funding for her proposal to the Army Research Office Young Investigator Program. Titled “Large-scale mapping and modeling of human gut microbiota stability and activity,” her research project seeks to develop new technologies to study microbiomes. The United States Army Research Office is part of the Army Research Laboratory, overseen by the Department …