Turning on the Insulin Switch in Type 2 Diabetes

People who eat a high-fat, high-sugar “Western” diet typically exhibit physiological changes associated with type 2 diabetes. However, not everyone responds the same way to the Western diet; genetics plays a strong role in determining one’s susceptibility to develop diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, islet cells in the pancreas can’t produce enough insulin and other …

Three IPiB Students Receive NSF Fellowships

Three Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) students are recipients of 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship awards. Aidan McKenzie, Keck Lab Nathan Murray, Pagliarini Lab Delia Scoville, Raman Lab The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recruits high-potential scientists and engineers and supports their graduate research training in STEM fields. Fellows receive three years of financial support through …

Cryo-EM Expert Elizabeth Wright Joining Biochemistry to Direct New Facility

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Biochemistry will welcome Elizabeth Wright in July as a faculty member and director of the department’s newly established cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) facility. Wright is an expert in cryo-EM, a technique able to obtain atomic or near-atomic level resolution images of biological molecules by imaging with electrons. It is a burgeoning technology that …