Audhya Receives Ride Scholarship for Cancer Research

Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) faculty member Jon Audhya was awarded The Ride Scholarship on Jan. 18, 2020 at the Wisconsin Hockey’s 4th Annual Face-off Against Cancer game for his exemplary discoveries in 2019. This award will help fund Audhya’s further studies of metastatic cancers. Audhya’s lab focuses on membrane biology and cell migration and …

Congratulations to Our Fall 2019 Ph.D. Graduates

Congratulations to the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) students who successfully defended their theses this fall. Read a bit about each of these four new graduates and the research that went into receiving their Ph.D. in biochemistry below. Their broad interdisciplinary work covered research from areas like RNA-protein interactions, single-stranded DNA-binding proteins, and computational biochemistry, …

Can ‘Smart Toilets’ be the Next Health Data Wellspring?

Wearable, smart technologies are transforming the ability to monitor and improve health, but a decidedly low-tech commodity — the humble toilet — may have potential to outperform them all. That’s the conclusion of a team of metabolism scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research, who are working to put the tremendous …

Peering into a More ‘Human’ Petri Dish

Cell culture media, the cocktail of chemicals and nutrients that keep cells alive and thriving in a dish, have been an essential tool of biology for more than 70 years. Remarkably, the composition of these potions hasn’t fundamentally changed much over that time, primarily because they deliver what scientists need: Cells that stay viable and …

Biochemistry Affiliate Works to Develop New Bioengineering Strategy

Andrew Buller, professor of chemistry at UW-Madison and affiliate of the Department of Biochemistry, is working to develop methods to create new protein building blocks in living systems. This chemical research, recently recognized with a $2.2 million grant from NIH, could make these processes more affordable for and accessible to scientists with expertise in other backgrounds. …

IPiB Thesis Defense Nov 4: Katarzyna Dubiel

The lab of Professor Jim Keck is broadly interested in bacterial genome maintenance, and IPiB student Katarzyna (Kasia) Dubiel focused her Ph.D. research on single-stranded DNA-binding proteins (SSBs), which play a major role in this process. In order for DNA replication and repair to occur, double-stranded DNA must be separated into single strands. Single-stranded DNA …