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  • Scientists tap the world’s most powerful computers in the race to understand and stop the coronavirus
    It takes a tremendous amount of computing power to simulate all the components and behaviors of viruses and cells. Thomas Splettstoesser scistyle.com, CC BY-ND Jeremy Smith, University of Tennessee In “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, the haughty supercomputer Deep Thought is asked whether he can find the answer to the ultimate […]
  • Professors Das, McCord, Bruce, and Roberts awarded BCMB awards
  • Krishnan Lab Publishes Their 1st Paper At UT Knoxville
    The Krishnan lab published their first paper this week with data completely collected at UT Knoxville. The effort was led by Dr. Billy Lau, an experienced postdoctoral scientist, and included significant contributions from Ms. Dana Layo, a BCMB graduate student and nine other undergraduate students. Many of these students were supported by research assistantships through […]
  • Burch-Smith Lab Publishes Two Papers
    The Burch-Smith lab had a busy week last week, with two papers published. One was led by former postdoc Elena Ganusova and current graduate student Brandon Reagan, and included important contributions from other graduate students and undergraduate researchers in the lab. Dr. Burch-Smith and her graduate student Jessica Fernandez also published in a collaboration with […]
  • Ola Noras Wins Fullbright Award
    Ola Noras, a graduate student in the von Arnim lab, was awarded a Fullbright Study/Research Award. Ola just defended her Master’s research and this award will allow her to go to Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland to work with Dr. Artur Jarmolowski on heat and drought resistant barley.
  • Von Arnim Lab Publishes Two Papers
    The von Arnim lab recently published two papers with Ansul Lokdarshi, a postdoc in the lab, as either co-first or first author. The first, ErbB-3 BINDING PROTEIN 1 Regulates Translation and Counteracts RETINOBLASTOMA RELATED to Maintain the Root Meristem, was published in the journal Plant Physiology and examines the role of translation in the maintenance […]
  • Barrera elected Chair of subgroup of the Biophysical Society
    The Membrane Structure & Function (MSAF) is one of the largest subgroups of the Biophysical Society, with 800 members. MSAF meets during the yearly meeting of the society. Fran Barrera, associate professor of BCMB, has been voted by the members Chair-Elect of the subgroup. The decision was announced during the 2020 meeting of the Biophysical […]
  • BCMB is now accepting application for BCMB Graduate Awards/Fellowships. Deadline March 20, 2020 at 5:00
  • BCMB is now accepting application for BCMB Undergraduate Scholarships. Deadline March 20, 2020 at 5:00
  • Potential gene therapy to combat cocaine addiction
    More than 1 million people in the U.S. are addicted to cocaine. Orawan Pattarawimonchai/Shutterstock.com Rachel Patton McCord, University of Tennessee and Rebecca A. Prosser, University of Tennessee Have you ever slipped when trying to avoid sugar, quit smoking, or break another habit or addiction? Usually that one piece of cake or one cigarette won’t ruin […]
  • Lau and Krishnan Investigates Abnormal Neuron Activity in Rett Syndrome
  • Rachel McCord publishes latest research development in chromosome structure and function in Molecular Cell
  • Barry Bruce to host Khorana Scholar
    Barry Bruce will be hosting Sree Kavya Penneru as a Khorana Scholar this summer. This program has the goal of fostering exchange between students in India and premier institutions in the United States. It was named in honor of Nobel Prize laureate Har Gobind Khorana who founded this program.
  • Das Receives NSF CAREER Award
    Maitreyi Das, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB), received a $1,273,335 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for research into spatiotemporal organization of cytokinetic events. Cytokinesis is the final step in cell division, a complex process where a mother cell splits into two […]
  • Jain Receives Award for Excellence in Teaching
    The 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards banquet took place Thursday, December 5 at the Holiday Inn Downtown. From Diversity Leadership to awards in research, advising, and teaching, the annual awards banquet honors faculty excellence in all areas of the college mission. “As we recognize particularly outstanding faculty this evening, I want to […]
  • Barry Bruce, Meng Li Publish Article in Nature
  • Das lab publishes a research article in Journal of Cell Science
    The Das lab published a research article in the Journal of Cell Science titled “A novel interplay between GEFs orchestrates Cdc42 activity during cell polarity and cytokinesis in fission yeast”. The article is authored by Brian Hercyk, Julie Rich-Robinson, Ahmad Mitoubsi, Marcus Harrell and Maitreyi Das. The link to the article is here.
  • Graduate student Brian Hercyk featured in Journal of Cell Science
    Brian Hercyk, a BCMB graduate student, was featured in Journal of Cell Science. The link to the feature article is here. He published a first author research article in the same journal. Brian is a member of the Das lab and he recently defended his thesis. Congratulations Brian!
  • Gabriel Fuente awarded 2020 Biophysical Society Meeting travel award
    The Biophysical Society meeting will be held in February 2020 with about 6000 participants expected to attend. Congratulations Gabriel!
  • Tessa Burch-Smith in Campus News
    BCMB’s Tessa Burch-Smith was featured in a campus news article about NSF Early-Career Award winners. Follow this link to read the article.
  • Dr. Engin Serpersu’s research group dedicates an article in the memory of Dr. Liz Howell
  • BCMB undergraduate researcher talks about what he learned through research
  • Assistant Professor Position in Cell Biology Now Available
    The Department of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Cell Biology at the assistant professor level to begin August 1, 2020. Candidates should be working on fundamental questions of modern cell biology in genetically tractable, established or […]
  • Professor Alexandre Receives ASM Award for Advancement of a Diverse Community of Microbiologists
    Gladys Alexandre, professor and head of the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular & Molecular Biology (BCMB), received the American Society for Microbiology’s (ASM) William A. Hinton Award for Advancement of a Diverse Community of Microbiologists in September 2019. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of professors encouraging and training minorities and increasing diversity in microbiology. […]
  • The Barrera laboratory publishes two papers in Biophysical Journal
    The publication of the Biophysical Society, Biophysical Journal, has selected for a New and Notable commentary the latest paper of the Barrera laboratory: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S000634951930623X?via%3Dihub The first authors of the publication were Justin Westerfield and former graduate student Haden Scott. Graduate student Yujie Ye and undergraduate Alayna Cameron were also authors. Last week a second paper […]
  • Udo Onwubiko from the Das lab wins poster award
    Udo Onwubiko, a graduate student in the Das lab, won a poster award at the 2019 International Pombe meeting at Barcelona, Spain. The title of the poster was ” Cdc42 GEF, Gef1 regulates Rho1 activation during cytokinesis”.  The award was presented by nobel laureate Paul Nurse. Udo’s research focuses on understanding how different steps during […]
  • Barrera laboratory awarded Science Alliance grant
    Associate Professor in BCMB Fran Barrera has been awarded the Science Alliance Support for Affiliated Research Teams (StART) program grant. The Science Alliance received a total of 17 proposals, and  4 of the proposals were selected for funding. The Barrera lab will be collaborating with Patrick Collier (ORNL), in the project titled “Stimuli-responsive neuromorphic computing”. […]
  • Alexandre and Binder Awarded NSF/USDA Grant
    Two professors in BCMB, Brad Binder and Gladys Alexandre, just heard that they were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation and United States Department of Agriculture to study bacterial ethylene receptors and the effects of ethylene on bacteria. Ethylene is well known as a plant hormone, but it is now clear that many […]
  • Award Winning Students in Burch-Smith Lab
    Two graduate students in Tessa Burch-Smith’s lab were awarded federal money to carry out their research. Amie Sankoh was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science foundation to study the formation of plasmodesmata.  Jessica Fernandez was given a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in […]
  • Nate Brady Wins Outstanding Speaker Award
    Nathan Brady, a BCMB graduate student in the Bruce Lab, won an Outstanding  Speaker award at the 4th SMALP Conference that was held in Utrecht, The Netherlands. This meeting focuses on membrane biochemistry and biophysics as well as developments in polymer chemistry and applications to membrane biology. Nate’s talk focused on his research examining and […]
  • Research Experiences for Deaf Students in Systems Biology and Molecular Signaling
  • Deepika Nambiar Wins Audience Choice Award at ASBMB Meeting
    Deepika Nambiar, graduate student in the Howell Lab,  won the audience choice award at the ASBMB Science in a Flash Communication contest held at the ASBMB 2019 meeting in Orlando. The contest had 60 applicants from all over the world with Deepika one of the top 10 chosen for the talk. She was awarded the audience […]
  • Ojee Sharma Gives Talk at UT Undergraduate Research Symposium
    Ojee Sharma, an undergraduate in the Howell lab, presented a research talk The Effects of Osmolytes on Ligands Binding to Dihydropteroate Synthase at today’s UT Undergraduate Research Symposium.      
  • BCMB GSO to Host NPR’s Joe Palca
    The BCMB department Graduate Student Organization is hosting an evening with NPR Science Correspondant Joe Palca. This will take place 22 April 2019 (Earth Day) at 7 pm. It is free and open to the public. More information can be found at bcmbgso.weebly.com/joepalca. Click here to view a poster for the event.
  • Nathan Brady Invited to Speak at SMALP Meeting in Utrecht
    Nathan Brady, BCMB grad student in the Bruce lab, has been invited to give a talk at the SMALP 2019 meeting in Utrecht, the Netherlands. This meeting focuses on membrane biochemistry and biophysics as well as developments in polymer chemistry and applications to membrane biology. Nate’s talk will focus on the integration of  trimeric photosystem I […]
  • Das Lab Paper Featured in Research Highlight
    The Das lab’s latest paper Cdc42 GEF, Gef1, through endocytosis organizes F-BAR Cdc15 along the actomyosin ring and promotes concentric furrowing in Journal of Cell Science is featured in a Research Highlight in that journal. The first author is Udo Onwubiko, a BCMB graduate student in the Das lab. The highlight, How Gef1 controls cytokinesis, summarizes their research […]
  • Tessa Burch-Smith Received Award from UT Teaching & Learning Innovation
    On February 19th, 2019 Assistant Professor Tessa Burch-Smith received an award from UT Teaching & Learning Innovation for Excellence in Inclusive Pedagogy. She was nominated for this award by graduate student Amie Sankoh.  Dr. Burch-Smith also served as a facilitator for a Diversi-Tea on Inclusive Teaching held that same day. More details about Diversi-Tea can […]
  • BCMB GSO Participated in Science Fair at ESK
    Several BCMB graduate students recently participated in an outreach activity by serving as judges at the 5th and 6th grade Science Fair at the Episcopal School of Knoxville (ESK) on February 14th, 2019. The judges were Cidney Allen (Binder lab),  Udo Onwubiko (Das lab), Michel Mykins (1st year), Gabriel Fuente (Howell lab), Scott Carlew (Binder lab), and Mohammad […]
  • Kyle Feeman Presented for “Posters at the Capitol”
    Kyle Freeman, a BCMB senior and undergraduate researcher in the Burch-Smith lab, presented his work at Posters at the Capitol in Nashville. He was part of a group of 7 UT students who traveled to Nashville for the event. This provided students the opportunity to meet with state representatives and share their research. More about […]
  • BCMB Graduate Student Organization hosted 75 Years of Oak Ridge
    On Friday February 22, the BCMB Graduate Student Organization hosted 75 Years of Oak Ridge which featured Ruth Huddleston, a Calutron girl, and Ray Smith, the official Oak Ridge historian. Ruth discussed her work on the Manhattan project. Ray helped to highlight the implications that the Manhattan Project and Y-12 had on the University of Tennessee […]
  • Tessa Burch-Smith Featured on Science Minute Audiocast: The Chemistry of Valentine’s Gifts
    Our very own Tessa Burch-Smith was featured in the Valentine’s Day audiocast today. In this Tessa was interviewed by Andrea Schneibel from Media & Internal Relations at UT about chemicals in flowers and chocolates and how they can affect our brain. To listen to this click here.
  • BCMB GSO to Host “75 Years of Oak Ridge” Event
    The BCMB Graduate Student Organization (BCMB-GSO) is hosting an evening with the Oak Ridge Historian, Ray Smith, and one of the Calutron Girls associated with the war efforts of WWII, Ruth Huddelston. This will take place on Friday, 22 February at 6:30 pm in the New Student Union Autidorium (SU180) at 1502 Cumberland Avenue on the […]
  • Bruce Anderson, former BCMB professor, passed away
    It is with sadness that we announce that Dr. Bruce Anderson passed away. Dr. Anderson was one of the four founding faculty members of the UT-Knoxville Biochemistry Department when it launched in 1963. He was a faculty member from 1963-1970. After leaving UT, he became department head at Virginia Tech. He kept that position for […]
  • Ansul Lokdarshi Given Travel Award to Plant Biology Meeting
    Dr. Ansul Lokdarshi, a postdoc in the von Arnim lab (and former grad student in the Roberts lab), was given a travel award by the American Society of Plant Biologists to attend the Plant Biology 2019 meeting in San Jose, California. Congratulations Ansul.
  • Barry Bruce to Speak at UT Science Forum
    Barry Bruce is scheduled to speak at the UT Science Forum on Friday, 5th April at noon-1. His talk, Applied Photosynthesis: Putting Nature to Work, will present information about using components of photosynthesis to generate electricity and hydrogen for clean energy. A Q&A session will follow. This is open to the general public. This is part of […]
  • BCMB Grad Students Give Talks at BLAST Meeting
    Lindsey O’Neal (Alexandre Lab) and Scott Carlew (Binder Lab) are representing our department at the  Bacterial Locomotion and Signal Transduction (BLAST) meeting being held in New Orleans this week. Both were invited to give talks at the meeting. Lindsey’s presentation is about her research on the integration of signals controlling chemotaxis of Azosprillum brasilense and […]
  • BCMB Graduate Students Connecting with Local Biotech
    BCMB graduate students Kate Halter and Justin Westerfield are helping to connect academics with the local biotech industry in Knoxville. As liaisons for the Academic Alliance they organize monthly Beer & Biotech networking events where life science professionals of all sorts can come to meet people and learn about our local biotech environment. Last week they […]
  • Fran Barrera Appointed to the Editorial Board of JBC
    Dr. Francisco Barrera has been invited to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) for a five-year term beginning January 1, 2019 and ending December 31, 2024.    
  • Bruce Lab Students Win Poster Awards at the 28th Annual Western Photosynthesis Conference
    The Bruce lab had a strong presence at the 28th Annual Western Photosynthesis Conference held last week in Friday Harbor, Washington. Truc Le won the best poster award (undergraduate category) for her poster Application of Exogenous Polyamines Attenuate the Effects of Abiotic Stress on Photosynthesis in the Aquatic Monocots,  Lemna minor 370 AND Spirodela polyrhiza 432. Jyotirmoy Mondal, a BCMB graduate […]
  • Tennessee Passport Givaway
    The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in partnership with CIEE is excited to bring you one step closer to education abroad with the opportunity to receive a FREE U.S. passport (a $145 value). Apply for the chance to receive a free passport and then begin exploring the many ways to use your new passport with a […]
  • Rebecca Shrem Presenting Talk at SEMRC 2018
    Rebecca Shrem, a graduate student in the Jain lab, was selected to give a talk at the Southeastern Magnetic Resonance Conference (SEMRC 2018) to be held this weekend in Clemson, SC.  Her talk, NMR Characterization of the Ligand Dependent Dynamic Changes in Cytochrome P450s, was selected from many abstracts submitted. She also won a travel award from […]
  • NSF MRI Grant Awarded for a New TEM
    After a hiatus of several years, a new transmission electron microscope (TEM) will return to the Advanced Microscopy and Imaging Center. The microscope will allow biologists across all departments on campus to get a high-resolution look at their favorite organism. As an added bonus, this look will not be limited to traditional two-dimensional images, but […]
  • Brandon Reagan and Scott Carlew Present at the TN Plant Research Center Monthly Colloquium
    The Tennessee Plant Research Center (TN-PRC) holds a monthly colloquium during the academic year. Scott Carlew (graduate student in the Binder lab) and Brandon Reagan (graduate student in the Burch-Smith Lab) presented their research for the first PRC colloquium of 2018-2019. Both were recipients of the Graduate Student Research Grant Award from the PRC last year. To […]
  • BCMB Well Represented at Recent Gordon Research Conference
    The BCMB department made a strong impression at the recent Plant and Microbial Cytoskeleton Gordon Research Conference held in Anover, New Hampshire. Brian Hercyk from Maitreyi Das’s lab gave a well-received short talk about his recently submitted dissertation work on cell division and cell polarization in fission yeast. The other two graduate students from the Das […]
  • Former Grad Student in the News
    Shannon (Garland) Zayac (former grad student from the Labrador lab) helped organize a Eureka! event for girls in the Berkshires of Massachusetts to encourage girls in STEM topics. This was featured in a news article in The Berkshire Eagle. Shannon works for the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts as the STEM Program Manager.
  • Barrera Appointed to Biophysical Society Early Career Committee
    Francisco Barrera, Assistant Professor in BCMB, was appointed to the Early Careers Committee of the Biophysical Society. This committee helps promote career development activities for society members as well as increasing the involvement of early career scientists. A list of other committee members can be found here. He will serve on this committee until 2021.   […]
  • Maitreyi Das Featured on the MCB Blog
    Our seminar series, Oh! The Places You’ll Go…, was  featured by the NSF in their MCBBLOG. This is a blog run by the Division of Molecular and Cellular Bioscience at the NSF. The seminar series was supported by the efforts of Dr. Maitreyi Das who obtained supplemental funding for her NSF grant. This seminar series brought in speakers […]
  • Haden Scott Giving Invited Talk in Toronto
    Haden Scott, graduate student in the Barrera lab, was selected to give a talk for the American Crystallographic Association Annual meeting being held in Toronto, Canada. His talk was Neutron Spin Echo Detects Effects of the pH-Low Insertion Peptide on Membrane Thickness Fluctuations. Congratulations Haden.  
  • Alumna Phoebe Catherine Stark Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship
    Phoebe Catherine Stark of Knoxville, Tennessee, has been awarded a Fellowship worth $5,000 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Stark is one of 57 recipients nationwide to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. Stark received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry & […]
  • Seda Kocaman Appointed to the Membership Committee of the Biophysical Society
    Seda Kocaman, graduate student in the lab of Engin Serpersu (Professor Emeritus), was appointed to the Membership Committee of the Biophysical Society. This is a 3 year appointment. Her first task was to interview Alaina Levine, who is a STEM Career Consultant and the Author of the book called Networking for Nerds. This interview can […]
  • Abdurehman Wins Fulbright to Conduct Research in Argentina
    During a five-week research trip to Argentina last summer, Rena Abdurehman learned about the prevalence of a bacterial disease called leptospirosis in the water reservoirs throughout the country. This summer, she is going back to Argentina to do something about it. Abdurehman, a senior in biochemistry, and cellular and molecular biology, received a Fulbright Award […]
  • Memorial Website for Peter Mazur Unveiled
    A memorial website for the late Peter Mazur just went online. Dr. Mazur was a research professor in the BCMB department who was internationally recognized for his pioneering work in the field of cryobiology.
  • Onwubiko Wins NSF GRFP Award
    Udo Onwubiko, a graduate student in the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular & Molecular Biology, received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program award to fund her research on investigating how cells control cytokinesis, the final step in cell division. Cytokinesis is an essential process in cell division. Defects during this phase can result in diseases […]
  • Scott Carlew and Brad Binder Give Talks at the Ethylene2018 Meeting
    Scott Carlew (graduate student in the Binder lab) was selected to give a talk on his research about ethylene receptors in Azospirillum at the Ethylene2018 meeting that was held in Chania, Crete, Greece last week. This meeting is held every three years and focuses on the plant hormone ethylene. Brad Binder gave an invited talk at the same […]
  • Gladys Alexandre Featured in an NSF MCB BLOG Post
    Gladys Alexandre and a former REU student who is hard of hearing, Reena Barnajeet,  were featured in a Blog post by the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) at the NSF. The post, entitled Better Communication, Better Science discusses how having a hard of hearing student improved communication skills for everyone in the lab. Dr. […]
  • Rachel McCord Participated in MicNite UTK
    Rachel McCord recently presented her research at the UT-Knoxville MicNite. If you have 7 minutes, you can click here to watch her talk.
  • Two BCMB Students Honored at the Chancellor’s Awards Banquet
    Two BCMB students were honored at the Chancellor’s awards banquet. Ramya Enganti (graduate student in the Von Arnim Lab) was given a 2018 Extraordinary Professional Promise Award and Peyton Terry (undergraduate student in the McCord Lab) a 2018 Extraordinary Academic Achievement Award. For a full list of awardees, click here.    
  • Deepika Nambiar Gives Talk at the 9th Southeastern Enzyme Conference
    Deepika Nambiar, from the Howell lab, was selected to give a talk at the 9th Southeastern Enzyme Conference held in Atlanta, GA on 7th April 2018.
  • Rena Abduehman Interviewed About her Research Experience
    Rena Abdurehman from the lab of Barry Bruce, discusses the undergraduate  research project she’s working on with Jyotirmoy Mondal. Rena also just found out she was awarded a Fullbright Fellowship.
  • Rena Abdurehman Selected for a Fullbright Fellowship
    Rena Abdurehman, an undergraduate researcher in the lab of Barry Bruce, was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Research Award to conduct research in Argentina. She will be in Rosario, Argentina for nine months working with Dr. Eduardo Ceccarelli, a primary investigator at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Rosario (IBR-CONICET). She will be working on […]
  • Deepika Nambiar Participated in the 2nd Annual 3MT Competition
    Deepika Nambiar, graduate student in the Howell lab,  was one of the finalists of the 2nd Annual 3 Minute Thesis Competition at UT-Knoxville  held on 6 April. To see these talks, go to: http://mediasite.utk.edu/UTK/Play/64734d27fae04d2bb7ef7388c816a8121d Her talk starts at 18:49.    
  • Barry Bruce Interviewed by Rena Abdurehman about Teaching
    Barry Bruce was featured in an interview conducted by Rena Abdurehman, an undergraduate researcher in his lab. This is posted by Tennessee Today on YouTube as part of #UTellOurStory.
  • Dr. Shpak falls for April Fool’s Prank
    A local used books store had an April Fool’s spoof that caught our own Elena Shpak. This can be seen here.    
  • Gabriel Fuente to be an instructor for Clubes de Ciencia Mexico 2018
    Gabriel Fuente, a graduate student in the lab of Liz Howell, has for the second time been accepted as an instructor for Clubes de Ciencia Mexico (http://www.clubesdeciencia.org/). This is a non-profit organization with the mission to expand access to high-quality science education and to inspire and mentor the future generation of scientists in Mexico. Last year he […]
  • BCMB GSO Does Outreach at Cedar Bluff Elementary School
    Members of the BCMB Graduate Student Organization, in partnership with the Psychology Department, visited Cedar Bluff Elementary School to discuss brains and neurons with 4th and 5th graders.     
  • Rachel McCord to Present at Mic/Nite on March 8th
    Rachel McCord, Assistant Professor in BCMB, will be presenting a talk entitled The Human Genome: Now in 3D! at the upcoming UT-Knoxville Mic/Nite on March 8. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost twice a year. For information about time and location visit the Mic/Nite website.
  • Gladys Alexandre Elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology
    Gladys Alexandre was elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology.  The Academy, the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, recognizes excellence, originality, and leadership in the microbiological sciences. This election is quite a mark of distinction. Congratulations to Dr. Alexandre!
  • Training Students at the Interface of Computational and Experimental Biology
  • Binder Lab Publishes Article Documenting Non-canonical Ethylene Receptor Signaling
    The Binder lab published an article entitled Ethylene receptors signal via a non-canonical pathway to regulate abscisic acid responses in the journal Plant Physiology. This research shows that the ethylene receptors can signal independently of the canonical pathway. Such signaling has been hinted at in prior research, but in this paper such signaling was conclusively documented and […]
  • BCMB GSO Hosts Nobel Laureate Lecture
    The BCMB Graduate Student Organization hosted the 2008 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Martin Chalfie, for a public talk last night. Dr. Chalfie, with two others, won the Nobel Prize for work on green fluorescent protein (GFP) which is now commonly used in biological research. In addition to going over the discovery and use of GFP, […]
  • Rachel McCord has News & Views in Nature
    Rachel McCord just published a News & Views article (Chromosome biology: How to build a cohesive genome in 3D) that appears in the prestigious journal Nature. This article provides an overview of the research of Schwarzer et al. that explores the nature of the 3D structure of the genome and how it is organized. Their […]
  • Sterling Field Chosen for ASPB Scholars Program
    Sterling Field in the lab of Dan Roberts was chosen as a 2017 ASPB scholar. This award from the American Society of Plant Biologists is sponsored by Conviron and is award to exceptional students studying plant biology. Only 21 students were chosen for this award this year. Congratulations to Sterlng.
  • Zachary Beamer Receives a DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Award
    Zach Beamer, a graduate student in Dan Roberts’ lab, received a Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award. The title of his proposal is Investigation of the functional basis of transport selectivity in nodulin 26 intrinsic protein channels by x-ray crystallography. This work will be carried out in conjunction with ORNL. […]
  • Cynthia Peterson gives a TED Talk at LSU
    Cynthia Peterson, former professor and head of BCMB, gave a TED talk at her new home, Louisiana State University. In it she compares the processes of making jazz to science. Watch it here http://bit.ly/PetersonTEDxLSU.
  • McCord Lab Published Review Article in WIREs: Systems Biology and Medicine
    Two graduate students, Rosela Golloshi and Jacob Sanders, in the McCord lab published an article entitled Genome organization during the cell cycle: unity in division. This article just appeared on-line in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Systems Biology and Medicine.     
  • Thirteen BCMB Undergraduates Win Pre-Med Scholarships
    Each spring the College of Arts & Sciences awards pre-health scholarships to rising juniors and seniors who are pre-medicine and pre-dentistry. This year thirteen students from BCMB were awarded a pre-health scholarship. These students are: Adam Coleman, Ignacio Miguel Garcia, Timothy Herman, Emily Jo Liske, Andrea Alejandra Mancheno Lopez, Ryan Mihealsick, Christopher Ofori, Jay Patel, […]
  • BCMB Undergrad, Payton Miller, Featured in Tennessee Today
    Payton Miller, a BCMB major and Chancellor’s scholar who just graduated was featured in Tennessee Today for many hours of work painting the “rock” before game days.
  • Haden Scott and Joanna Cooper Win Hollaender Fellowships
    Haden Scott (Barrera Lab) and Joanna Cooper (Prosser Lab) were awarded the 2017 Hollaender Fellowship Award. This award from the Division of Biology recognizes graduate students with high academic qualifications and professional promise. Congratulations to both.         
  • BCMB Students Win Awards at the 21st EURēCA
    Twenty two undergraduate students from the BCMB department participated in the 21st Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA) that took place on April 17-21, 2017. The top students received ORE Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards that came with cash. Congratulation to all BCMB winners!  ORE Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards Gold Jeremiah Holt Project: […]
  • Three Undergrads from the Krishnan Lab Featured in Tennessee Today Article
    Three undergraduate students in the Krishnan lab are the focus of an article in Tennessee Today. The three students, Izabella Nill Gomez, Taryn Lester, and Ashlee Tannehill were interviewed about their research on Rett syndrome.
  • Gladys Alexandre wins a Chancellor’s Award
    Gladys Alexandre was honored at the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet and awarded the 2017 Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year award. Congratulations!
  • BCMB Members win GSS Awards
    The Graduate Student Senate held their awards ceremony today. Several graduate students from BCMB won awards. Joanna Cooper, Rosela Golloshi, Brian Hercyk and Haden Scott were given Excellence in Research awards, Kathyrn Abrahamsson was given an Excellence in Service Award and Lindsey O’Neal was given an Excellence in Teaching award. Also, Rebecca Prosser won a […]
  • Dr. Billy Lau Awarded 2 year postdoctoral fellowship
    Dr. Billy Lau (Krishnan Lab) was awarded a 2 year postocotoral training fellowship from the Rett Syndrome Organization. Congratulations to Billy!
  • Jessica Gullet & Rosela Golloshi Awarded ORE Summer Graduate Research Assistantships
    Jessica Gullett from the Alexandre lab and Rosela Golloshi from the McCord Lab were awarded Faculty Senate Research Council Summer Graduate Research Assistantships. The Office of Research & Engagement received 42 requests with 25 funded. Congratulations to both.       
  • Deepika Nambiar wins 2nd prize for her poster at the Southeast Enzyme Mechanisms Conference
    Members of the Serpersu and Howell labs attended the 8th Southeast Enzyme Mechanisms Conference in Atlanta this past weekend. Congratulations to Deepika Nambiar (Howell Lab) who won 2nd prize for her poster. Prashasti  (Serpersu Lab) from the GST program gave a talk.
  • Two BCMB Undegrads Presented Research at the 2017 Posters at the Capitol Event in Nashville
    Two BCMB undergraduate students represented the University of Tennessee-Knoxville at the 2017 Posters at the Capitol on 1 March 2017 in Nashville. Rena Abdurehman from the Bruce lab presented a poster on her research examining protein trafficking in plastids. Clayton Nunn from the Roberts lab presented his research on the role of NIP2;1 during hypoxia […]
  • Book Co-edited by Dr. Binder Published
    A book co-edited by Brad Binder in BCMB and Eric Schaller at Dartmouth was just published. This book, Ethylene Signaling: Methods and Protocols, draws on the expertise of over 30 scientists and is part of the extensive Methods in Molecular Biology series published by Springer.      
  • Arkadipta Bakshi to give radio interview
    Arko (GST student in the Binder lab), and three other 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) finalists, will be interviewed on the UT Volunteer radio station, WUTK (90.3 FM), at 11 am on 26 March. This will be a 15 minute segment about the competition. Be sure to listen! The finals for this competition start at 1 […]
  • Julie Rich Awarded NSF GRFP
    Congratulations to Julie Rich (Das Lab) for receiving an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award!
  • Arkadipta Bakshi Chosen for 3MT Finals
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