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Department of Biochemistry

A critical factor for wound healing

Jul. 16, 2019—Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center scientists have discovered a role for a tumor suppressor protein in skin wound healing.

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Potential probe for early ovarian cancer

Jun. 20, 2019—Larry Marnett and colleagues have developed what may become the first agent for targeted PET imaging of cancer tissues, such as ovarian cancer, that express high levels of the COX-1 enzyme.

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Steroid binding to metabolic enzyme

Jun. 12, 2019—Understanding how a steroid-metabolizing enzyme binds to its substrates may aid in designing drugs to treat sexual dysfunction as well as prostate cancer.

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Novel DNA repair mechanism preserves genome integrity: study

Feb. 28, 2019—David Cortez and colleagues have discovered a new DNA repair mechanism.

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Lindsley named fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Jan. 4, 2019—Craig Lindsley, co-director of the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

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Merrikh Lab working to defeat drug-resistant superbugs

Dec. 20, 2018—New Vanderbilt University biochemistry professor Houra Merrikh is working to defeat drug-resistant superbugs by blocking a molecule they need to mutate rapidly.

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Rothamel selected as Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar

Oct. 25, 2018—Katherine Rothamel, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has been selected as the 2017 Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar.

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Mass spectrometry team earns grant to map body at the cellular level

Sep. 28, 2018—Biochemistry professor Richard Caprioli, director of the Mass Spectrometry Research Center, and Jeff Spraggins, research assistant professor of biochemistry, and their team will build a platform to molecularly characterize cells.

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Osheroff to receive Richard Armstrong Mentoring Award

Sep. 4, 2018—The Department of Biochemistry will present the inaugural Richard Armstrong Mentoring Award to Dr. Neil Osheroff, the John Coniglio Chair and professor of biochemistry, from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in Light Hall, Room 214.

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Energetic gene switch

Aug. 30, 2018—James Galligan and Lawrence Marnett have discovered a new histone modification that can affect gene expression.

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New faculty chair in Vanderbilt’s Basic Sciences created in memory of biochemist Richard Armstrong

Aug. 29, 2018—A $1 million gift has established a new faculty chair within the School of Medicine’s Basic Sciences that is named in honor of the late biochemist Richard Armstrong.

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Genetic balancing act

Aug. 9, 2018—David Cortez and colleagues have found that a protein called RADX helps modulate a protein called RAD51 in order to make sure exactly the correct amount of DNA repair occurs.

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