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Department of Biochemistry

Cunningham Award winner

Mar. 17, 2016—Lisa Poole, a graduate student in the lab of David Cortez, Ph.D., received the 2016 Leon W. Cunningham Award for Excellence in Biochemistry last week during the Biochemistry Department’s annual retreat at the Student Life Center.

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Inaugural Stanley Cohen Lecture is March 4

Feb. 23, 2016—Ray Stevens, the Provost Professor of Chemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Southern California, presents the inaugural Stanley Cohen Lecture Friday, March 4.

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Inaugural Richard Armstrong Lecture in biochemistry is Feb. 26

Feb. 19, 2016—Please join us as Dr. Benjamin F. Cravatt III of the Scripps Research Institute presents the inaugural Richard Armstrong Lecture Friday, Feb. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. in Light Hall, Room 214.

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Slight chemical change may improve TB treatments: study

Feb. 11, 2016—One small chemical change to an existing antibacterial drug results in a compound that is more effective against its target enzyme in tuberculosis, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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Faulty building blocks in DNA

Jan. 22, 2016—An enzyme that builds DNA is able to insert the wrong building blocks, which could generate mutations.

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‘Science diplomacy’ focus of Nobel laureate Agre’s Discovery Lecture

Jan. 14, 2016—Peter Agre, M.D., a Nobel laureate who advocates the use of medical science to advance international diplomacy, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in room 208 Light Hall.

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Copying chromosome caps

Jan. 8, 2016—Telomeres – the caps on the end of chromosomes – are a source of stress for a particular protein involved in copying DNA, a new study reports.

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Biochemistry seminar Jan. 5 features Salk Institute researcher

Dec. 31, 2015—Brandon Toyama, research associate at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, presents a biochemistry seminar Jan. 5.

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Study helps clarify components of DNA ‘copy machine’

Nov. 12, 2015—Vanderbilt investigators have generated a “parts list” for the molecular machinery that duplicates DNA each time a cell divides. The research has implications for cancer therapies that target components of this machinery.

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Chazin honored with international biophysics award

Oct. 22, 2015—Walter Chazin, Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt Center for Structural Biology, is a recipient of a 2016 Fellow of the Biophysical Society award.

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St. Jude researcher presents seminar Nov. 6

Oct. 16, 2015—St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Stacey Ogden presents a seminar Nov. 6.

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Rational design of novel antifungals

Oct. 7, 2015—Structural and molecular details of an anti-fungal target's interaction with inhibitors suggest ways to design better treatments for fungal infections.

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