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Department of Biochemistry Archives

Anticancer olive compounds

Jul. 27, 2015—Compounds found in olives and olive oil have anticancer activity, which may contribute to the cancer preventive properties attributed to the Mediterranean diet.

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Study reveals how protein helps cells tolerate DNA damage

Jul. 16, 2015—Vanderbilt and Stanford investigators have discovered how a protein that's part of the DNA replication "machinery" helps cells tolerate DNA damage.

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Biochemistry’s Hodges stays grounded in joy of discovery

Jul. 16, 2015—Albert Einstein once wrote, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” For Emily Hodges, Ph.D., that awakening occurred in a high school science class taught by Trudy Anderson, Ed.D. “She made science exciting,” Hodges said.

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Guengerich named interim editor of noted journal JBC

Jul. 9, 2015—Vanderbilt University’s F. Peter (Fred) Guengerich, Ph.D., has been named interim editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC).

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Photo: Leon W. Cunningham Award

Jun. 25, 2015—Catherine Deatherage, a graduate student in the lab of Charles Sanders, Ph.D., received this year’s Leon W. Cunningham Award for Excellence in Biochemistry during a presentation last week. The award, named for the late Leon Cunningham, Ph.D., former chair of the Department of Biochemistry, is given annually to a graduate student in Biochemistry who exemplifies...

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Biochemistry professor Richard Armstrong remembered

Jun. 22, 2015—Richard N. Armstrong, Ph.D., professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry, prominent biochemist, journal editor and mentor, died on June 18 after a brief illness. He was 66.

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Lit up COX-2 cancer probe

Jun. 17, 2015—A new imaging probe developed by Vanderbilt investigators enhances tumor visibility and has broad applications in diagnosing and monitoring patients with cancer.

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Study identifies C. diff toxin receptor, suggests new treatment approaches

Jun. 4, 2015—Vanderbilt University investigators have identified a cellular receptor for a toxin from Clostridium difficile (“C. diff”) — the leading cause of hospital-acquired diarrhea in the United States.

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David Ong, professor of Biochemistry, emeritus, dies at 71

Apr. 28, 2015—David E. Ong, Ph.D., professor of Biochemistry, emeritus, whose contributions to research in the area of vitamin A biochemistry were recognized worldwide, died April 25. He was 71.

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Vanderbilt team first to blend high-end imaging techniques

Mar. 5, 2015—Vanderbilt University researchers have achieved the first “image fusion” of mass spectrometry and microscopy — a technical tour de force that could, among other things, dramatically improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

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Center for Structural Biology symposium to feature stellar lineup

Feb. 26, 2015—The Vanderbilt University Department of Biochemistry will host a two-day symposium March 6-7 to honor the 60th birthday of Walter Chazin, Ph.D., director of the Center for Structural Biology.

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Antibiotics with anticancer potential

Feb. 25, 2015—A series of experimental antibiotics may be a good starting point for developing new anticancer drugs.

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