David Cortez

  • Vanderbilt University

    Destination Biochemistry welcomes Baris and Pollenz—and new applicants

    Baris and Pollenz have been selected as the Danzo and Cohen Postdoctoral Scholars, respectively. Destination Biochemistry applications for the next cohort are due Thursday, Feb. 15. Read More

    Feb. 2, 2024

  • Vanderbilt University

    Membrane biophysics authority Jeanne Stachowiak to deliver Apex Lecture on Feb. 13

    Stachowiak is recognized for a paradigm-shifting discovery in the field of membrane biophysics, demonstrating that proteins can induce membrane curvature solely through a surface-crowding mechanism. Her lab investigates the biophysical mechanisms that underlie the function of lipid membranes in cells and explores the opportunity of creating bio-inspired materials and systems that borrow these mechanisms. Read More

    Feb. 1, 2024

  • Vanderbilt University

    Michael Rapé, ubiquitin researcher, to present an Apex Lecture on Sept. 29

    By Kate Carter To highlight major inflection points in research, the Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences launched the Apex Lecture Series in 2023, which allows the Basic Sciences community to engage with researchers from around the world who are influencing the trajectory of their fields. Read More

    Sep. 22, 2023

  • Vanderbilt University

    High-impact science

    By Selene Colon The School of Medicine Basic Sciences would like to recognize our faculty for pursuing high-impact research that leads to national recognition of Vanderbilt’s research excellence. High-impact science is often identified by the number of citations related papers receive, but highly cited papers are not always in premier… Read More

    Aug. 8, 2023

  • Vanderbilt University

    DNA replication discovery opens pathways to understanding and treating cancer, aging and degenerative disease

    An international collaboration steered by David Cortez, Richard N. Armstrong, Ph.D. Chair for Innovation in Biochemistry, explored how cells tolerate DNA damage and genome instability—and they arrived at conclusions that will redirect research into DNA replication as a target for cancer and disease therapeutics. Cells continuously divide… Read More

    May. 2, 2023

  • Vanderbilt University

    Bachmann, Cortez, Rathmell among faculty honored with endowed chairs

    Vanderbilt Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver honored faculty from across the university at an endowed chair investiture ceremony on campus Feb. 24, conferring the university’s highest scholastic rank on those who had received the designation during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020… Read More

    Mar. 2, 2022

  • Vanderbilt University

    An inward look into Biochemistry

    The Department of Biochemistry is nestled within the School of Medicine Basic Sciences, but even though Basic Sciences was only established in 2015, the biochemistry department has been an integral part of Vanderbilt since its foundation in 1925. Historically, the department was known for its prowess in nutrition and toxicology,… Read More

    Jan. 28, 2022

  • New Awards Announced for Postdoctoral Scholars in Biochemistry

    New Awards Announced for Postdoctoral Scholars in Biochemistry

    By Dave Cortez and Aaron Conley The Department of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Basic Sciences announced new annual awards for postdoctoral scholars called the Destination Biochemistry Postdoctoral Scholar Awards. These awards will support exceptional postdoctoral fellows from around the world as they join labs in the Department… Read More

    Jan. 10, 2022