Department Of Biochemistry

  • Vanderbilt University

    Fred Guengerich: 50 years of sowing seeds and harvesting rewards

    For bichemist Fred Guengerich, the story of his 50-plus years in science can be told through his 98 semesters on Vanderbilt University’s faculty; the 22 graduate students and 141 postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists he has mentored; the 768 primary research papers, 324 invited reviews and chapters, and 138 book chapters and published proceedings he has authored; and the 125,316 of times he has been cited. But even those numbers don’t tell the whole story. Read More

    Feb. 9, 2024

  • Vanderbilt University

    Vanderbilt International Researchers Alliance will host annual symposium highlighting international research, inclusion, and stories

    VIRAL will highlight the work and stories of the university’s international researcher community during its second annual symposium. The platform is for international students to discuss research, inclusion, and personal experiences. Read More

    Feb. 6, 2024

  • 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

    Osheroff receives Distinguished Teacher Award from Association of American Medical Colleges

    As a professor of biochemistry and medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine for more than 40 years, Osheroff is the longest serving course director currently teaching medical students. He also codirects the preclerkship phase of the medical school curriculum and leads the Master Science Teachers cohort, a role established in 2007 to recognize VUSM’s outstanding basic science educators. Through his teaching, he has helped medical students at VUSM and across the globe acquire the basic science skills and knowledge they need to thrive in clinical practice, according to the AAMC. Read More

    Oct. 31, 2023

  • 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

  • Osheroff wins prestigious MILES Award

    Osheroff wins prestigious MILES Award

    Neil Osheroff, John G. Coniglio Chair in Biochemistry and professor of biochemistry and medicine, received the Mentoring, Innovation, and Leadership in Educational Scholarship Award at the annual Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference that took place in May. Read more. Read More

    Jul. 7, 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

    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

  • Headshot of Michael Waterman wearing a dark jacket and red-striped tie. He is wearing eye-glasses.

    Former Chair of Biochemistry Michael Waterman dies

    On Sunday, November 7, Michael Waterman, former chair of the Department of Biochemistry, passed away. Waterman was chair of biochemistry for 18 years and helped develop the department into a place where faculty could thrive. “Mike believed in empowering faculty,” David Cortez, current chair of the department, said. “He always… Read More

    Nov. 12, 2021