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Dean’s Faculty Fellows program recognizes Neuert, Ren

Feb. 17, 2021—By Lorena Infante Lara, February 15, 2021 Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Yi Ren and Assistant Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics Gregor Neuert have been recognized as School of Medicine Basic Sciences Dean’s Faculty Fellows. Established in 2020, the Dean’s Faculty Fellows program in Basic Sciences is designed to recognize the efforts of faculty in...

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SARS-CoV-2 protein blocks an essential step in host gene expression, new discovery finds

Feb. 17, 2021—by Marissa Shapiro Feb. 17, 2021, 9:00 AM Vanderbilt biochemist Yi Ren is part of a team that has identified a new behavior of a SARS-CoV-2 protein and discovered that interfering with its function can block virus replication in host cells. This opens up the potential for new therapeutic targets for COVID-19. Yi Ren (Vanderbilt...

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Think Like A Girl: A Coloring Book of Women Pioneers in STEM

Feb. 11, 2021—Visibility and recognition of women and minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is a vital component of fostering greater diversity and equity for under-represented groups in the next generation of scientific leaders. As we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science (February 11), we are delighted to launch our latest coloring...

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Gene network for leukemia factor

Feb. 4, 2021—Feb. 4, 2021, 9:00 AM by Leigh MacMillan Transcription factors — proteins that regulate gene expression — play critical roles in cell fate decisions and are frequent targets of mutation in a variety of human cancers. Understanding how transcription factors contribute to disease requires the identification of their direct gene targets, but traditional methods are time-consuming and make it difficult to...

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Dr. Ben Danzo Obituary

Jan. 20, 2021—On Jan 6, 2021, Dr. Ben Danzo, retired Vanderbilt BCHM Faculty Member passed away. Services will be in Ohio. May he rest in peace. Obituary            

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Craig Lindsley appointed J Med Chem Editor-in-Chief of the 

Jan. 20, 2021—The ACS appoints our Dr. Craig Lindsley as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry – great news!        

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David Cortez named Department of Biochemistry Interim Chair

Jan. 19, 2021—Dr. David Cortez named interim chair in the Department of Biochemistry; Dr. John York named Impossible Foods chief science officer.

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Updates on Billy Hudson’s Aspirnauts mentoring program

Jan. 18, 2021—Updates on the latest news of Dr. Billy Hudson’s inspirational Aspirnauts mentoring program may be read here. To sign up for future newsletters, contact rachel.baugh@vumc.org        

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Breann Brown awarded 2020 Early Stage Investigator Prize

Jan. 17, 2021—Congratulations to Dr. Breann Brown, awarded the 2020 Early Stage Investigator Prize from the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. The grant is designed to aid and inspire the next generation of scientists dedicated to mitochondrial disease research.        

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Kimryn Rathmell named a AAAS Fellow

Jan. 16, 2021—Faculty member Dr. Kimryn Rathmell has deservedly been named a AAAS Fellow, for distinguished contributions elucidating molecular mechanisms and translational approaches in renal and other hypoxia- driven cancers. Also kudos to Dr. Rathmell for team-winning research recognition by the American Association of Cancer Research. Full team participants list here.        

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James Hutchison is 2021 Anne Karpay Award in Structural Biology recipient

Jan. 15, 2021—Big congratulations to Sanders’ Lab graduate student James Hutchison as the 2021 recipient of the Anne Karpay Award in Structural Biology. Save the date for his Jan 19 virtual lecture.              

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Endowed Chairs bestowed on our Biochemistry Faculty in 2020

Jan. 14, 2021—Hearty congratulations to the newly announced Endowed Chairs bestowed on our Biochemistry Faculty in 2020: Drs. Brian O. Bachmann, David K. Cortez, Tina M. Iverson and Kimryn Rathmell.          

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Kudos to Yi Ren lab for COVID safety!

Jan. 13, 2021—See this update from the Dr. Yi Ren lab, with kudos for COVID safety!        

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See Houra Merrikh’s New Faculty Profile Video!

Jan. 12, 2021—Houra Merrikh, Drug Resistance & DNA Replication Conflicts

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Scott Hiebert appointed acting chair of National Cancer Advisory Board

Jan. 11, 2021—Congratulations Dr. Scott Hiebert, newly appointed as acting chair of the National Cancer Advisory Board!                

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