The March 27 issue of Nature Communications will include an important structure from the lab of Prof. Pingwei Li in the Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophyics at Texas A&M. Zika virus (ZIKV) is causing a global public health emergency. ZIKV infection, spread by mosquitos, is linked to severe congenital diseases and high incidence of Guillan-Barré syndrome. Currently,… Read More →
Last night at the Biochemistry Holiday Party, the BGA showed their annual video.
There are new metabolomics services available at Texas A&M. Larry Dangott (Dept of Biochemistry & Biophysics and The Protein Chemistry Laboratory (PCL)) and Arul Jayaraman (Dept of Chemical Engineering) were recently awarded $1.55M by the Research Development Fund (of the OVPR) to expand the PCL capabilities and establish the Integrated Metabolomics Analysis Core (IMAC) for… Read More →
A new cryo-EM structure from Junjie Zhang’s group in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics is highlighted and on the cover of the October 11 2016 issue of PNAS. Bacteriophage Qβ is a single-stranded RNA virus that infects bacteria that have F-pili. In collaboration with the Young group at Texas A&M, two graduate students, Karl Gorzelnik and Zhicheng… Read More →
Congratulations to Anthony Sperber, a Biochemistry Ph.D. student in Jen Herman’s group for winning the local 3MT competition. Read more about Anthony and 3MT in our February Departmental Newsletter. On to regionals!
New cryo-EM structures from Junjie Zhang’s group in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics were highlighted in the January 2016 issue of Structure. Phosphorus is an important nutrient in all forms of life, and phosphorus availability is often limited for agriculture. The C-P lyase from bacteria recycles phosphorus-containing compounds by cleaving a wide variety compounds containing… Read More →
Hosts and viruses fight for survival has resulted in a great arsenal of molecular weapons. The host combats DNA viruses by preventing expression of their genomes and by destroying their transcripts. These tactics are known as transcriptional and post-transcriptional gene silencing (TGS and PTGS), respectively. On the other side, surviving viruses must have evolved strategies… Read More →
Things are underway to start raising money for the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). Our first event was holding a luncheon by having Genghis Grill bring catered pans of stir fry to the department on Tuesday, August 20. Our profit on this event was $239, which will all go towards SECC. You soon will see… Read More →
Craig Kaplan’s group, working with Nevan Krogan and Christine Guthrie at UCSF, with contributions from labs at Utrecht Medical Center and the University of British Columbia, have described a high-throughput study of genetic interactions in yeast between a collection of mutations in RNA polymerase II and a subset of the yeast knockout mutation collection. By… Read More →
The Polymenis lab has some exciting results about how cell growth is coupled to lifespan in a model organism. This connection could be used in screening for drugs that affect aging in other organisms, including humans. This video from last Fall talks about what his team learned about going from basic science to a drug… Read More →