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  • Photos of faculty Amy Andreotti, Dipa Sashital, Yang Yang

    Three BBMB Faculty win University Awards: Amy Andreotti, Dipa Sashital, and Yang Yang. Congratulations!

  • Stupka UGRS 2024 Planning Committee, Advisors, and Keynotes

    The Stupka Undergraduate Research Symposium, in its 18th year in 2024, is run by undergraduates and hosted by BBMB. This year they welcomed keynote speakers Dr. Simon Gilroy and Dr. Susan Marqusee.

  • Structure of Retreiver complex

    The Chen lab and collaborators at UT Southwestern Medical Center made significant advancements in our understanding of how proteins are retrieved from endosomes and recycled back to the cell's surface. They combined cryo-EM, structural predictions, biochemistry, and cell biology to investigate how the Retriever and CCC complexes team up in this process.

  • 4 students present, 2 place at Borlaug Poster Competition

    Four BBMB students presented at the 20th Annual Norman Borlaug Lectureship Poster Competition for Graduate and Undergraduate Students. Congratulations to Yiling Feng (Peters lab) - 2nd place, Graduate Division and Braden Lewis (Mendonca lab) - 3rd place, Undergraduate Division. Also presenting were Austin Petfalski (Roche lab) and Tristan Weers (Peters lab), both Undergraduate Division.

  • Welcome Nick Crumpton TLC

    The ISU undergraduate biochemistry program welcomes Nick Crumpton, Teaching Lab Coordinator. Nick is completing his Master’s in STEM Education and is excited to utilize his skills and expertise towards providing the best undergraduate lab experiences for our students at ISU. The Department welcomed Nick Crumpton and Al Culbertson (Assistant Professor) at an ice cream social in September.

  • Louisa Tabatabai

    Dr. Louisa Tabatabai was unanimously chosen to receive lifetime membership from the International Brucellosis Society!  Dr. Tabatabai’s extensive publications concerning brucellosis are cited continually, and her impact on the understanding of the organism and the disease cannot be understated.  Dr. Tabatabai is a shining example of a dedicated scientist with continuous achievements and an undying curiosity of the role bacterial proteins play in pathogenesis of disease. A quote from the Secretary-Treasurer of the International Brucellosis Society “I am honored to share this monumental announcement with you. I can think of no one more deserving of lifetime membership. I look forward to your continued attendance at future conferences so that the new wave of brucellosis researchers learn from your wisdom and knowledge.”

  • Congratulations 2023 BSRP Cohort

    Thirteen biochemistry majors presented their undergraduate research in lightning-style talks at our second annual BBMB Summer Undergraduate Research Program (BSRP) Showcase on Sept. 7th. Thank you to everyone who supported this program and attended the showcase! Next year's BSRP Showcase format will be a π-minute-thesis (3:14) with pie for refreshments. Mark your calendars for Sept. 5th, 2024.

  • Four BBMB members receive University Awards

    This fall, four BBMB Department members will receive University Awards, the highest recognition Iowa State bestows upon its faculty and staff for their commitment to the land-grant ideals of learning, discovery and outreach. Congratulations to Marit Nilsen-Hamilton, Eric Underbakke, Claire Kruesel, and Meimei Xu! Their peers nominated them for their accomplishments.

  • Welcome, Dr. Alan Culbertson

    We're thrilled to announce that Dr. Alan Culbertson is joining us as Assistant Professor! He is now merging his past experiences in starting his own research laboratory at Iowa State University in studying plant ABC transporters using cryoEM along with other in vitro biochemical assays. The Roy J. Carver Department of BBMB looks forward to welcoming (back) Dr. Culbertson and our new Teaching Lab Coordinator, Nick Crumpton, at an ISU Creamery ice cream social later this month.

  • Three BBMB Graduates join ASBMB Wall of Fame

    Three 2023 BBMB graduates have joined the ASBMB Wall of Fame! They achieved Mastery or Proficiency scores in the challenging certifying exam by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). Congratulations Daly, Isabel, and Kevin!

  • Alan Myers and Thomas Lübberstedt stand in field of corn. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

    Alan Meyers one of "ISU researchers part of nationwide project to make sweet corn even better"

    [BBMB Professor Dr. Alan] Myers’ team is studying what enzymes affect polymer architecture in corn kernels, using tools such as CRIPSR gene editing to test adjustments. While improving quality with an optimal balance between starch and glucose is the primary goal, charting new methods for growing corn with a sugary snap has an important added benefit. The currently narrow genetic basis for sweet corn leaves the vegetable susceptible to new pest and disease threats.  

    “Finding different changes in the biochemical process to produce sweet corn would secure the crop against future challenges. We may never need to deal with that, but we want to be prepared,” Myers said.

  • Biochemistry Undergraduates Recognized at Awards Brunch

    Biochemistry majors were recognized at an Awards Brunch on Thursday, April 13th, including BBMB Department awards such as Stupka Scholar and Stupka Leader; select national, College, and University achievements such as the Dean's List; and the ISU Alumni Association's Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award. Don Beitz emceed the event and Department Chair Mark Hargrove presented certificates. BBMB faculty, staff, and graduate students were also celebrated.


  • BBMB Graduate Students Recognized at Awards Brunch

    BBMB graduate students were recognized for the following awards at an Awards Brunch on Thursday, April 13th: Teaching Excellence Award, Research Excellence Award, Carver 3rd Year BBMB Graduate Student Award, Brown Fellowship, Dhamu and Kanchana Thamodaran Innovation in Agriculture Student Award. Don Beitz emceed the event and Department Chair Mark Hargrove presented certificates. BBMB faculty, staff, and undergraduates were also celebrated.


  • Samuel Shobade, biochemistry graduate student, shown in Nilsen-Hamilton Lab

    Samuel Shobade (Nilsen-Hamilton lab) selected for inaugural innovation in agriculture award

    Samuel Shobade, BBMB graduate student in biochemistry in the lab of Dr. Marit Nilsen-Hamilton, is the recipient of the inaugural 2023 Dhamu and Kanchana Thamodaran Innovation in Agriculture Student Award.

  • Claire Kruesel recognized with P&S CYtation award

    Congratulations to Claire Kruesel, BBMB Undergraduate Program Coordinator! Her work was recognized at the CYtation Award Ceremony held on March 23 at the Alumni Center’s Reiman Ballroom. The Professional and Scientific Council CYtation Awards recognize Professional and Scientific employees, particularly those who might not otherwise receive public recognition, who go above and beyond the call of duty; do something extraordinarily well; and act in such a way as to make a real difference in the institution.

  • Forever True Day 2023!

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