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  • ISU Student is 2017 Iowa State Fair Queen

    Jacqueline Ehrlich, an Iowa State University sophomore majoring in agricultural biochemistry with a minor in nutrition, was crowned Sunday, August 13th as the 2017 Iowa State Fair Queen.

  • BBMB faculty and graduate students gathered for a picnic during fall orientation to welcome new graduate students to the biochemistry and biophysics graduate programs. The August 30, 2017 event was held at the Butternut Shelter at Lee Park in Ames.

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  • Xinyu Fu was selected by the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) as a 2017 ASPB Conviron Scholar. Xinyu was one of only 21 students selected for the inaugural 2017 program. Students who apply to the Scholar Program must be in good academic standing, as verified by their Pl or department head, and must demonstrate a commitment to plant science.


  • Andreotti and Johansen Receive Roy J. Carver Awards

    Two awards created at Iowa State University, with support from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, have been presented to two members of the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (BBMB). Amy Andreotti, was renewed as the Roy J. Carver Endowed Chair in BBMB, and Kristen Johansen, BBMB Department Chair, has been named a Roy J. Carver Professor in BBMB. Both faculty awards were established to support research by outstanding scholars in the area of biomolecular structure and function.

  • Iowa State University (ISU) has been named a National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps site (NSF I-Corps). As one of the newest NSF I-Corps sites in the country, the goal of ISU is to build and maintain a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in faculty, students and research staff.

    The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR) have developed the Iowa State’s I-Corps Program. Guru Rao, Associate Vice President for Research, is the principal investigator for this project. Co-principal investigators, Kristine Johansen and William Adamowski, both program managers with EDIR, work to cultivate relationships with industry and run Iowa State’s Startup Factory.

    ISU will host two informational meetings:

  • Tesia Posekany (left), graduate student in the Nick Lauter Lab/Plant Pathology and Microbiology, and Marit Nilsen-Hamilton (right), professor of Biochemistry, Biophyics and Molecular Biology, were presented the Richard B. Hall Good Citizenship Award in June 2017.

    Beginning in 2017, The Genetics and Genomics Graduate Program established the annual Richard B. Hall Good Citizenship Award for graduate students and staff.

  • Dr. Kristen Johansen has been appointed interim chair of the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology, effective February 15, 2016. Dr. Johansen will take over the duties of Dr. Guru Rao who accepted the position of Associate Vice President in the office of VP for Research previously held by Chitra Rajan, who left Iowa State in July 2015.


  • Ayesha Riaz has been named the recipient of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship, begun by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 with a $210 million endowment, enables outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom to study at the University of Cambridge. Funding is provided to the recipients for postgraduate study at the University for the duration of the degree.

  • Amy Andreotti, director of the department’s initiative in Biomolecular Structure, has been named the first recipient of the Roy J. Carver Chair in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology due to a $1 million endowment committed by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine. The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust is one of the largest private philanthropic foundations in the state of Iowa, having more than $300 million in assets with over $14 million in grant distributions of every year.

    More than $12 million has been committed by Carver Trust over the past 10 years to BBMB in support of professorships, startup funding to hire assistant professors, for graduate student education, and to purchase and maintain state of the art instrumentation for laboratories.

  • Each year the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of its faculty and staff as exemplified in awards received from both the university and the college.  For 2016, LAS announced excellence awards to two members of BBMB.

    The LAS Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring was presented to Professor Jorgen Johansen in recognition of his effectiveness as a professor who serves as a mentor and who strives to enrich the student-professor relationship through support and attention to detail to help students finish their work in a timely and scholarly manner.

  • Faculty, Staff Receive University Awards

    Faculty and staff recipients of the university’s most distinguished awards were honored on Monday, September 26, in the Memorial Union Great Hall.


  • The BBMB Scholarship Committee is very proud to announce that Lauran Chambers, Alex Donelson and Andrew Tonsager are the Stupka Scholars for 2017-2018. Stupka scholars are recognized for their involvement in research, as well as for their leadership in the BBMB Undergraduate Club and the Stupka UGRS. Lauran, Alex and Andrew are outstanding members of our student group and are worthy recipients of BBMB’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship.

    The Committee wishes to thank Olga Zabotina, Marit Nilsen-Hamilton and Alexis Campbell for the wonderful nomination letters, and a special thank you to Bob and Diane Stupka for their continued support of the program and the students.

  • Guru Rao Honored by AAAS

    Associate VP for Research and professor in the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Guru Rao, was one of six Iowa State University researchers honored in November by the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their contributions to statistics, bioinformatics, plant biology, crop improvement, astrophysics and plant pathology.


  • John Robyt, a member of the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology faculty from 1967 to 2015, died February 25, 2017 at the age of 82. Dr. Robyt’s groundbreaking research was featured in numerous professional publications and two textbooks, including "Essentials of Carbohydrate Chemistry".

    Dr. Robyt enjoyed coaching hockey and baseball, and served as President of the Ames Minor Hockey Association for many years. In his memory, Dr. Robyt's family has asked that memorials be sent to the Ames Minor Hockey Association in lieu of flowers.

  • The CALS Spring Awards to honor faculty and staff achievements were held in the Memorial Union Sun Room on March 9, 2017. Two faculty members of BBMB received awards this year -- Desiree Gunning, under the "CALS 2017 Teaching Award" category, received the "Learning Community Coordinator Award" and Robert Jernigan, under the "CALS 2017 Research and Diversity Award" category, received the "Outstanding Achievement in Research Award". A complete list of winners for 2017 are listed on the CALS website.

  • Ryan Andrews and Naazneen Sofeo have each been awarded a $1,000 Print and Grace Powers Hudson Scholarship in Agriculture by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) for the 2017-18 academic year. This scholarship is designated for students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences pursuing a Ph.D. or M.S. degree.

    Ryan is a first-year graduate student who joined Prof. Walter Moss’s lab group this spring. In the short period since joining the lab, Prof. Moss notes that Ryan is making extensive progress on his research, which required him to learn a new scripting language (PERL), and to begin learning how to create and manage databases (using MySQL Workbench and phpMyAdmin), far exceeding Prof. Moss' expectations for a first-year graduate student.

  • Sannie Olson, a fifth year biochemistry Ph.D. candidate, was awarded a Brown Graduate Fellowship of $10,000 for 2017-18. Sannie’s research in Professor Shogren-Knaak’s lab involves the SAGA family of nuclear complexes and how they are regulated in the process of nucleosome acetylation. With the work Sannie has accomplished, she could graduate this spring. However, the Brown award will help provide support for her to work towards finishing a developing story on how various SAGA subunits contribute to its regulation, and it is expected these results will be published several months into her fellowship.

  • Two BBMB outstanding seniors, Jeffrey Carley and Samuel Schulte, have been selected to receive the very prestigious 2017 Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award. The Alumni Association established the Wallace E. Barron Award in 1968 to recognize outstanding seniors who display high character, outstanding achievement in academics and university/community activities, and promise to continue these exemplary qualities as alumni. The 167 past awardees are fulfilling the spirit of this award by staying involved with Iowa State University in numerous ways.

    Jeff and Sam, together with the 5 other recipients, will be featured in the VISIONS publication this spring and receive their award at a special luncheon in April.

  • Journeying from Students to Scientists - Stupka Symposium

    Rob Stupka continues to inspire those who study in the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (BBMB). Follow the journey of students becoming scientists by way of the Stupka Symposium.

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