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BMB undergraduate students invited to Phi Beta Kappa


The biochemistry professor discusses how she goes the extra mile to be inclusive and engaging in the classroom and lab.


Jose Rios-Monterrosa, a fourth-year Medical student performing a Research Distinction Track in the laboratory of Lori Wallrath, received a first-place award for his oral presentation titled "Suppression of muscle dysfunction caused by mutant lamins" at the 2021 virtual Midwest Drosophila Conference. Congratulations!


Congratulations to Nicholas Hammons, Rebecca Splitt, and Grace Ciampa for receiving the Dr. Lois Gehring Graduate Student Scholarship! This scholarship is given to the most meritorious second year Biochemistry graduate students based on academic and research achievements.

The prize is named in honor of Lois Bigger Gehring, an extremely talented biochemist and graduate of the University of Iowa. Lois is a native of Mt. Vernon, Iowa. She attended Cornell College and majored in biology and chemistry. Lois earned her M.S. in bacteriology from the University of Iowa in 1949 and a PhD in...

Lucy Langmack

Program: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Address: 4-403 BSB Phone: (319) 335-7931 Email: lucy-langmack@uiowa.edu Mentor: Lab Rotations Undergraduate Institution: University of Iowa

Date Entered Into Program: 2021

Sydney Walker

​Program: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Address: 4-403 BSB Phone: (319) 335-7931 Email: sydney-walker@uiowa.edu Mentor: Lab Rotations Undergraduate Institution: University of Iowa

Year Entered Into Program: 2021

Logan Dawson

Program: Molecular Medicine Address: 4-403 BSB Phone: (319) 335-7931 Email: logan-dawson@uiowa.edu Mentor: Lab Rotations Undergraduate Institution: University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire

Year Entered Into Program: 2021


The Department of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa changes name to Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


Dr. William Hacker receives 2021 Subramanian Thesis Award/


Dr. Sarah R. Hengel, former Maria spies PhD graduate student, was interviewed for the American Cancer Society Theorylab Podcast. Dr. Hengel is investigating why unrepaired DNA leads to cancer. Take a listen here:



The Wittmann and Khorana Scholar awards are given to a male and female Biochemistry major, respectively, recognizing their exceptional understanding of biochemistry and its value to society. Dariya (Dasha) Kozlova is the winner of the 2021 Professor H.G. Khorana Scholar Award. Dasha did research in the Davies lab examining how different mutations in the human ANGPRL3 protein affect the activity of cellular lipases. She will be attending medical school in the fall.

Daniel Conway is the the winner of the 2021 Professor H.G. Wittmann Scholar Award is. Daniel did research in the...


Geoff Collins and Guowei Qi awarded Montgomery Scholar’s Prizes for 2021

Geoff Collins, who did undergraduate research in the Dr. David Price laboratory, and Guowei Qi, who did undergraduate research in the Dr. Michael Schnieders laboratory, have been awarded 2021 Montgomery Biochemistry Scholar’s Prizes for their outstanding research accomplishments and excellent presentations at the Lata Symposium.

This prize was established by mentees, colleagues and friends of the late Dr. Rex Montgomery, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Montgomery began his career at...


17th Annual Lata Symposium Presenters


Ben Hinz awarded Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship from the U of Iowa Honors College.


Dr. Madeline Shea awarded university's top teaching award.


After four years at the University of Iowa, Guowei Qi will attend the University of Cambridge in October to conduct research as one of 17 Churchill Scholars in the nation.


Ben Hinz, Biomedical Engineering major in the Wallrath lab, was awarded the Ishan Jain Scholar Travel Award.


Dr. Pam Geyer awarded NIH R21 Grant.


Sydney Walker, Biochemistry BS senior, working in the laboratory of Dr. Lori Wallrath has been awarded a Student Employee of the Year Certificate of Distinction.


2021 publications. Published 3.3.2021.


Ben Hinz, a Biomedical Engineering undergraduate researcher in the laboratory of Lori Wallrath, was awarded a Victoria Finnerty Award to present a poster titled "Modeling muscular dystrophy in Drosophila: A study of lamins and interaction partners" at the 62nd Annual Drosophila Research Conference ( https://genetics-gsa.org/awards/victoria-finnerty-undergraduate-travel-awards /).


Undergraduate Biochemistry alumnus, Dr. Susan R. Wente, selected as 14th President of Wake Forest University.


Recent research findings from Lori Wallrath's laboratory were presented at the ASCB/EMBO Cell Bio Virtual 2020 Conference.


Dr. Pamela Geyer quoted in The New York Times.


Dr. Debbie Thurmond at the frontline of Unites States first clinical trial for a type 1 diabetes vaccine.


Congratulations to Drs. Ryan Mahling and William Hacker for successfully defending their theses this fall.


Please join Dr. Marc Wold, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Honors Advisor, in congratulating the Fall 2020 Biochemistry Honors graduates and their research mentors for a job well done.

JADE MILLER - Inhibition of RAD52 in BRCA2-Deficient Cancer Cells Mentor: Maria Spies

JACOB LAM - Activating Transcription Factor 4 Controls Mitochondrial Morphology and Metabolism in Skeletal Muscle Mentor: E. Dale Abel; Antentor Hinton, Jr.


Drs. Wallrath and Drack receive gift for newly established Wallrath Research Fund


Dr. Ashley Spies receives NIH R01 grant


Dr. Sean Tompkins, who completed his PhD with Dr. Eric Taylor, publishes his first author paper in Cell Reports. The article is entitled, "Disrupting Mirochondrial Pyruvate Uptake Directs Glutamine into the TGA Cycle away from Glutathione Synthesis and Impairs Hepatocellular Tumorigenesis." Dr. Tompkins is currently doing residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago.

The article can be found here .

Congratulations Dr. Tompkins!


Department of Biochemistry collaborates with Department of Physics at UNI


Department of Biochemistry holds 11th Annual Retreat


Dr. Joseph Walder awarded The Distinguished Friend of the University Award.


Congratulations to our Summer 2020 Biochemistry Graduate


Marc Wold co-authored an article titled “A slipped-CAG DNA-binding small molecule induces trinucleotide-repeat contractions in vivo” that was published in, and featured on the cover of, the February, 2020 issue of Nature Genetics (volume 52, issue 2, page 146).


Dr. Charles Brenner steps down as chair of Department of Biochemistry; Dr. Kris DeMali will serve as inteim chair and DEO.


On July 20, 2020 the Biochemistry Department held a farewell celebration for Dr. Charles Brenner and the Brenner Lab. Join us in wishing our colleagues well on their next opportunities and all their future endeavors.


Sean Tompkins, Tingting Duan, and Julio Sanchez receive their PhDs.


Hannah Campbell, who completed her PhD with Dr. Kris DeMali, was awarded the 2020 Subramanian Award for the best PhD thesis in the Department of Biochemistry.


The Wittmann and Khorana Scholar awards are given to a male and female Biochemistry major, respectively, recognizing their exceptional understanding of biochemistry and its value to society.


Brianna Lupo was awarded 2020 Montgomery Biochemistry Scholar’s Prizes for their outstanding research accomplishments and excellent presentations at the Lata Symposium.


The 2020 Rex Montgomery Scholarships were awarded


Benjamin Hinz, a Biochemistry undergraduate in the Wallrath laboratory, received a Summer ICRU Fellowship.


Six students presented at this year’s Undergraduate Honors Program.


Department of Biochemistry 2020 Publications since April 30, 2020

Tiwari, M. Lopez-Redondo, L. Miguel-Romero, et al., The SrrAB two-component system regulates Staphylococcus aureuspathogenicity through redox sensitive cysteines, PNAS (2020), https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1921307117 Zhang, H. T. Rube, C.A. Vakulskas, et al., Systematic in vitro profiling of off-target affinity, cleavagre and efficiency for CRISPR enzymes, Nucleic Acids Research (2020), https://doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkaa231 Pufall, A.M. Wilson, An idea to explore: A collaboration and cross training in an extended classroom...


Francesca Spencer, graduating senior in Biochemistry and Italian at the University of Iowa, is coauthor of a paper appearing in Nature Scientific Reports.


Brian Krueger, Associate Vice President, Technical Director, R&D, LabCorp and a 2009 PhD graduate of the Department of Biochemistry, has been at the forefront of COVID-19 DNA testing. On January 12, 2020, China published the first DNA sequence of the coronavirus genome from patients with COVID-19. By March 16, 2020, in unprecedented record time, Dr. Krueger and his co-workers developed the first FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) approval for a clinical DNA diagnostic test. On April 21, 2020, they were the first to receive EUA approval for the first at-home test kit based on nasal...


Jacintha Thomas, a Research Assistant in Dr. Lori Wallrath’s lab, was featured in the May 7th UIHC publication called “The Loop”.


Arpit Sharma, a 2018 Biochemistry PhD student in Dr. Eric Taylor’s lab, recently published an article in Science.


Will Hacker, a Biochemistry Graduate Student in the Elcock lab, has been awarded the Graduate Research Excellence Award.


Nicholas Luedtke has been awarded an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award by the Council on Teaching for his excellent work in Experimental Biochemistry (BIOC3140).


Dr. Pam Geyer has been elected to the AAAS Electorate Nominating Committee, starting her three-year membership in February 2020.


Dr. Kris DeMali received a NIH R35 MIRA grant for her project entitled, “Molecular Mechanisms Underlying E-cadherin Mechanotransduction.”


Alicia Salvi, a Biochemistry Graduate Student, was awarded a NIH F31 Pre-doctoral Fellowship.


Dr. Ernesto Fuentes, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, was awarded the 2019/2020 CCOM Innovation Research Grant.


Lori Wallrath, PhD and Benjamin Darbro, MD/PhD (Pediatrics) received an NIH R21 grant to study genetic modifiers of lamin-associated muscular dystrophies.


Dr. Marc Wold was inducted into the Wall of Scholarship on February 12, 2020.


Dr. John Dagle (Pediatrics-Neonatology and secondary faculty in Biochemistry) was selected as recipient of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award.


Congratulations to Dr. Brenner for being awarded the Mary Swartz Rose Senior Investigator Award by the American Society for Nutrition.


Congratulations to Dr. Marc Wold for receiving the Carver College of Medicine Faculty Service Award.


Congratulations to Dr. Madeline Shea for receiving the Carver College of Medicine Collegiate Teaching Award.


Tori Cassady, a Biochemistry BA student, and Paula Valino, a Biochemistry BS student, are featured in the Dare to Discover campaign.

Brenner lab’s clinical trial on the effects of NR in humans shows the compound safely increases levels of important cell metabolite