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Gary Pielak awarded the 2023 Johnston Teaching Excellence Award

March 8, 2023

Created in 1991, these awards recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching. Winners are nominated by Johnston Scholars and selected by a special committee of scholars in the James M. Johnston Scholarship Program.

Celebrating Black History Month – Xavier Bonner

February 28, 2023

Xavier Bonner is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the UNC School of Medicine. He attended Morehouse College before coming to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in fall 2018. His research focuses on HIV—specifically, better understanding the genotypic and phenotypic determinants of macrophage tropism—or, how HIV viruses enter different cell types.


Amrita Nallathambi’s outreach with Shadow a Scientist

January 31, 2023

On December 9th, Amrita Nallathambi served as a Shadow A Scientist graduate student science ambassador. Amrita is currently a 2nd year PhD student in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and also a trainee in the Molecular and Cellular Biophysics program. Amrita is a member of the Kuhlman lab. Shadow A Scientist is a graduate student run organization that provides opportunities for high school students to interact with science in an exciting new way by experiencing … Read more

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Student Spotlight – Trainee Uriel Jean-Baptiste Featured

January 23, 2023

Uriel Jean-Baptiste, a MCBP trainee and member of the Biochemistry and Biophysics PhD curriculum was featured as the student spotlight this month. Visit BCBP’s news post to learn more about Uriel’s research in the Neher lab.    

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Morgan Walker earns her PhD

January 18, 2023

Morgan Walker defended her dissertation under the guidance of Dr. Matthew Redinbo on January 13, 2023 and received her PhD. Her dissertation is titled “Structure and Function of Diverse Gut Microbial Enzymes.” Morgan received her B.S.Chem in Chemistry from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA in 2017. During her time there, she worked with Dr. Arthur Roberts to elucidate differences in P-glycoprotein transport of the opioids methadone and loperamide using biochemical and biophysical methods. … Read more

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Darex Vera-Rodriguez and Odessa Goudy attend SACNAS conference in Puerto Rico

November 16, 2022

Two Molecular and Cellular Biophysics trainees, Darex in the Lee lab, and Odessa in the Kuhlman lab, attended the 2022 STEM SACNAS conference in Puerto Rico. View the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics news post for details.

Reem Hakeem earns her PhD

November 16, 2022

Congratulations to Reem Hakeem who successfully defender her dissertation titled “A photopolymer-based hydrogel system reveals distinct actomyosin-based mechano-responses in fibroblast durotaxis. Reem is a member of the Bear lab. View the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics new post for details.

Rodney Park earns his PhD

November 16, 2022

Congratulations to Rodney Park for his successful dissertation defense titled “Design and Application of Substrate Recruitment Domains in Enzymes.” Rodney is a member of the Kuhlman lab.

Nathaniel Wesley earns his PhD

September 22, 2022

Nathaniel Wesley successfully defended his thesis on August 17th, 2022, titled, “Characterization of Chromatin Interactions using TR-FRET.” The work was completed under the direction of Robert K. McGinty, MD, PhD. View the Biochemistry and Biophysics department news post for details.

MCBP Annual Bowling Social

August 18, 2022

The incoming cohort of Molecular and Cellular Biophysics Program students joined 2nd year students and program directors, Brian Kuhlman and Kevin Slep, for a bowling social. This year, the incoming cohort of students are from three departments, including BBSP, chemistry, and physics. We are excited to welcome a vibrant cohort of students to the community!