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Biochemistry seniors - Congratulations on graduation! You and your family are invited to a lunch on May 14th to celebrate your accomplishments with your fellow graduating seniors and faculty members. The event will be held after the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Convocation Ceremony and diploma pick up. The lunch will be in Mendel 213 and will run from noon-1:30 pm.

We look forward to celebrating with you and hope that you can join us!

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April: Congratulations to Senior Biochemistry major Rishi Chauhan who has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship!  Rishi will be part of the ETA program this coming year in South Korea.  Well done, Rishi!

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April: Members of the Kraut, Selinsky, and Youngman labs presented their work at the national 2016 Experimental Biology Meeting San Diego.  Pictured at left are students Eden Reichard, Giavonna Cherico, Stephanie Neumann, and Caytlin Nichols.  Well done!

April:  Dr. Janice Knepper and her students recently presented their work at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) meeting in New Orleans. Congratulations to senior Jani Swiatek, who won an honorable mention at the Undergraduate Student Caucus!

April: Kudos to junior Biochemistry major Jorna Sojati - she has been awarded a competitive Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad! Congratulations!

Dr. Gisela Storz will give the inaugural lecture in the Biochemistry Distinguished Lecture Series

Dr. Storz

We proudly announce the newly established Biochemistry Distinguished Lecture Series funded through a kind donation to the program.  We are honored that Dr. Gisela Storz of the NIH is our inaugural speaker.  Her talk is entitled, “The genes that were missed:  intricate regulation provided by small RNAs and small proteins.”

Alex and Linda present their work
Alex and Linda present their work at the AAAS meeting.

February: Drs. Aimee Eggler (Department of Chemistry and Program in Biochemistry) and Konstantinos Agrios (Department of Chemistry) attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in Washington, DC. Undergraduate students Alexandra Elder, Linda Nguyen, and Lela Mortezavi presented posters of their work. Well done!

Jorna presenting her work at YCC
Jorna presenting her work at YCC.

February: Undergraduate students Hannah Curran and Jorna Sojati from the Giuliano (Department of Chemistry) and Palenchar (Department of Chemistry and Program in Biochemistry) labs, respectively, in the Department of Chemistry presented posters at the Philadelphia section American Chemical Society’s Younger Chemists Committee 16th Annual Poster Session in Philadelphia at the University of the Sciences. Biochemistry undergraduate Jorna Sojati’s poster took first place in the undergraduate category. Good job!

Anna and Dr. Eggler at SFRBM!

Anna and Dr. Eggler at SFRBM!

November 2015: Dr. Aimee Eggler and Ms. Anna Briker (Biochemistry, 2017), pictured above, traveled to Boston to attend the 2015 Society for Redox Biology and Medicine (SFRBM) and present their work.  Well done!

To our current Biochemistry students:  If you are looking for a research opportunity outside Villanova this summer, remember to keep an eye on our Facebook page.  We will post external program information there as it is received.   Information about Villanova's summer research program will be available early Spring semester!

October 2015  We are always proud of our Biochemistry graduates! The outcomes of our 2015 Biochemistry graduates have been compiled. Every 2015 graduate is employed, in a graduate program, in the military (following ROTC at Villanova), in medical school, or in law school.  See the details here

August 2015  Dr. Elaine Youngman and co-investigators Drs. Dennis Wykoff, James Wilson, and Todd Jackman are the recipients of a National Science Foundation MRI (Major Research Instrumentation) Program grant.   Read more about the funded proposal, Acquisition of an Illumina MiSeq for Education and Research, here.  Congratulations!

August 2015 The Wykoff lab has published their work, “A paralog of the phosphomutase-like gene family in Candida glabrata, CgPmu2, gained broad-range phosphatase activity due to a small number of clustered substitutions” in the Biochemical Journal.   Read more about it here.  Well done!

August 2015  Congratulations to Dr. Janice Knepper, who has recently published a paper entitled, “Recombinant pigment epithelium-derived factor PEDF binds vascular endothelial growth factor receptors 1 and 2” in In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology – Animal, with student co-author Erin Johnston, and former faculty member Mary Kay Francis 

July 2015 Congrats to Dr. Aimee Eggler and her lab on their publication in Toxicology Letters, "Comparison of human Nrf2 antibodies: A tale of two proteins." with student authors Zach Kemmerer (Masters, Chemistry, 2014), Nicholas Ader (BS, Biochemistry and Biology, 2015), and Sarah Mulroy (BS, Biochemistry 2014).  Well done!

July 2015:  Kudos to our recently graduated seniors!   As part of our ASBMB-accredited program, seniors can have their degrees certified through an ASBMB exam.  Our graduating class of 2015 performed above the national average for both earning certified degrees and earning certification with distinction.  Excellent work, Class of 2015!

July 2015:  Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Kraut, the recipent of an NSF RUI grant! The project, entitled the "Effect of Substrate Polyubiquitination on Proteasomal Unfolding Ability," will be funded for the next three years in the amount of $411,380.  Congratulations on this wonderful acheivement!   

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