Department News

At the ripe age of 23, Crystal Vander Zanden is a newly minted CSU Ph.D.

July 7, 2017

Most college students finish their undergraduate degrees around the age of 22. But Crystal Vander Zanden isn’t most students. The 23-year-old Arizona native is leaving Colorado State University a newly minted Ph.D. in biochemistry – the youngest ever from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The soft-spoken, unassuming Vander Zanden defended her Ph.D. thesis […]

Nishimura named 2017 Boettcher Investigator

June 15, 2017

Two Colorado State University biomedical researchers, Erin Osborne Nishimura and Kelly Santangelo, have received Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards from the Boettcher Foundation. Nishimura and Santangelo join seven other top Colorado researchers in this year’s class of Boettcher Investigators, as they are called. Now in its eighth year, the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program honors early-career […]

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CSU Biochemists watch gene expression in real time

May 6, 2016

http://source.colostate.edu/no-longer-lost-in-translation-csu-biochemists-watch-gene-expression-in-real-time/ No longer lost in translation: CSU biochemists watch gene expression in real time 5 May, 2016 by Anne Ju Manning  Most high school students can recite the central dogma of molecular biology: DNA makes RNA makes protein. We all know it. But have we ever seen it? Using their custom microscope, Stasevich et al. […]

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Eric Ross Recognized for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring

April 29, 2016

Eric D. Ross, Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received the College of Natural Sciences Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring Award. The Teaching and Mentoring Awards were established in 1995 to recognize faculty and graduate students that have set a standard of excellence in the teaching and […]

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Three Biochemistry and Molecular Biology faculty members win University-wide awards

April 25, 2016

Celebrate! Colorado State award winners Jennifer Deluca received the Interdisciplinary Scholarship Award, which recognizes either a faculty member or research team whose interdisciplinary scholarship has had a major impact nationally and/or internationally, or who have demonstrated their potential to do so. Aaron Sholders received the Provost’s N. Preston Davis Award for Instructional Innovation. which is presented to […]

Happy 50th, Biochem: Symposium to celebrate department milestone

April 8, 2016

Four years after the Nobel Prize went to the discoverers of DNA’s double helix, Colorado State University founded its Department of Biochemistry (renamed the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1994). Following a half-century of research, teaching and discovery, the department will celebrate its 50th birthday with an anniversary symposium, April 14-15. All events […]

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Joshua Romero receives honorable mention in Goldwater Scholars search

March 31, 2016

Congratulations to Josh Romero, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology senior, who received an honorable mention in this year’s Goldwater Scholars search. The prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 […]

Dr. Norman Curthoys to give emeritus lecture April 14th

March 21, 2016

Dr. Norman Curthoys will give his emeritus lecture titled, Forty-five Shades of Glutaminase, on Thursday, April 14th at 3:00 p.m. in the Cherokee Park Ballroom in the Lory Student Center.

Biochemistry Major, Emily Robitschek, named Truman finalist

March 9, 2016

Biochemistry and Anthropology major, Emily Robitschek, is one of three CSU students chosen to compete as a finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Emily, along with Sarah Bibbey and Elizabeth Hale, is among 195 finalists chosen from 775 nominees from 305 institutions nationwide for their exceptional leadership potential.  http://source.colostate.edu/three-undergraduates-finalists-truman-scholarship/.  

50th Anniversary Symposium

March 3, 2016

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a symposium on April 15, 2016, in Lory 382. Please join us at 7:45 a.m. for coffee and mingling before the symposium begins. Opening remarks from Dean Janice Nerger at 8:15. Register here: http://www.bmb.colostate.edu/50th-anniversary-celebration/.  

Scholarship Deadline March 1, 2016

February 9, 2016

 The 2016-2017 Scholarship Deadline is March 1st at 11:00 p.m. (MST).  More than $10,000 in awards and scholarships were given to undergraduates in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology last year. Click here for links:   2016-2017 Scholarship Information Biochemistry Awards/Scholarships –Undergraduates information about each opportunity can be viewed at: http://www.natsci.colostate.edu/scholarships/ The CSUSA is available online […]

Four BMB Graduate Students Recognized at 2015 GradShow

November 12, 2015

Four BMB graduate students won awards at the Fall 2015 Graduate Student Showcase. Eric Tauchman was recognized as one of ten Honorable Mention Great Minds in Research, sponsored by the Graduate School and the Vice President for Research, and was awarded $100.00. Melissa Ford won one of three Undergraduate Choice awards co-sponsored by the Office for […]

CSU Biochem ranked 8th in the nation by GraduatePrograms.com

November 2, 2015

Colorado State University was ranked as number 8 in the 2015 “Top 25 Biochemistry, Microbiology & Molecular Biology Programs” by GraduatePrograms.com. The rankings are based on surveys of current and recently graduated students from programs across the country, on topics that include Academic Competitiveness, Career Support, Education Quality, and Faculty Accessibility & Support. Rankings may […]

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Institute for Genome Architecture and Function

June 15, 2015

About The Institute for Genome Architecture and Function (IGAF): The Colorado State University Institute for Genome Architecture and Function was established in February 2015. It is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research consortium founded by seven faculty members from the Colleges of Natural Sciences, Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and Engineering, and support from the Catalyst […]

Professor Norman Curthoys retires after 38 years

June 10, 2015

Norman P. Curthoys After 38 years in the professorial ranks, 28 of those years at Colorado State University, Professor Norman P. Curthoys retired at the end of the Spring 2015 academic semester. Norm received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1972. He then completed two years’ of postdoctoral research at Washington University in St. Louis […]

Congratulations 2014-15 Graduates!

Fall 2014 Bachelor’s Degrees: Samantha Buck, Elizabeth Ertle, Laramie Lewis, Connor Hendrich**, Ryan Olson, Zachary Dickerson*; Minor: Christopher Miller Molecular Biology Interdisciplinary Minor: Samantha Buck Spring 2015 Bachelor’s Degrees: Eric Acheff, Taylor Beairsto, Laura Becker, Lindsay Benage**, Erica Ditmanson, Zachary Geroche, Alex Graham, Melissa Gray*, Carey Kilgore, Rachel Miller, Sarah Rivard, Jennifer Skinner, Lydia Tena, […]

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Biochemistry faculty honored and recognized

Tingting Yao was recently promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Professor emeritus Jim Bamburg was awarded CSU’s Experienced Investigator Individual Interdisciplinary Impact Award. Anthony Tu, professor emeritus, received a lifetime Achievement Award from the Toxicology Society of India. The College of Natural Science’s Early Career Excellence in Teaching & Mentoring Award was awarded to BMB […]

Jim Bamburg initiates Neuroscience degree

Although completing his second year as an Emeritus Professor, Jim Bamburg wants you to know that “emeritus” does not necessarily equal “retired.” After working for 10 years to initiate a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience at CSU, Bamburg welcomed the first incoming class of 31 freshmen neuroscience students in the Fall of 2014. The number of […]

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2015 Awards and Scholarships Announced

Professor P. Azari Undergraduate Fellowship: Established by a donation from Dr. Dean and Mrs. Ping Ping Tsao in honor of Dr. Parviz Azari to enhance student research opportunities in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology research laboratories. Awarded to: Jonathan Karr David Fahrney Scholarship: This scholarship was established by David Fahrney to recognize outstanding juniors or seniors […]

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BMB Students Recognized at 2015 CURC Showcase

Several Biochemistry and Molecular Biology students were recognized for their work at the 2015 Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity (CURC) Showcase: Poster with Highest Honors: Dominique Ramirez: Biochemical Approaches to Clarify the Role of K63-Linked Polyubiquitin in the Regulation of Autophagosome Biogenesis; Advisors: Robert Cohen, Tingting Yao & Francesco Scavone Poster with High Honors: Sara […]

Two new faculty members welcomed to BMB

          Tim Stasevich joined the faculty October 1, 2014, as an assistant professor. Tim received his Bachelor of Science with high distinction in physics and mathematics from the University of Michigan. He earned his doctorate in physics from the University of Maryland, College Park. He was a JSOS Postdoctoral Research Fellow […]

Two Biochemistry Majors Named Goldwater Scholars

March 31, 2015

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology majors Emily Robitschek and Matthew Truelove have been named Goldwater Scholars. The prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the […]

Emily Robitschek, BMB major, awarded Sigma Xi research grant

February 9, 2015

Emily Robitschek, an undergraduate major in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, received a Grant-in-Aid from Sigma Xi to conduct research on cancer biology with Dr. T.C. Wu at the John’s Hopkins School of Medicine.  Sigma Xi is an honorary society that promotes scientific research. The society’s Grants-in-Aid program is supported by the National Academy of Sciences, […]

Robert Woody honored by journal Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging

February 2, 2015

Robert Woody, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, was honored with a biography published as an editorial feature in Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging, a multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the publication of basic and applied research that uses spectroscopic and imaging techniques in areas of the life sciences. The biography accompanies an article written by […]

Jim Bamburg awarded Established Individual Interdisciplinary Award

January 28, 2015

Dr. Jim Bamburg, Professor Emeritus, recently received one of four new University awards in Interdisciplinary Scholarship. The Vice President for Research at CSU created the award to recognize either a faculty member or research team whose interdisciplinary scholarship has had a major impact nationally and/or internationally.  Two individual faculty members (one “established” and one “emerging” […]

CSU Biochemistry ranked 6th in Top 25 Programs on GraduatePrograms.com

October 21, 2014

Colorado State University was ranked as number 6 in the 2014 “Top 25 Biochemistry, Microbiology & Molecular Biology Programs” by GraduatePrograms.com. The rankings are based on surveys of current and recently graduated students from programs across the country, on topics that include Academic Competitiveness, Career Support, Education Quality, and Faculty Accessibility & Support. http://www.graduateprograms.com/best-biochemistry-schools/

Stasevich publishes in journal Nature

September 23, 2014

The study by Dr. Timothy Stasevich (new Assistant Professor in BMB) on the effect of histone acetylation on gene expression was published this week in the journal Nature (Stasevich, et al., 2014, Nature, doi:10.1038/nature13714). The work used live cell fluorescence microscopy to demonstrate that adding an acetyl group to a specific amino acid residue of histone H3 increases […]

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Tenure-track position

August 1, 2014

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seeks applicants for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.  We encourage individuals with a strong background in studying DNA-related processes in eukaryotes (e.g. transcription, DNA repair, recombination and replication, cell division, chromosome structure, genomics or epigenetics) to apply. The Department has outstanding research programs […]

P. Shing Ho named Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)

May 7, 2014

P. Shing Ho, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was recently named a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

Crystal Vander Zanden Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Crystal Vander Zanden, graduate assistant and doctoral student in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was awarded the 2014 College of Natural Sciences Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award.

Santiago Di Pietro Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Santiago Di Pietro, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was awarded the 2014 College of Natural Sciences Early Career Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching or Mentoring Award.

Anthony Tu, Professor Emeritus, presented with Lifetime Achievement Award

November 12, 2013

Anthony Tu, Professor Emeritus, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Toxinological Society of India at TSCICON 2013 on Dec. 21, 2013. 

Karolin Luger named 2014 Fellow of the Biophysical Society

November 8, 2013

Karolin Luger, Colorado State University Distinguished Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, was named one of eight Fellows of the Biophysical Society, “for her seminal contributions to the structure-function analysis of chromatin biology,” according to the Biophysical Society’s November 2013 newsletter.  “The award honors the Society’s distinguished members who have demonstrated excellence in science, […]

Karolin Luger National Lecturer at 57th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society

January 23, 2013

  Karolin Luger was the National Lecturer at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society on February 4, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Norm Curthoys Receives Jack E. Cermack Advising Award

April 25, 2012

Dr. Norm Curthoys is one of four recipients of the Jack E. Cermack Advising Award this year. Congratulations! Jack E. Cermack Advising Award – Endowed in 1984 to honor excellence in academic advising, including recognition by students and peers as an outstanding advisor; capacity to offer career as well as academic advising; interpersonal communication skills […]

Colorado State University Scientists Identify Cofilin, a Protein Linked to Alzheimer’s, as Key to Molecular Motors

March 13, 2012

A protein that has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and cancer is at the center of groundbreaking research by a team of Colorado State University scientists. The team found that the protein, called cofilin, regulates the forces that are essential, for example, for cells to migrate around the body. The research appears this week in […]

Check out the 2013 BMB Newsletter

March 2, 2012

Click here for the 2013 Biochemistry Annual Newsletter .

Colorado State University Biochemistry Professor Investigates How Cells Absorb Proteins and Other Materials

January 23, 2012

A Colorado State University biochemist is completing the first year of a $985,000, four-year National Science Foundation grant to study how cells take up materials such as proteins from outside their plasma membranes. The research could lead to better understanding of how nutrients, hormones, cholesterol and some viruses enter cells. Santiago Di Pietro, assistant professor […]

Tingting Yao Named Boettcher Investigator

June 1, 2011

Dr. Tingting Yao is one of five faculty members in the state of Colorado to be selected as Boettcher Investigators for 2011 as part of the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program, which helps recruit, retain and advance scientific talent in Colorado. Dr. Yao is one of two faculty members from CSU to receive this honor, which […]

Jennifer DeLuca Named Monfort Professor

April 26, 2011

Dr. Jennifer DeLuca was selected as one of two Monfort Professors for 2011. The Monfort Professor Award is one of the University’s top honors and was established in 2002 through a gift from the Monfort Family Foundation. Dr. DeLuca will receive $75,000 annually for two years in addition to her regular salary to support her […]

Laurie Stargell Named 2011 CNS Professor Laureate

January 5, 2011

Dr. Laurie Stargell is one of two faculty members in College of Natural Sciences to receive the honor of Professor Laureate for 2011, which is the highest academic title awarded by the College. It is intended to honor faculty who have made outstanding contributions to its mission with work in the areas of research, teaching, […]

P. Shing Ho & Olve Peersen Awarded the Provost’s N. Preston Davis Award

November 5, 2010

Drs. P. Shing Ho and Olve Peersen were awarded the N. Preston Davis Award for Instructional Innovation in 2010-11 for their work in bringing 3-D projection technology to the University. This award is presented to up to two faculty members annually, and is offered in two categories: (1) successful application of technology to enhance learning […]

Drs. Luger, Nyborg and Stargell receive $7.8 million health grant

May 3, 2010

Drs. Karolin Luger, Jennifer Nyborg and Laurie Stargell receive $7.8 million health grant to study how chromosomes unravel to let genes do their jobs. Specifically, the study will investigate how chromosomes untangle to expose genes that dictate cell behavior. This unique project could result in a significant impact on understanding human health. The following article […]

Undergraduate Katy Hooper Benson awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

April 10, 2010

Katy Hooper Benson, a biochemistry and Spanish double major, has been selected as a 2010 recipient of the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for the final one or two years of undergraduate study. The Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to outstanding students who plan to pursue careers […]

Dr. Paul Laybourn receives 2009-2010 Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award

August 5, 2009

The Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award recognizes meritorious and outstanding achievement over a five-year period by full-time members of the academic faculty; established as a tribute to Professor Pennock, who served as a distinguished professor of Civil Engineering in the 1920s. Congratulation, Paul!

Dr. Aaron Sholders receives 2009-2010 Jack E. Cermak Outstanding Advisor Award

The Jack E. Cermak Outstand Advisor Award honors excellence in academic advising, including recognition by students and peers as an outstanding advisor; capacity to offer career as well as academic advising; interpersonal communication skills that lead to beneficial advising relationships; and contributions to the improvement of advising services and/or the appreciation of academic advising throughout […]

Dr. Jennifer G. DeLuca named 2009 PEW Scholar in Biomedical Sciences

June 18, 2009

Dr. Jennifer (Jake) DeLuca, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is one of 17 recipients of the 2009 Pew Scholars Award in the Biomedical Sciences. The award recognizes the most promising scientists in biomedical research each year with a $240,000 grant for 4 years, allowing them to pursue high-risk high potential research that would […]

Department Receives PRSE Renewal

May 5, 2009

BMB has been renewed as a Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence at CSU.

Biochemistry Department Members Reach Out to Local 5th Graders

April 3, 2009

Several members of the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department have been participating in an outreach program with Skyview Elementary fifth graders this year, made possible by contributions from Biochemistry alumnus, Dr. Dean Tsao. The following article was published in a local newspaper: http://www.mywindsornow.com/article/20090403/SCHOOLS/904039995/1040&ParentProfile=1001

Jennifer DeLuca Awarded the Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Award

August 5, 2007

Dr. Jennifer DeLuca was awarded a Basil O’Conner Starter Scholar Award from the March of Dimes. This award is designed to support young scientists embarking on their independent research careers. Dr. DeLuca received this honor for her research proposal, “Achieving Accurate Chromosome Segregation in Mitosis: The Role of the NDC80 Complex at the Kinetochore-Microtubule Interface.” […]

BMB Department Welcomes New Chair

July 5, 2007

The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department welcomes our new Department Chair, Dr. P. Shing Ho. Dr. Ho arrived on July 1st from Oregon State University where he was Chair of Biochemistry and Biophysics. His research area is nucleic acid structure and function and X-ray crystallography.

Dr. Karolin Luger named University Distinguished Professor

January 5, 2007

Those faculty members appointed as University Distinguished Professors have records of performance ranking them among the most outstanding members of their disciplines, as reflected by their research publication, exhibition, artistic performance, or other mode of accomplishments appropriate to their disciplines. Distinguished Professors have received national and international competitive awards, prizes, honors, and/or other forms of […]

BMB acquires Aviv AU-FDS Fluorescence Detection System for the Analytical Ultracentrifuge

January 5, 2006

In January 2006 the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Biomolecular Ultracentrifuge Facility became the fifth facility in the world to obtain an Aviv AU-FDS system (the others are at Cambridge University (UK), the University of Maryland, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and the University of New Hampshire). The new […]

Biochemistry Faculty Karolin Luger named HHMI Investigator

March 21, 2005

Karolin Luger, CSU biomedical scientist has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Dr. Luger is the first in university history to be honored with the prestigious accolade and is the only person in Colorado awarded the prominent distinction this year. Luger, who joined Colorado State in 1999, is one of the world’s foremost […]