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The department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics is committed to understanding the molecular mechanisms of metabolic diseases and cancer; developing novel strategies in biocatalysis and biotechnology; and advancing knowledge through structural biology and molecular biophysics. Please enjoy a collection of news, features and opportunities for and about BMBB.

UMN Researchers Provide Molecular Portraits of a New Cancer Drug Target

Unprecedented images of cancer genome-mutating enzymes acting on DNA provide vital clues into how the enzymes work to promote tumor evolution and drive poor disease outcomes. These images, revealed by University of Minnesota researchers, provide the first ever high-resolution pictures of molecular complexes formed between DNA and the human APOBEC3A and APOBEC3B enzymes.

The research is published today online in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology.

Not Business as Usual

Meet a few of the College of Biological Sciences faculty using their biology expertise to develop commercial solutions to environmental, health and education needs.
 

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University Announces Grand Challenges Grants

CBS faculty among the recipients of the new interdisciplinary research grants

The first round of University of Minnesota Grand Challenges Research grants, totaling $3.6 million, were awarded to 29 teams of faculty from across the Twin Cities campus. The research collaborations address the University's five interrelated Grand Challenges areas of special focus, with one integrative initiative spanning multiple areas. Areas of focus include:

QTL Engineering Workshop

September 18-20, 2016

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The Voytas Lab at the University of Minnesota will be holding a QTL Engineering Workshop September 18-20, 2016. We are seeking interested participants for this exciting event and thought that some CBS faculty/staff may be interested -specifically those in the PBIO/EEB community.

Cycling Toward a Solution

CBS faculty Michael Smanski meets with cyclists participating in a cross-country ride to raise awareness and raise money for cancer research.
 
Michael Smanski with riders from Illini 4000

 

A Penchant for Patterns

Tim Griffin and colleagues are developing a “multiomic” platform to help cancer researchers identify meaningful mutations.
 
Tim Griffin
 

When things go right, protein production within cells operates like a well-oiled machine.