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Science and Baking

When not teaching biochem, Shari Freyermuth is making scones

It’s a special treat when Shari Freyermuth, associate teaching professor of Biochemistry and CAFNR assistant dean for academic programs, brings her homemade scones to the Dean’s office for a celebration or birthday.  Even people who don’t like scones, which in the hands of a lesser baker can be chalky and hard, rave about Freyermuth’s flaky and moist quick bread that originated in Scotland.…

Copper and Menkes

Biochemistry team discovers trigger to an often fatal disease

A team of Biochemistry researchers at the University of Missouri has published the first scientific evidence that the gene ATP7A is essential for the dietary absorption of the critical nutrient copper. This research explains why children with Menkes disease, who are born lacking this gene, develop a severe copper deficiency.

Brain-In-A-Box

Innovative program puts fun in learning about health care

The Show-Me-in-a-Box initiative is a just-started project by the University of Missouri to acquaint Missouri K-12 students with medical science concepts and career opportunities through a fun curriculum.

Breaking HIV’s Resistance

Doctors can improve treatment programs using new knowledge

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can contain dozens of different mutations, called polymorphisms. In a recent study an international team of researchers, including University of Missouri scientists, found that one of those mutations, called 172K, made certain forms of the virus more susceptible to treatment.

Two of Four

Hazelbauer and Jones named 2012 Curators' Professors

The University of Missouri Board of Curators this week named Jerry Hazelbauer, Biochemistry Professor, Chair (School of Medicine) and Division Director (College of Agriculture, Foods and Natural Resources and Natural Resources), and Jack Jones, the J. Michael Dunmire Professor and department chair in Fisheries and Wildlife, as Curators’ Professors – the University’s highest and most prestigious rank. The appointment recognizes…

Pew Scholar

Peter Cornish receives a large grant to fund research project

Peter Cornish, assistant professor of biochemistry and University of Missouri Informatics Institute core faculty, was selected as Pew Scholar in recognition for his recent research project, “Investigation of RNA Unwinding and Ribosomal Frameshifting.” Cornish’s project focuses on how viruses disrupt the function of ribosomes, large molecules in the body that create proteins and are responsible for many bodily functions. This…

Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Peter Cornish receives a large grant to fund research project

Peter Cornish, assistant professor of biochemistry and University of Missouri Informatics Institute core faculty, received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award in recognition for his recent research project, “Investigation of RNA Unwinding and Ribosomal Frameshifting.” Cornish’s project focuses on how viruses disrupt the function of ribosomes, large molecules in the body that create proteins and are responsible for many…

A Communication Distinction

RNA Society Honors Brenda Peculis for Newsletter

Brenda Peculis, associate professor of Biochemistry and director of graduate education, won the 2012 Outstanding Service Award from the RNA Society. She was recognized for her starting and editing the society’s newsletter.

Student and Faculty Members Honored at Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

CAFNR was well represented at the 2012 Chancellor’s Excellence Awards ceremony. Jillian Yoder and Scott Brown were honored with the Chancellor’s Award. William Folk and Sheila Grant were both presented the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum. The annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum showcases student research and scholarly and creative achievements…

A Presidential Honor 2

Grace Sun recognized for sustained excellence

Grace Sun, professor of biochemistry, was awarded the 2012 University of Missouri System President’s Award for Sustained Excellence.