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Spring 2023 Newsletter

Welcome to the relaunched BMB newsletter!  In this issue you will hear from the Department Chair, Matthew Gentry, PhD, meet our new faculty, read about recent awards and events, and so much more! Don’t forget to subscribe to see the next newsletter in your inbox!…

Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award

Congratulations to Robert McKenna, PhD, for receiving the 2022-2023 the Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award! The UF Graduate School’s annual Faculty Doctoral Mentoring Award encourages and rewards excellence, innovation and effectiveness in mentoring doctoral and Master of Fine Arts students through their final dissertation or fine arts thesis project. Nominations…

2023 Medical Guild Research Symposium

Congratulations to Mario Chang for being a Silver Award Winner at the 2023 Medical Guild Research Symposium! Mentor: Matthew Merritt, PhDTopic: “Assessing Chemotherapeutic Efficacy In Vivo Using Deuterium Metabolic Imaging”…

The Foundation for Discovery

Department of biochemistry and molecular biology provides road map for research in molecular life sciences…

Alumni Spotlight: Joeva Barrow

Dr. Joeva Barrow, a 2013 graduate of Dr. Jörg Bungert's labratory, is an assistant professor of Molecular Nutrition and Biochemistry at Cornell University and her research program centers around mitochondrial biology with a specific focus on mitochondrial disease and associated metabolic disorders such as obesity.

Alumni Spotlight: Mayank Aggarwal

Dr. Mayank Aggarwal, a 2013 BMB graduate of Dr. Rob McKenna’s lab, is now a product manager and application scientist at Formulatrix, Inc. where he manages the development of two software systems, Rock Maker and Rock Imager.

Alumni Spotlight: Farzaneh Tondnevis

Dr. Farzaneh Tondnevis is a 2015 UF Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate of Dr. Linda Bloom and Dr. Rob McKenna’s labs where her primary research focused on the structural, biochemical and biophysical analysis of replication proteins.

Alumni Spotlight: Barrie P. Bode

Dr. Barrie P. Bode, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University, graduated in 1991 from Dr. Mike Kilberg’s lab where his research focused on the mechanism by which amino acids rapidly activate the major glutamine transport system in the liver.

Alumni Spotlight: Michelle Gumz

Dr. Michelle Gumz, 2004 alumni of Dr. Brian Cain's lab, is currently a tenure track Assistant Professor of Medicine at UF, in the Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Renal Transplantation. Dr. Gumz has a joint appointment in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department!

Alumni Spotlight: Bala Venkatakrishnan

A graduate from Drs. Mavis and Robert McKenna's lab in 2012, Bala now works at Syngene International Limited, a contract research organization in Bangalore, India as a principal investigator focusing on protein purification, characterization and structure determination.