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Blog for the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biotechnology at UMass Chan Medical School. Check here for updates about the achievements of our trainees, staff and faculty.

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    Taking the STING out of Disease

    Dr. Paul Thompson of the Biochemistry & Molecular Biotechnology department at UMass Chan Medical School recently published a newly discovered inhibitor of STING signaling that could be a promising new treatment option for various diseases including lupus, SAVI, and ALS.

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    How to Have a Successful Career in Biotech

    Wondering how current PhD students and postdocs can prepare to make an impact in the rapidly-changing biotech industry? Check out this article that features interviews with industry experts!

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    Highlighting ALS Research for ALS Awareness Day

    For the Global Day of Recognition of ALS/MND, in which we honor ALS patients and their caretakers around the world, we wanted to feature the work of our own Dr. Zuoshang Xu. Dr. Xu is one of many researchers around the world working tirelessly to develop the first cure for this deadly disease.

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    Graduation 2023!

    Please join us in offering our most sincere congratulations to the BMB Class of 2023! Commencement is happening on June 4th at 10:30am ET. We are so proud of this year’s graduates, and we will miss them greatly! We at the BMB wish you all the luck and happiness in the world as you continue on in your careers and lives.

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    2023 Women's Faculty Committee Awards

    Join us in congratulating the Biochemistry & Molecular Biotechnology faculty whose accomplishments were honored at the 2023 Women's Faculty Committee Awards at UMass Chan Medical School.

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    Happy Mother's Day from the BMB!

    Celebrate Mother's Day with us by learning about how the nutrients and other molecules in the oocyte help kick-start embryonic development!

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    2023 Educational Recognition Awards

    The Educational Recognition Awards are an annual tradition at UMass Chan that celebrates “the dedication, passion and creativity of faculty.” Recipients are nominated and chosen by their fellow faculty, and students also help determine the awardees each year. We are honored to have three of the awardees this year be from the BMB department. To celebrate their achievements, we conducted brief interviews of each of our 2023 awardees.

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    Donor Conception Awareness Day

    Celebrate Donor Conception Awareness Day with the Biochemistry & Molecular Biotechnology department by learning about how an overlooked part of the male reproductive tract controls sperm development through RNA.

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    St. Patrick's Day, Snakes and biochemiStry!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day! Join us to learn about the biochemistry of snake venoms, and how they might be used to treat a variety of human diseases!

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  • from Paul Thompson's lab, Structure of the Peptidyl arginine deiminase (PAD) 2 that catalyze the conversion of arginine residues to citrulline residues on target proteins in the presence of calcium ions.

    BMB highlights research on PAD enzymes for Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month

    For Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month, we are featuring the work of Dr. Paul Thompson in our department. The goal of his research is to develop drugs to inhibit a family of proteins called PAD's that play a major role in the pathology of many different autoimmune diseases.

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