BBMB Archives


2016 ASBMB Best Adrienne SmithThematic Poster Award - Adrienne Smith received the $250 award for the best thematic poster as an outstanding research presentation at the 2016 Annual American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology meeting in San Diego held April 2-6, 2016.

The theme of Adrienne's poster was, "Glycoscience in Biology", and titled "Mutagenesis Study to Reveal Important Determinants of XXT2 Catalytic Activity".  It should be noted that this award was not part of the undergraduate competition, but the general poster presentations that included graduate students, postdocs, and PIs.

Micevic Receives Soros Fellowship - From a field of 1,143 applicants, Goran Micevic is one of 30 recipients chosen to receive the 2016 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans -- a fellowship for graduate students that are immigrants or children of immigrants that show potential to make significant contributions to American society, culture, or their academic field.

For details of Goran's story, please go the LAS website:  The Journey Continues.

CALS Student Marshal - Matthew Welter has been selected as the CALS Student Marshal for the Spring 2016 Commencement.  Matthew’s academic achievements as well as his strong commitment to service were the deciding factors for this honor.

The Student Marshal leads the procession of CALS graduates with the Dean of the College and is the first graduate to receive a diploma. The Dean will read a brief citation about Matthew’s accomplishments at ISU at the ceremony.

Goldwater Scholar - Sam ShulteSam Schulte, a senior in Biochemistry, has been selected as a 2016-2017 GOLDWATER SCHOLAR, one of three for the state of Iowa and the only ISU recipient. A very prestigious and competitive award for students “who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue research careers in math, natural sciences or engineering”.

Sam, already a BBMB Linder Scholar and a member of the Honors program, is currently working in the Reuben Peters Laboratory at Iowa State.  His career goals are to obtain a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and continue research to apply biochemistry and computational methods to improve smallholder farm crop systems.

Iowa State University Research Helps Find Root Development Key - Guru Rao, professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, and his research team collaborated with an international group of scientists on the discovery that was presented last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Priyanka Sandal, a graduate student in Rao’s lab, is a joint first author of the paper titled:  PP2A-3 interacts with ACR4 and regulates formative cell division in the Arabidopsis root.

Kristen Johansen named Interim chair for BBMB - Dr. Kristen Johansen has been appointed interim chair of the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology, effective February 15, 2016.  Dr. Johansen will take over the duties of Dr. Guru Rao who accepted the position of Associate Vice President in the office of VP for Research previously held by Chitra Rajan, who left Iowa State in July 2015.

Guru Rao Named Associate Vice President for Research - Guru Rao, Roy J. Carver professor in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology and chair of the department since 2009, has been named Associate Vice President in the office of the Vice President for Research, effective February 15, 2016.

Dr. Rao responsibilties as Associate VP will include working with faculty to obtain federal and industry funding, developing interdisciplinary research teams due to emerging federal priorities, and building relationships with current and prospective research sponsors.

Goran Micevic: From a Bomb Shelter in Belgrade to ISU - Goran Micevic is a 2010 B.S. Biochem graduate and 2009 Goldwater Scholar, and was a featured presenter at the 2015 Stupka Symposium.  These accomplishments are hard-won and well deserved, and should be considered amazing.

Goran's story was recently featured on the LAS website in the alumni section.   Read how Goran's life was changed when he found an ISU professor's textbook on a shelf in a high school library in Belgrade, Serbia.

BBMB Faculty and Staff Receive Awards - ISU faculty and staff recipients of the university's most distinguished awards were honored on Monday, September 21 at a ceremony held in the Memorial Union Great Hall.  The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, as well as Inside Iowa State for Faculty and Staff, have the complete listing of the award winners.