Post date: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 12:19pm

Dr. Belen Cassera, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and her research for new antimalarial medication from natural plant sources is the subject of this week’s CTEGD’s blog post “The Cure for Malaria Could be in Your Backyard.”  Please follow this link: for an interesting and informative article.

Post date: Friday, September 15, 2017 - 11:38am

Congratulations to Michael Adams and his collaborator Bob Kelly at NC State. On behalf of the Officers of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the Committee on Awards, and the American Academy of Microbiology, they have both been selected to receive the 2018 DuPont Industrial Biosciences Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Once again, congratulations on receiving this singular honor! It is a direct indication of the regard in which your microbiology colleagues hold you.

Post date: Monday, April 24, 2017 - 11:56am

On April 13, 2017, BUS (Biochemistry Undergraduate Society) hosted its second symposium.  This was a student organized and run event that was a huge success again this year.  Thanks to all those that came to see the posters, hear the talks and help judge for the awards.  Congratulations to this years winners:
1st Place Poster: Jessica Ho, Wells Lab
2nd Place Poster: Nikita Vantsev, Terns Lab
1st Place Oral: Ellen Grace Krall, Garfinkel Lab
2nd Place Oral: Erin Hollander, Terns Lab

Post date: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 10:15am

Erin Dolan, the Georgia Athletic Association Professor for innovative science education at the University of Georgia won the 2017 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education.

Post date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 11:38am

Congratulations to Elizabeth Watts, second year PhD student in Dr. Michael Terns lab. She has been awarded the NSF-GRFP fellowship.

Post date: Monday, January 23, 2017 - 11:07am

The department would like to congratulate Dr. Rebecca Terns on her new position at UGA. She will be working on proposal development for UGA in the Office of Research ( .

Post date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 8:58am

On behalf of the UGA iGEM team, we would like to thank the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology for your generous sponsorship. Your contributions have enabled our team to place a silver medal in the 2016 iGEM Jamboree for the Measurement track.  It also allowed us to represent the University of Georgia to an international audience. Our outstanding accomplishment wouldn’t have been possible without your help. (Click on heading to continue reading).

Post date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 4:06pm

Congratulations to Lance Wells. He was presented with the ASBMB/MCP Lectureship at the Society for Glycobiology Meeting in New Orleans, LA November 21st, 2016. Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, an official publication of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, introduced its sponsored lectureship series as part of its 10th anniversary celebration in 2011. Each lecturer is a leader in the field of proteomics and the lectureships are given at germane meetings and symposia throughout the year. Lance is one of the only two scientists in 2016 presented with this prestigious award.

Post date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 9:36am

Congratulations to Dr. Msano Mandalasi who was recently awarded a Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship from NIH.

Post date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 9:39am

Congratulations to Dr. Walter Schmidt who was recently awarded a new NIH R01 grant to study protein isoprenylation pathways.

Post date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 10:22am

BMB welcomes two new faculty members: Dr. Maria Belen Cassera from Virginia Tech and Dr. Erin Dolan from The University of Texas at Austin.

Post date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 10:45am

Congratulations to Dr. Natarajan Kannan being named Associate Director of Institute of Bioinformatics.

Post date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 11:00am

We are happy to announce that the new X-ray generator has gone on-line in the XRDC located in B206 Fred C Davison Life Sciences Bldg. For more information contact John Rose at

Post date: Friday, October 7, 2016 - 9:07am

Tony Szempruch was selected as a 2016 Kaluza Prize winner.  The Kaluza Prize is given by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) in collaboration with Beckman Coulter Life Sciences to honor academic excellence in graduate student research.  He won this award based on work in Steve Hajduk’s lab in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia. (Click on heading to continue reading).

Post date: Monday, July 11, 2016 - 2:37pm

The Terns Lab was featured in a recent article in the University of Georgia Research magazine about the powerful emerging CRISPR-Cas technologies.

Post date: Monday, July 11, 2016 - 2:36pm

The award will support the Terns Lab's work to understand the CRISPR-Cas immune systems. The competition for the first of the new NIH Maximizing Investigators' Research Awards was particularly impressive - applications were restricted to groups currently funded with at least 2 NIH awards. 

Post date: Monday, July 11, 2016 - 2:36pm

Dr. Terns has been named to the Genetics Society of America's list of Prominent Women in Genetics

Post date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 11:10am

Our department recently honored Dr. Lars Ljungdahl at the 2106 Lars G. Ljungdahl Lecture on Friday, March 25, 2016. Our guest speaker was Dr. Volker Mueller from Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt.We were very pleased with the excellent turnout for both the lecture and the receiption.

Post date: Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 2:48pm
Research Retreat personnel stand for a photo a Unicoi State Park

2016 BCMB Departmental Retreat was held at Unicoi State Park on Sunday, May 15 - Monday, May 16, 2016. There were 140 people in attendance which included Faculty, Research Staff, Postdocs, Graduate and Undergraduate Students. The retreat consisted of 20 oral presentations and 53 poster presentations.

Post date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 11:20am

The department is excited to announce that Associate Professor Walter Schmidt was recently honored by SGA at its Professor Recognition Ceremony. He was honored for the instruction and mentorship that he provides that changes lives, and we thank him for his exemplary dedication to our students. Congratulations to Walter Schimdt on receiving this great honor.

Post date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 11:26am

The department is excited to announce that Joey Lamattina received the University's 2015 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award!  Only 10% of all graduate teaching assistants at UGA are even eligible to be nominated for this award. We would like to thank Joey for all of the time, thought, energy and support that he has given to teaching and to improving the undergraduate biology laboratory program at UGA. Joey is most deserving of this recognition. Congratulations to Joey Lamattina on receiving this great honor.

Post date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 11:30am

Dr. Zac Wood receives his Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, UGA’s highest early career teaching award, from Charlie Harman, a trustee of the Richard Russell Foundation, at UGA’s Faculty Recognition Banquet on April 11. Congratulation to Zac Wood on receiving this great honor.

Post date: Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 12:23pm

The department is excited to announce that associate professor Zac Wood was one of the three UGA faculty members who recently received the university's highest early career teaching honor, the Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. "The recipients of this year's Russell Awards demonstrate how innovative teaching can engage and inspire students", said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, whose office administers the award. (Click on heading to continue reading).

Post date: Friday, October 9, 2015 - 10:24am

The University of Georgia’s iGEM team won a gold medal and runner up for Best Measurement Project award at the 2015 iGEM Giant Jamboree held September 24-28 at Boston, MA. 280 iGEM teams and more than 2700 attendees from across the globe participated in the 2015 competition. The iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition is an annual international collegiate synthetic biology competition originated by MIT. (Click heading to continue reading).

Post date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 1:23pm

Congratulations to the following faculty members for their award recognition at the Franklin Faculty Recogntion Dinner held on Thursday, September 24th.

Dr. Art Edison - Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Dr. David Garfinkel - AAAS Fellow
Dr. Robert Haltiwanger - Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Dr. Paula Lemons - Recipient of the Regents' Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award.

Post date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 4:06pm

Three Honors students and Foundation Fellows - Lauren Dennison, Erin Hollander and Karishma Sriram - received the 2015 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate scholarship in Mathematics, the Natural Sciences and Engineering. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maxiumum of $7,500 per year. These awards bring the University's total of Goldwater Scholars to 49.

Post date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 12:12pm

Eukaryotic Microbes Club 2015-16


Post date: Friday, December 12, 2014 - 2:38pm

Congratulations to the following graduate students on their impressive achievements and academic excellence! Outstanding work by a long list of exceptional students.

Post date: Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 3:55pm

Shaying Zhao has received a five year $1.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to identify colorectal cancer driver genes using a novel dog-human comparative genomics and oncology approach. Congratulations Shaying!

Post date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 5:03pm

Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Lopes da Rosa-Spiegler (Sabatini lab) on receiving an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship to study epigenetic regulation of RNA polymerase II transcription  in Trypanosoma brucei.