Biochemistry

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MANRRS helps groom entrepreneur for life after Purdue

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

“I didn’t want to come to Purdue. I just wanted to get out of the Midwest,” said Brandon Hunter, who grew up in southern Illinois. “I saw myself moving somewhere far away like California, Georgia or Pennsylvania.”

Hunter first heard about the MANRRS-Purdue chapter through Pamala Morris, assistant dean and director of multicultural programs, and Myron McClure, assistant director of student recruitment and retention.

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Study identifies interaction that promotes cancerous state in cells

Monday, February 10th, 2020 University News Story

When the machinery that guides the transition of stem cells to somatic cells doesn’t shut down properly, cells can become cancerous. Identifying the mechanisms that impede those processes would offer scientists a target for cancer research.

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Ancient iron-sulfur-based mechanism monitors electron flow in photosynthesis

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 University News Story

A delicate balance of electrons flowing through the photosynthetic machinery is essential to a plant’s ability to turn sunlight into energy and its survival. Understanding the factors that regulate this balance is key for plant breeders who may want to…

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Purdue scientists develop way to track salmonella infection in real time

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 University News Story

When bacteria like salmonella infect and sicken people, they hijack a person’s cell proteins to develop a defense against an immune response. Understanding how that works and developing methods for defending against these bacteria is difficult because …

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Researcher taking the fight to cancer

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

by Kristen Lansing Christopher Roberts peers into the eyepieces of a microscope and rolls the knobs back and forth until the specimen on the slide becomes perfectly clear. He carefully examines the slide of cancerous cells, looking for any changes that could indicate a breakthrough. “I see the cancerous cells in the zebrafish and plant…

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Borlaug Dialogue fuels students’ passion to make a difference

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  Twelve undergraduates from the College of Agriculture recently attended the 2019 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. Founded in 2001, the Borlaug Dialogue is named after Norman E. Borlaug, the founder of The World Food Prize, Nobel Prize Laureate and father of the “Green Revolution.” This event honors his…

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Kortany Baker

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

KORTANY BAKER “My dream job would be at the CDC, working on the most deadly pathogens. But a big part of me wants to go into academia; I’ve had so many amazing, influential people in my life, I’d like to be that person for others.” — Kortany Baker, PhD student, Department of Biochemistry   THE…

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Map showing gene interactions could lead to new cancer therapies

Monday, September 30th, 2019 University News Story

Nearly 150,000 cancer-related deaths can be attributed annually to Epstein-Barr (EBV) virus, in part because of the lack of effective treatment options.

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Triple major is in a league of his own

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

By Cheyenne Dunn Every morning Alex Angel wakes up at 6 a.m. Before heading out the door for his first class, he thinks about his schedule for the day. Classes all morning. A lab and a meeting with his advisor in the afternoon. Two club meetings in the evening. As busy as he is, he…

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Purdue researchers discover new transportation route for plant volatile compounds

Friday, May 17th, 2019 University News Story

Flowers use volatile compounds called terpenes to communicate with and protect themselves from the outside world. The aromas produced welcome pollinators while warding off pests and disease.

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Ag Class of 2019: Justin Couetil

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Every Purdue student has a story. Each individual brings distinctive experiences, perspectives and skills to the University, and each takes away something different. Commencement is the shared milestone in that process. We’re celebrating the collective achievements of the Class of 2019 by telling the unique stories of some of its outstanding members. Today, meet Justin…

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Ag Class of 2019: Abby Gress

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Every Purdue student has a story. Each individual brings distinctive experiences, perspectives and skills to the University, and each takes away something different. Commencement is the shared milestone in that process. We’re celebrating the collective achievements of the Class of 2019 by telling the unique stories of some of its outstanding members. Today, meet Abby…

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Purdue scientists nail down important plant compound pathway

Thursday, January 24th, 2019 University News Story

Purdue University plant molecular biochemist Natalia Dudareva and colleagues have described a complete second pathway used by plants to produce phenylalanine, a compound important for all living organisms.

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Seed grants advance basic plant biology

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

An innovative seed grant program in its second year is meeting its goal of encouraging collaboration among researchers. Purdue Center for Plant Biology faculty have selected five teams to receive approximately $50,000 each for varied projects aimed at advancing basic plant biology. The award recipients are:  Gyeong Mee Yoon, assistant professor of botany and plant pathology and Dan…

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10 Most Read Stories of 2018

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Purdue celebrates dedication of new animal sciences complex In March, Purdue formally dedicated its new 123,000 square-foot animal sciences complex, boosting the university’s commitment to Indiana’s vital food animal production industry. “These wonderful state-of-the art classrooms, laboratories, and interactive spaces bring together students, faculty, and staff in ways that will foster collaboration, spark new ideas,…

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Study identifies mechanism that allows plants to tolerate salt

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

By Brian Wallheimer Purdue University scientists have discovered a signaling pathway necessary for plant salt tolerance. The findings are important for understanding how plants overcome some environmental stresses. High salt already affects about 20 percent of the world’s arable land, reducing crop yields. By 2050, it’s thought that around half of all crop land will…

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Purdue Swiss cheese proceeds go to a “grate” cause

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

By Emma Ea Ambrose  At 18 years old, Mark Gee decided he wanted to graduate from Purdue with majors in biochemistry, biological engineering and agronomy. Now, as a fifth-year senior at Purdue, he is set to do just that. Growing up in Iowa, Gee was surrounded by farmland and developed an early interest in plants…

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Purdue study to answer when and why some algae turn toxic

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 University News Story

Toxic algae blooms, such as the dramatic red tides that have swept onto beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, are becoming more frequent and destructive around the world. In Texas, one species alone, golden alga, has killed more than 34 million fish since …

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Science on Tap to discuss combating eye diseases in old age

Monday, November 26th, 2018 University News Story

Vikki Weake, a Purdue University professor of biochemistry in the College of Agriculture, will speak at the next installment of Science on Tap, which will focus on plans to scientifically combat the expected increase in age-associated eye diseases over…

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