biochemistry and molecular biology

Researchers identify gene to improve plant yield, growth for biofuels

Posted 1 week 1 day ago
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A research team led by professor of biochemistry and molecular biology Debra Mohnen has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted to biofuels:

Due to the composition of plant cell walls, plant material is not efficiently broken down or deconstructed to the basic sugars that are converted to biofuels.

In a paper published today in Nature Biotechnology, the researchers report that reducing the activity of a specific gene called GAUT4 leads to lower levels of pectin, a...

Amazing Student: Stephan George

Posted 1 month 1 week ago
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Triple Franklin major Stephan George (B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; B.S. Genetics; B.S. Biology) is committed to making a difference for people with disabilities:

I am currently conducting a research project in the Wells laboratory at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center. I am investigating the role that seven mutations in a gene called O-GlcNAc Transferase play in the development of intellectual disability. I also recently began a project studying the role of the sugar GlcNAc in satiety signaling via the leptin response pathway.

University highlights,...

Drug Discovery Core laboratory

Posted 3 months 1 week ago
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The College of Pharmacy is home to a new campus-wide collaborative facility designed to hasten the development of therapeutic drugs for a number of major diseases, the Drug Discovery Core laboratory:

A survey distributed to UGA researchers in 2016 identified chemical screening and toxicity profiling as the most critical needs for enhancing drug discovery research at UGA, and the DDC will address many of those needs for faculty working in infectious disease, regenerative medicine, cancer biology and other human health-focused disciplines.

Phase one of the new lab will allow...

Kudos, September 2017

Posted 4 months 4 weeks ago
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Franklin College faculty and students continue to push the University of Georgia forward in every way. A sample of notable accomplishments during September:

The Georgia Debate Union kicked off its 2017-2018 season by having three teams earn top 5 finishes in across multiple divisions at the Georgia State University debate tournament held on September 16-18.  Over 150 intercollegiate debate teams from around the country competed over the weekend in Atlanta. 

The junior varsity team of Andrew Gollner (first year from Cherokee County) and Josh Weintraub (first year from Johns...

CUREnet will expand undergraduate research experiences

Posted 5 months 1 week ago
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Despite a nationwide emphasis on increasing the number of students entering science, technology, engineering and math fields, many leave the disciplines within their first two years. Now a group of institutions led by the University of Georgia will spearhead a new phase of development of a national network to support integration of research experiences into undergraduate life science lab courses.

The network, called "Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences Network," or CUREnet, was established to broaden the availability of research opportunities for students across the U.S...

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