Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology News

Science Forum: Elena Shpak to Shine Light on GMOs

Elena Shpak, associate professor of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology, will present “The Truth About Genetically Modified Organisms” at this week’s Science Forum, set for noon Friday, February 17.

In Memoriam: Jeffrey MacCabe

Jeffrey MacCabe, a longtime faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology, passed away December 29. He was 73. A memorial service will be held for MacCabe at 1 p.m. Saturday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 6900 Kingston Pike.

In Memoriam: Kenneth Monty

Kenneth James Monty, founding head of the Department of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology, passed away May 23. He was 85.

Titan Supercomputer Probes Depths of Biofuel’s Biggest Barrier

Ask a biofuel researcher to name the single greatest technical barrier to cost-effective ethanol, and you’re likely to receive a one-word response: lignin. To better understand exactly how lignin persists, researchers ORNL created one of the largest biomolecular simulations to date using the Titan supercomputer to track and analyze millions of atoms. The research was led by Jeremy Smith, UT Governor’s Chair based in the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology.

Alumnus on Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Health Care

Forbes magazine has named a UT alumnus to its annual “30 Under 30” list of young people making big strides in their chosen field. Neel Madhukar, a 2013 alumnus in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology, and research partner Kaitlyn Gayvert were recognized for their work using algorithms to learn about cancer genomes.