Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology News

Chancellor Recognizes Powe Awardees Jagadamma, McCord

UT’s Sindhu Jagadamma and Rachel Patton McCord are recipients of the 2017 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). Chancellor Beverly Davenport recently presented plaques to Jagadamma, assistant professor of biosystems engineering and soil science, and McCord, assistant professor of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology, in recognition of the honor.

Gizmodo Features Das in Story About the Powerhouse of the Cell

Gizmodo recently had a story examining how mitochondria — the powerhouse of the cell — might be a little more powerful and hotter than once thought. The story is based on a new, but not yet peer-reviewed, study conducted by an international team of scientists–including UT’s Maitreyi Das.

Knoxville News Sentinel: UT Experts Believe Syria Events Call for More Research

The Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons in attacks on its own people is raising questions in the research community about the need to counteract such activity, according to two experts at the University of Tennessee. The Knoxville News Sentinel recently interviewed Jeremy Smith, a governor’s chair researcher at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the director of the UT/ORNL Center for Molecular Biophysics, and Howard Hall, also a governor’s chair and director of the Institute for Nuclear Security at UT. Both experts expressed a need for more research on counteracting these chemical weapons.

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.