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Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry

NC State student Serene Ahmad

May 8, 2018

Outstanding CALS Grad: Serene Ahmad

Serene Ahmad jokes that “senioritis” has set in full-force. It’s no wonder the accomplished student is ready for a break – her NC State career is packed with scholarly achievements and extracurricular activities. 

Biochemistry Ph.D. student Gabriela Schroder works at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Mar 13, 2018

Student Spotlight: “I Enjoy the Challenge of Solving Problems”

Biochemistry Ph.D. student Gabriela Schroder conducts cutting-edge protein research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory – the experience of a lifetime, she says – that has implications for drug development and human health. 

NC State Biochemistry Department Head Melanie Simpson

Feb 21, 2018

Faculty Focus: Cancer Researcher Aims to Alleviate Suffering

Melanie Simpson, head of the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, is internationally recognized for her research on mechanisms of prostate cancer progression and metastasis. But it’s her determination and passion for her work that continue to move her research forward. 

NC State CALS alumnus Jim Noah sitting at his desk

Feb 6, 2018

AgPack Strong: Pursuing a “Career of Exciting Research”

After a career in the military, Jim Noah found his home as a Ph.D. student at NC State. During that time, the self-described lifelong learner became passionate about biochemistry. 

Students in biochemistry lab with Dr. Trino Ascencio-Ibanez, one of the co-principal investigators at NC State working on the cassava mosaic disease project.

Feb 2, 2018

Faculty Focus: Fighting to Save Cassava

Trino Ascencio-Ibanez and his colleagues are hard at work – with the help of two major grants – protecting the food supply for an entire continent. 

NC State grad student Brad O'Dell

Dec 15, 2017

Outstanding December Graduate: William Brad O’Dell

The first in his family to earn a college degree (and a Ph.D.), Brad O'Dell is an accomplished scientist who has big goals for his future. 

Competitors onstage during NC State's Three-Minute Thesis competition

Oct 5, 2017

CALS Grad Students Among “Three Minute Thesis” Finalists

Two CALS graduate students are among 10 finalists who will compete in the Graduate School’s third annual Three Minute Thesis competition on Oct. 31 at the Hunt Library. Come cheer them on! 

Dr. Jose “Trino” Ascencio-Ibanez with collaborators in a field in Mexico

Aug 16, 2017

Exploratory Trip to Mexico Furthers Cassava Project

Trino Ascencio-Ibanez of the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry forged collaborations and made significant headway in Mexico on a Gates Foundation-funded project that tackles cassava mosaic disease. 

Jul 7, 2017

‘On Your Mark, Get Set’: Neutrons Run Enzyme’s Reactivity for Better Biofuel Production

Researchers from NC State and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have used a combination of X-ray and neutron crystallography to determine the detailed atomic structure of a specialized fungal enzyme. Their findings could lead to improved computational models that will further guide industrial applications for cleaner forms of energy. 

May 26, 2017

$1 Million NSF Grant Launches Unique Master’s Program at NC State

A $1 million National Science Foundation grant will enable the college to create a new interdisciplinary master’s program for students from underrepresented groups.