Erin Dolan, the Georgia Athletic Association Professor for innovative science education at the University of Georgia won the 2017 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Watts, second year PhD student in Dr. Michael Terns lab. She has been awarded the NSF-GRFP fellowship.

Research Retreat personnel stand for a photo a Unicoi State Park

2016 BCMB Departmental Retreat was held at Unicoi State Park on Sunday, May 15 - Monday, May 16, 2016. There were 140 people in attendance which included Faculty, Research Staff, Postdocs, Graduate and Undergraduate Students. The retreat consisted of 20 oral presentations and 53 poster presentations.

The department would like to congratulate Dr. Rebecca Terns on her new position at UGA. She will be working on proposal development for UGA in the Office of Research ( .

On behalf of the UGA iGEM team, we would like to thank the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology for your generous sponsorship. Your contributions have enabled our team to place a silver medal in the 2016 iGEM Jamboree for the Measurement track.  It also allowed us to represent the University of Georgia to an international audience. Our outstanding accomplishment wouldn’t have been possible without your help. (Click on heading to continue reading).

Congratulations to Dr. Msano Mandalasi who was recently awarded a Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship from NIH.

Congratulations to Dr. Walter Schmidt who was recently awarded a new NIH R01 grant to study protein isoprenylation pathways.

BMB welcomes two new faculty members: Dr. Maria Belen Cassera from Virginia Tech and Dr. Erin Dolan from The University of Texas at Austin.

Congratulations to Dr. Natarajan Kannan being named Associate Director of Institute of Bioinformatics.

We are happy to announce that the new X-ray generator has gone on-line in the XRDC located in B206 Fred C Davison Life Sciences Bldg. For more information contact John Rose at

Tony Szempruch was selected as a 2016 Kaluza Prize winner.  The Kaluza Prize is given by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) in collaboration with Beckman Coulter Life Sciences to honor academic excellence in graduate student research.  He won this award based on work in Steve Hajduk’s lab in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia. (Click on heading to continue reading).

The award will support the Terns Lab's work to understand the CRISPR-Cas immune systems. The competition for the first of the new NIH Maximizing Investigators' Research Awards was particularly impressive - applications were restricted to groups currently funded with at least 2 NIH awards. 

Dr. Terns has been named to the Genetics Society of America's list of Prominent Women in Genetics

The Terns Lab was featured in a recent article in the University of Georgia Research magazine about the powerful emerging CRISPR-Cas technologies.

Our department recently honored Dr. Lars Ljungdahl at the 2106 Lars G. Ljungdahl Lecture on Friday, March 25, 2016. Our guest speaker was Dr. Volker Mueller from Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt.We were very pleased with the excellent turnout for both the lecture and the receiption.

Dr. Zac Wood receives his Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, UGA’s highest early career teaching award, from Charlie Harman, a trustee of the Richard Russell Foundation, at UGA’s Faculty Recognition Banquet on April 11. Congratulation to Zac Wood on receiving this great honor.

The department is excited to announce that Associate Professor Walter Schmidt was recently honored by SGA at its Professor Recognition Ceremony. He was honored for the instruction and mentorship that he provides that changes lives, and we thank him for his exemplary dedication to our students. Congratulations to Walter Schimdt on receiving this great honor.

The department is excited to announce that Joey Lamattina received the University's 2015 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award!  Only 10% of all graduate teaching assistants at UGA are even eligible to be nominated for this award. We would like to thank Joey for all of the time, thought, energy and support that he has given to teaching and to improving the undergraduate biology laboratory program at UGA. Joey is most deserving of this recognition. Congratulations to Joey Lamattina on receiving this great honor.

The department is excited to announce that associate professor Zac Wood was one of the three UGA faculty members who recently received the university's highest early career teaching honor, the Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. "The recipients of this year's Russell Awards demonstrate how innovative teaching can engage and inspire students", said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, whose office administers the award. (Click on heading to continue reading).

The University of Georgia’s iGEM team won a gold medal and runner up for Best Measurement Project award at the 2015 iGEM Giant Jamboree held September 24-28 at Boston, MA. 280 iGEM teams and more than 2700 attendees from across the globe participated in the 2015 competition. The iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition is an annual international collegiate synthetic biology competition originated by MIT. (Click heading to continue reading).

Congratulations to the following faculty members for their award recognition at the Franklin Faculty Recogntion Dinner held on Thursday, September 24th.

Dr. Art Edison - Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Dr. David Garfinkel - AAAS Fellow
Dr. Robert Haltiwanger - Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Dr. Paula Lemons - Recipient of the Regents' Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award.

Three Honors students and Foundation Fellows - Lauren Dennison, Erin Hollander and Karishma Sriram - received the 2015 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate scholarship in Mathematics, the Natural Sciences and Engineering. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maxiumum of $7,500 per year. These awards bring the University's total of Goldwater Scholars to 49.

Eukaryotic Microbes Club 2015-16


Congratulations to the following graduate students on their impressive achievements and academic excellence! Outstanding work by a long list of exceptional students.

Shaying Zhao has received a five year $1.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to identify colorectal cancer driver genes using a novel dog-human comparative genomics and oncology approach. Congratulations Shaying!

Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Lopes da Rosa-Spiegler (Sabatini lab) on receiving an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship to study epigenetic regulation of RNA polymerase II transcription  in Trypanosoma brucei.

Congratulations to Dr. Yunzhou Wei (Terns lab) on receiving an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship to study the capture of enemy (e.g. virus) sequences by CRISPR-Cas immune systems in bacteria and archaea.

Dr. Erin Dolan, Associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology was selected to receive the “Excellence in Education Award" from the American Society of Plant Biologists.

The Department of Energy has renewed funding for the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) at UGA.  Led by Professor Alan Darvill, the UGA team includes...

A recent paper by Dr. Paula Lemons that was published in CBE - Life Sciences Education was selected as an Editor's Choice in Science.  You can read more here: Science 22 March 2013