News : 2013

Michal Toborek, M.D., Ph.D., standing, with Minseon Park, Ph.D.

Researchers Discover Potential Target of Methamphetamine Brain Disruption

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant associated with serious health and psychiatric conditions, as well as the transmission of infectious diseases. A group of MIller School researchers has uncovered a method to prevent one of the drug’s primary effects on the brain.

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From left are Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D., Dasmanthie De Silva, Ph.D. candidate, and Flavia Fontanesi, Ph.D.

A DEAD-Box Protein Functions in the Assembly of the Mitochondrial Ribosome

Proteins in a cell are universally synthesized by ribosomes. Mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell, contain their own ribosomes, which specialize in synthesizing a handful of proteins (8 in yeast, 13 in human cells). These proteins are required for the generation of chemical energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) by the process of oxidative phosphorylation.

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William M. Awad Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

Physician-Scientist William M. Awad, Jr., Passes Away After Nearly a Half Century of Service

William M. Awad, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., a beloved physician-scientist whose kindness, intellect and longtime service to the University and the Division of Hematology/Oncology left an indelible mark on generations of colleagues, students and cancer patients, passed away in hospice care on September 6, nearly a half century after joining the Miller School faculty and helping scores of Ph.D.s become medical doctors. He was 85.

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The founders of the University's unique Industrial Ph.D. program are, from left, Sapna Deo, Ph.D., Zafar Nawaz, Ph.D., and Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Launches First Online Industrial Ph.D. Degree

Leading the University of Miami into the next frontier of education, the Miller School’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has established a unique degree program that will enable industry and government scientists to remain on the job – and in their labs – while earning a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Industrial Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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Five of the study co-authors are, from left, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., Victor Andreev, Ph.D., Trajen Head, and Sapna Deo, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Develop Model to Predict and Reduce Sudden Cardiac Deaths

A multidisciplinary team of University of Miami researchers has developed a novel prediction model for sudden cardiac death that has the potential to substantially reduce the number of people who abruptly lose consciousness and die shortly after experiencing acute symptoms of cardiovascular disease.

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From left are Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.; Margaret Fischl, M.D.; UM President Donna E. Shalala; Rhonwyn Ullmann, wife of Steven G. Ullmann, Ph.D.; Richard S. Myers, Ph.D.; Richard L. Williamson, Chair of the Faculty Senate; and Eugene W. Anderson, Dean of the School of Business Administration.

Drs. Margaret Fischl and Richard Myers Receive Faculty Senate Awards

On April 10, UM’s Faculty Senate recognized Margaret Fischl, M.D., for her lifelong pursuit in understanding, treating and searching for a cure to AIDS, bestowing upon her the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. Richard S. Myers, Ph.D., lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received the Outstanding Teaching Award.

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Margaret Fischl, M.D., and Richard Myers, Ph.D.

Two Miller School Faculty Members to Receive Faculty Senate Awards

Two Miller School faculty members have been chosen to receive two of the three annual awards the Faculty Senate bestows to recognize exceptional efforts in three key areas of academia – scholarly achievement, teaching and service.

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From left are symposium directors Angelo Azzi, M.D., Ph.D., past president of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

2013 Miami Winter Symposium Focuses on Metabolism and Nutrition

More than 200 biochemists and molecular biologists from around the world, many of them luminaries in the growing field of metabolism and nutrition research, are gathered in Miami this week for the 46th annual Miami Winter Symposium to explore the interaction of nutrition, genetics, epigenetics and human health.

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Walter A. Scott, Ph.D.

Extraordinary Scientist Walter Scott, Ph.D., Passes Away

Walter A. Scott, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, who advanced the understanding of HIV/AIDS replication and resistance and nurtured generations of students and colleagues, passed away January 28 after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. Just days shy of his 70th birthday, he leaves legions of admirers who remember him as much for his patience, wisdom and humor as his seminal discoveries in the laboratory.

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