Sabrina Spencer

Biochemist wins top award for study of cellular proliferation

Oct. 5, 2018

NIH’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program to fund Sabrina Spencer’s CU Boulder research that could shed light on cancer treatment Scientists do not fully understand how cells choose between proliferation and quiescence (a state of non-proliferation) but a University of Colorado Boulder biochemist’s novel proposal to study the issue has won...

Board of Regents

Regents approve the split of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry into separate departments

June 25, 2018

The board voted by consent agenda to split the CU Boulder Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry into two independent departments: the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biochemistry.

Natalie Ahn (left) and Karolin Luger (right)

National Academy of Sciences inducts 2 CU Boulder professors

May 10, 2018

Pioneering biochemists Natalie Ahn and Karolin Luger have been inducted into the National Academy of Sciences, an honor that recognizes "distinguished and continuing achievements in original research." Membership in the prestigious organization is widely considered to be one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive.

Professor Marvin Caruthers

2 CU Boulder faculty named 2017 National Academy of Inventors fellows

Jan. 9, 2018

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) named two CU Boulder faculty members to its class of fellows for 2017. Distinguished Professor Marvin Caruthers of CU Boulder’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was honored for his pioneering contributions to the chemical synthesis of DNA and RNA, making it possible to decode and encode genes and genomes.


Microbe may explain evolutionary origins of DNA folding

Aug. 11, 2017

In the cells of palm trees, humans, and some single-celled microorganisms, DNA gets bent the same way. Now, by studying the 3-D structure of proteins bound to DNA in microbes called Archaea, CU Boulder and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers have turned up surprising similarities to DNA packing in more complicated organisms.

Natalie Ahn

Distinguished biochemist elected president of national society

July 18, 2017

Ahn, a professor of distinction in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder, was elected president of The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology last year and began her term as president-elect in July.


Biochemist, philosopher join American Academy of Arts and Sciences

July 18, 2017

CU Boulder philosopher Alison Jaggar and biochemist Karolin Luger are among 228 new members of the academy, which includes some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, business people and philanthropic leaders, the academy said in a statement.

Sabrina Spencer

Some mother cells kick DNA damage 'down the road' to offspring

June 7, 2017

A new University of Colorado Boulder study has shown that some dividing human cells are “kicking the can down the road,” passing on low-level DNA damage to offspring, causing daughter cells to pause in a quiescent, or dormant, state previously thought to be random in origin.

Thomas Cech

Nobel laureate Tom Cech wins 2017 Hazel Barnes Prize

March 27, 2017

University of Colorado Boulder Distinguished Professor Tom Cech, Colorado’s first Nobel Prize winner, has been named the 2017 Hazel Barnes Prize winner – the most distinguished award a faculty member can receive from the university.