News & Events



Congratulations to Dr. Hua Lu, recipient of a Ladies Leukemia League grant, Targeting GRP78 by PNIN as a potential and Novel Leukemia/lymphoma Therapy.

Congratulations to Wimley Lab postdoctoral fellow Jing He, who recently won two competitive travel awards:
1)    An award for the Experimental Biology 2015 meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2015, where he presented his influenza work (Award: $1,000).
2)    An award for the Texas Protein Folding and Function meeting, April 2015 at which he has also been invited to speak (award: All conference costs, including attendance, room and meals).


Synergy Event highlights Department’s accomplishments 

The Annual Academic Synergy Event (AAS) was held on Thursday, December 18th, in Room 6301 of the SOM.  Chair Dr. Hua Lu gave a presentation on the department’s accomplishments in 2014 and discussed goals for 2015.  Certificates of Achievement were presented to members of the Department in three categories:  Outstanding services offered by a member of the administrative staff, Kristy Askam Catlin; best research paper contributed by a postdoc or junior non-faculty research scientist in the department, Yiwei Zhang; and best research paper contributed by a graduate student in the department, Erin Henninger.  Following the meeting attendees enjoyed a reception to close the event.


Departmental Retreat brings out the competitive edge in faculty, staff and students      

This first departmental retreat was held in the second-floor conference room at the English Turn Golf and Country Club, with lunch, dinner and the Olympiad held in the ballroom.  Faculty, students and postdocs of the department presented lectures throughout the day and keynote speaker Dr. Samuel Landry presented a talk on “Bio-extremity of Ultrarunning”.    

Extracurricular activities included golf, volleyball and the first “Biochemistry Olympiad”, in which department members competed in a variety of lab-based games of skill.  The Lu Lab team won the event, taking home a specially created trophy, designed and executed by Dr. Jeffrey Han. 
Organizing the event were faculty members Drs. Heather Machado and Jeffrey Han and the department would like to thank the following graduate student volunteers: Emily Carron, Taylor Fuselier, Erin Henninger, Karl Hodel, Grace Jairo, Berkley Kauffman, Wenjun Liao, Blake Rust and Courtney Standlee.  Wenjun Liao also designed the event logo, which was used on shirts.


A special welcome to our 2014-2015 Masters Students

Masters Orientation Session 2014On Thursday, August 21st, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology welcomed new Master's program students.  A full-day's orientation was held, followed by a luncheon with faculty and the new students, many of whom come from across the U.S. and internationally.  Shown in photo is Dr. Hua Lu, chair of the department, addressing some of the new students during orientation.



Congratulations to BMS graduate student Taylor Fuselier in the Wimley lab, who has been awarded a three year NATIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE AWARD fellowship from NIH (NCI) for his proposal entitled:  “Enhanced Drug Design Strategies using Spontaneous Membrane Translocating Peptides”. 


NEW! Available through SIF - iLab 

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is pleased to introduce iLab web-based management services to the Shared Instrumentation Facility (SIF).  Going forward, SIF is excited to partner with  this  online  system  to  streamline  the  process of reserving time on the equipment calendars. All SIF facility users are required to use the system. The iLab website is: 

The website enables users to reserve time on equipment and monitor and manage reservations.  We welcome your comments and value your input on this service.    For any questions regarding this new service, or any of our other services and/or equipment, call Miriam Ruiz at 988-7165 or email her at




Congratulations to Tysheena Charles, PhD who presented her thesis dissertation on Friday, May 30, 2014, entitled “Identification of B and T cell epitopes Using recombinant proteins”.  Dr. Charles has accepted a post-doc position with LSUMC working with Judd E. Shellito, MD.   

Congratulations to Hussain Badani, PhD who presented his thesis dissertation on Thursday, July 17, 2014, entitled “Understanding the mechanism of action of Flufirvitide-3, a peptide based inhibitor of influenza virus”.  Dr. Badani has been accepted to John Marshall law school in Chicago and will attend in 2015.  

Congratulations to Hongnam Nguyen, PhD who presented his thesis dissertation on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, entitled “Modulation of disulfide-stabilized structure affects the helper T-cell response to HIV gp120”. Dr. Nguyen has accepted a post-doc position within the department working with Hee-Won Park, PhD.  

Several of the department’s one-year Master's program graduates are moving forward on their career paths. Congratulations go out to…   

Laura Faiver (graduated May 2013) has been accepted to both Wayne State University – School of Medical and U Penn Law School. With the career focus of medical law, we are confident Laura will be successful at either school.  

Anne Yang (graduated December 2013) has been accepted to the University of Queensland – Ochsner Program beginning January 2015.   

Rohan Kulkarni (graduated May 2014) has been accepted to both Albany Medical College and University of Illinois – College of Medicine. He will be matriculating to UIC fall 2014.

Elizabeth "Beth" Terry (graduated May 2014) has been accepted to the University of Southern Alabama – College of Medicine beginning fall 2014. 


Time to Celebrate! 

Nine Masters Students Graduate from Department 

A celebration was held in the department on Tuesday, May 13th, for nine Master's students who will receive their diplomas at a Master's and PhD Recognition and Hooding  Ceremony,  held at McAlister Auditorium on the Uptown Campus on Friday, May 16th. The Department's event, held ahead of the Uptown ceremony, recognized and celebrated the efforts and achievements of the students during their time in the program.  Well-wishers and course instructors were in attendance at the department's reception, and course director Dr. David Franklin presented each student with a Tulane themed commemorative gift. 

Our nine Master's Program graduates were Nicele Catherine Arana, Tyler Crossley, Tyler Gilmore, Raven Johnson, Rohan Kulkani, Christopher Marler, Elizabeth Terry, Stephanie Wagstaff and Madushani Wijetunge.   

Special congratulations go to Elizabeth Terry, winner of the Master's Adrouny Award for Excellence in Medical Biochemistry, and Rohan Kulkarni for admission to medical school. Rohan will be matriculating to the University of Illinois, College of Medicine this fall 2014.   

Our graduates were part of a one-year Master's Program in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, a two-semester post-baccalaureate program designed to enrich and improve credentials of graduates to apply for admission to medical, dental or other healthcare-related profession programs.  More information on this program, and others, may be found at our webpage,  


David Franklin Received Owl Club Award

Congratulations to Dr. David Franklin who along with Dr. Chad Miller, was presented the Tulane University Owl Club award for HEAL-X 2016 Module of the Year award for Gastrointentinal System


Congratulations to...

Graduate student Yue Sun, who won an award during the 2014 Health Sciences Research Days.  Yue Received the Award for Research in Sustainable and Healthy Communities, sponsored by the Tulane-Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research, for her poster, "Recombinant Antibodies that Recognize Alkylated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHS)".

Dr. Qi Zhang--The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)/Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program announced Dr. Zhang's selection to participate in the 2014 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute Workshop from June 5-6, 2014, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Congratulations to graduate student Grace Jairo, who was just awarded a travel grant from the ASCB to attend a 2-233k, all expenses paid course for Managing Science in the Biotech Industry.  She was one of only 40 individuals chosen from a pool of national and international applicants, which included both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Axel Horn, on winning a scholarship for up to $1,200 for reimbursement of costs associated with travel to the Keystone Symposia meeting Mobile Genetic Elements and Genome Evolution, held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 9-14, 2014.

Dr. William Wimley--NIH awards contract of up to $10.8 million to Autoimmune Technologies to continue developing its new influenza drug, and Dr. William Wimley is leading the mechanism of action studies funded by this contract.


New course offering

NEW COURSE OFFERING – GBCH-6110/SCEN-4110 BASIC MEDICAL BIOCHEMISTRY The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is offering a new course entitled Basic Medical Biochemistry for spring 2014. Offered and taught at the School of Medicine the course is available to pre-med undergraduate students wanting to better prepare themselves for a successful first-year in medical school, and to graduate students seeking an understanding of medical biochemistry. Learn more.


New publication from Hua Lu

Congratulations to Dr. Hua Lu and members of his lab, who authored their new paper, "Methylselenol prodrug enhances MDV3100 efficacy for treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer", E-published in May and in print in the November 2013 issue of Int. J Cancer 133(9), 2225-33.


A special welcome to our 2013-2014 Masters Students

Masters 2013-14On Wednesday, August 21st, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology welcomed nine new and two returning Master's program students.  An orientation was held, followed by a luncheon and other activities of interest to the students, many of whom come from across the U.S.  

In the photo (L-R, top row):   Brent Williams, Rohan Kulkarni, Tyler Gilmore, Stephanie Wagstaff, Anne Yang, Christopher Marler, Tyler Crossley and Raven Johnson.  (L-R, bottom row) Nicele Catherine Arana, Madushani Wijetunge  and Elizabeth Terry.




New publication from David Franklin

Congratulations to Dr. David Franklin, one of the authors of the new article, “Teaching Biochemistry to Students of Medicine, Pharmacy & Dentistry”, published in Med Sci Educ 2013; 23(3): 245-250.


New publication from Arthur Lustig

Congratulations to Dr. Arthur Lustig, co-author with Antonella Sgura, regarding their paper entitled “A new era of allele-specific diagnostics?”, published in Frontiers in Genetics, July 2013.


NIH award to Heather Machado

Congratulations to Dr. Heather Machado, who received an NIH award for her application,  “C/EBPb Modulates Macrophages and Tumor-Initiating Cells During Preneoplastic Progression”.



Oliver Fund Scholar awarded to William Wimley

Congratulations to Dr. William Wimley, who has been named the 2012-2013 Oliver Fund Scholar to develop novel treatment alternatives using peptides for the global epidemic of drug-resistant bacterial infections.



Pilot Program awarded to two Faculty Members

Congratulations to Drs. Arthur Lustig and Zachary Pursell, who were selected to received funds from the Medical Research Pilot Program.  Their Application was among 41 submissions, most of which were judged to e very high quality.



Former Biochemistry Chair part of Women's History Month Celebration

In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day the Smithsonian Institution Archives is highlighting women in science photographs. Included in the display is Tulane's pioneering biochemist Willey Glover Denis (1879-1929). Dr. Denis studied at Sophie Newcomb College (Tulane University), and received a Ph.D. from University of Chicago in 1907; after research which included a productive scientific collaboration with Ann Stone Minot (1894-1980), Denis returned to her hometown as a professor at Tulane University in 1920. She was named the first chair of the Tulane Department of Biochemistry (now the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology).  To see more, click here.



Bridge Funding award to Diane Blake

Congratulations to Dr. Diane Blake for receiving a Bridge Funding Award during the Office of Research Bridge Funding Competition.



Board of Regents Funding awarded to William Wimley

Congratulations to Dr. William Wimley for being awarded a pilot grant fund from the Louisiana Board of Regents entitled “Identification of pore-forming peptides by high-throughput screening in living cells”, January-December 2013.



Heather Machado to join Faculty in April 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Heather L. Machado, currently with Baylor College of Medicine, who will join our Department as an Assistant Professor in April 2013.


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