Media Coverage

9/6/18
Brittany L. Steimle, a doctoral candidate in biochemistry, received an award for outstanding poster for her presentation on how proteins transport manganese in the brain at the international “Trace Elements in Biology and Medicine” conference, sponsored by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology in Tahoe City, California. “Understanding how manganese accumulates into the brain through the blood-brain barrier may serve as a key to designing drug targets for individuals who may have been overexposed to manganese in the environment or in whom manganese metabolism has somehow become dysregulated,” said Steimle, who conducts research in the laboratory of Daniel J. Kosman, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of biochemistry.
8/16/18
Empire Genomics, the biotechnology company co-founded in 2006 by Norma J. Nowak, PhD, professor of biochemistry and executive director of UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, will move from downtown Buffalo to new offices in Amherst.
5/21/18
A story about a New York State law that requires doctors to collect a blood sample from every child born in the state in order to test for pediatric diseases and concerns about what happens to the leftover blood, which becomes the property of the state, interviews Michael D. Garrick, PhD, professor of biochemistry. Regulations have been developed over the past decade, he said, including ones that require researchers and law enforcement to obtain an “OK” from the Institutional Review Board to get access to the samples. “The IRB board needs to give approval, and the patient whose sample would be taken needs to give consent,” he said.
2/22/18
A new study has showed that genetically modified corn does increase crop yields and can provide more health benefits than traditional corn. “The work is significant because it examined literature that studied corn only under field conditions, and compared the GE [genetically engineered] plants with non-GE plants that were genetically identical except for the genes that were engineered,” said Mark R. O’Brian, PhD, professor and chair of biochemistry, who was not affiliated with the research. “It also only included literature where robust statistical analysis was possible.”
11/9/17
Norma J. Nowak, PhD, professor of biochemistry and executive director of UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, is a member of the search committee tasked with hiring a replacement for John Gavigan, who is stepping down as executive director of 43North.
10/17/17
A new book co-edited by Mulchand S. Patel, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of biochemistry, and colleagues explores in detail the many fetal and immediate postnatal nutritional influences on adult health. "Our animal studies have shown that overfeeding, or the increased intake of carbohydrate-derived calories during the immediate postnatal period, can reprogram an individual's metabolism, creating negative health outcomes later in life," he said.
9/21/17
A new book co-edited by Mulchand S. Patel, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of biochemistry, and colleagues explores in detail the many fetal and immediate postnatal nutritional influences on adult health. “Our animal studies have shown that overfeeding, or the increased intake of carbohydrate-derived calories during the immediate postnatal period, can reprogram an individual’s metabolism, creating negative health outcomes later in life,” he said.  
7/7/17
Research by Mark R. O’Brian, PhD,  professor and chair of biochemistry, has led to a four-year, $1.28 million grant to study how bacteria mutate to accept iron, and how the organism expels excess iron. "We usually think of evolution taking place over a long period of time, but we're seeing evolution — at least as the ability to use an iron source that it couldn't before — occurring as a single mutation in the cell that we never would have predicted," he said.
6/29/17
A report on UB’s Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Expo held in Hotel Henry interviews Norma J. Nowak, PhD, executive director of UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, who said she understands the difficulties of getting a business started and the vital search for capital. "Now, there's an entire support group, both at the university and in our greater community to actually help folks critically analyze the idea that they have, help them develop market plans, help them find investors," she said.
6/15/17
Norma J. Nowak, PhD, professor of biochemistry and executive director of UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, was recognized by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership this spring with the 2017 Athena Award for her acclaimed research and as a leader in the human genomics field.
6/13/17
Norma P. Nowak, PhD, was featured in an article on Buffalo being a good fit for companies developing diagnostic testing. Nowak, professor of biochemistry and executive director of UB's New York State Center of Excellence on Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, co-founded Empire Genomics in 2006. Empire Genomics used technology developed by Nowak at UB to develop diagnostic tests for early detection of cancer.
3/19/17
Norma J. Nowak, PhD, professor of biochemistry and executive director of the UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, is among the 10 finalists for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s ATHENA Award.
11/16/16
An article about the semifinal round of the 43North business plan contest quotes Norma J. Nowak, PhD, executive director of UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and a professor of biochemistry, who said 43North’s ability to draw companies to the contest says something about the area’s resurgence. 
11/14/16
Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor of medicine, and Jennifer A. Surtees, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry, are both quoted in a story about World Antibiotics Awareness Week events being held at UB.
9/19/16
UB scientists are using machine learning to identify important sequences of DNA within the mosquito genome that regulates how the insect’s cells develop and behave.