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Biochemistry & Biophysics

Inspired by mentors and determination, biochemistry senior overcomes doubt to promising biotechnology journey

Rebekka Toyoizumi has always admired the big questions that science has to offer. A graduating biochemistry and biophysics major at Oregon State, she spent six months throughout summer and fall 2023 terms at OSU exploring those questions through an experiential internship. She is excited to continue this work for the multinational biotech and biopharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca, in Maryland following graduation.

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Alumni and Friends

Young Alumni Award recipient aims to cure mitochondrial diseases

The remnants of ancient bacteria live inside each of us as mitochondria, structures in cells that are critical for life. Breakthrough work from Simon Johnson, B.S. biochemistry and biophysics ‘09, and his lab has shed new light on how dysfunction of mitochondria causes human disease. For his great strides towards a cure for mitochondrial diseases within a decade since his last degree, Johnson has received the 2023 Young Alumni Award in the College of Science.

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Graduate students

Sarah Louie selected as 2023 Biochemistry & Biophysics Mathews Fellow

Biochemistry & biophysics Ph.D. student Sarah Louie has been selected as this year's Mathews Fellow. Louie is working with Professor Rick Cooley of the Center for Genetic Code Expansion.

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OSU Press Releases

Hops compound study with Science researcher reduces gut microbe associated with metabolic syndrome

Oregon State researchers, including a member of the College of Science, have shown in a mouse model and lab cultures that a compound derived from hops reduces the abundance of a gut bacterium associated with metabolic syndrome.

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OSU Press Releases

College of Science professor co-leads study of dietary supplementation

A six-month study of healthy older men led by the College of Science’s Tory Hagen and research associate Alexander Michels demonstrated that daily multivitamin/multimineral supplementation had a positive effect on key nutrition biomarkers.

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Students

Biochemistry and molecular biology senior thrives from the stage to the lab

Being a Beaver has stretched Ebunoluwa Morakinyo to develop her passions inside and outside of the lab. A senior honors biochemistry and molecular biology student at Oregon State, her time on campus has included celebrating her culture while looking forward to a career dedicated to helping others.

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Events

Annual Health Professions Fair opens doors for students interested in graduate health programs

The annual Health Professions Fair will take place on April 25, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

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Research

New grants to support breakthrough discoveries

Four-dimensional tissue self-assembly, integrated river health and ultra-tiny spectrometers: The 2022 College of Science Research and Innovation Seed (SciRIS) award recipients will use collaboration to fill critical knowledge gaps across numerous scientific disciplines to drive real-world impact.

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Students

From architecture to biochemistry: ‘Life is too short to do something you don’t like.’

International student Elizaveta Zhivaya found her niche in microbiome research and will start a Ph.D. in neuroscience next year.

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Events

Gilfillan Lecture: Our lives among the peaks: Tales of ChIPs, enrichment and decay

University Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics Michael Freitag will present the College of Science 2022 F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Lecture on May 3.

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Faculty and Staff

Research grants to seed the next great idea

Seed funding from the College of Science Research and Innovation Seed (SciRIS) program continues to bolster ambitious and expansive research projects across biomedical science, fluid dynamics, quantum mechanics and more.

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Research

Biochemistry and biophysics researchers make key advance in fight against dangerous surgical site infections

Biochemistry and biophysics researchers have made a key advance against dangerous and costly surgical site infections, the type of infection most commonly associated with health care procedures.