Welcome Tom!

The Biological Chemistry Department welcomes our newest faculty member, Tom Vallim.

Assistant Professor, Biological Chemistry
Assistant Professon, Medicine/Cardiology

Dr. Vallim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry and in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology at UCLA. Dr. Vallim was born in Brazil and emigrated to England as a teenager. In England, Dr. Vallim received his M.Sci and Ph.D from the University of Nottingham. As an undergraduate Ph.D student, Dr. Vallim’s research focused was on the transcriptional regulation of genes in lipid metabolism by dietary factors. In 2008, Dr. Vallim came to UCLA for his post-doctoral studies in the laboratory of Peter Edwards. At UCLA, Dr. Vallim’s research was focused on identifying molecular mechanisms that underlie the regulation of bile acid metabolism, the major pathway of cholesterol excretion from the body. In 2013, Dr. Vallim was promoted to Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology at UCLA, and in 2016, Dr. Vallim also joined the Department of Biological Chemistry. Dr. Vallim runs the lab jointly with his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Tarling, an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology at UCLA. In 2013, Dr. Vallim was awarded the George J. Popják award from the UCLA Atherosclerosis Research Unit (ARU). In 2015, Dr. Vallim won the Irvine H. Page award by the American Heart Association and in 2016, the David L. Williams award at the Kern Lipid Conference. Dr. Vallim’s research is funded by the American Heart Association (AHA) and National Institute of Health (NIH). His research interests are in identifying molecular regulators of pathways that control lipid metabolism in health and disease.

http://www.biolchem.ucla.edu/people/faculty/thomas-vallim

 

UCLA Department of Biological Chemistry/ UCLA-DOE Institute

JOB POSTING: Assistant Researcher

Researcher Series
UCLA Department of Biological Chemistry/ UCLA-DOE Institute 

The Department of Biological Chemistry/ UCLA-DOE Institute (http://www.biolchem.ucla.edu/), a basic science department within the UCLA School of Medicine, invites highly qualified applications for positions as Assistant Researcher. Qualified candidates with a Ph.D. in biology, biochemistry, molecular, cell biology, or related fields, are encouraged to apply.

Job Duties:

  1. Standard molecular biology techniques including construction and preparation of recombinant bacterial plasmids for expression of proteins in bacteria.

  2. Synthesis of peptides, carrying natural and non-natural amino acids.

  3. Affinity purification, HPLC and mass spectrometry analysis of peptides and protein.

  4. Protein aggregation assays, such as Thioflavin T or Congo Red assays.

  5. Electron microscopy of amyloid fibrils and samples of interest.

  6. Protein gel electrophoresis under denaturing and non-denaturing conditions.

  7. Western-blot and dot-blot techniques for the detection of amyloid proteins.

  8. Preparation of cell lines and primary neuronal cultures.

  9. Cell-based toxicity assays, including analysis of the cell cycle phase, the level of reactive oxygen species, apoptosis,

    viability, metabolic activity etc.

  10. Structural analysis of peptides and proteins, by x-ray crystallography, circular dichroism (CD) and nuclear magnetic

    resonance (NMR), among other techniques.

  11. Design and perform in vivo experiments to study amyloid diseases.

  12. Analysis of data generated from in vivo experiments.

  13. Take appropriate actions to optimize and troubleshoot individual techniques as well as overall experiments. Recognize

    and take appropriate action when extended or repeated tests are required to produce meaningful results.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy

Visit https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02768 for a complete description of the position, required and desired qualifications, and application instructions. Job post will close January 22, 2017. 

Congratulations Kelsey Martin!

Kelsey Martin has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

"Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service." For details, please visit: https://nam.edu/national-academy-of-medicine-elects-79-new…/

BC Welcome Reception 2016 Photos

To view photos of the BC Welcome Reception 2016 held on October 12th, please visit our facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/uclabiolchem/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1306503879374071

 

Congratulations Eddy De Robertis!

Professor Eddy De Robertis was granted the Doctor Honoris Causa degree

On September 1st, 2016, Professor Eddy De Robertis was granted the Doctor Honoris Causa degree by the Universidad de la República in Montevideo, Uruguay, for his outstanding role in the development of Medical Sciences in Uruguay and his scientific contributions with worldwide impact to universal knowledge.

Eddy De Robertis is Distinguished Professor and Norman F. Sprague Chair of Molecular Oncology at the Department of Biological Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He devoted his professional life to investigate the molecular mechanisms of embryonic development. To learn more about his research, please visit his lab home page: http://www.hhmi.ucla.edu/derobertis/index.html

Assistant Professor Position

Assistant Professor Position

The Department of Biological Chemistry (http://www.biolchem.ucla.edu), a basic science department within the UCLA School of Medicine, is seeking applicants with a PhD and/or MD degree for a tenure-track faculty position in any area of biochemistry, molecular, cell, or developmental biology. Although preference will be given to applicants at the Assistant Professor level, exceptional candidates at the Associate or Professor level are also encouraged to apply. Applicants should have an excellent record of creative research accomplishments. The University of California seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. The new faculty member will be expected to develop an innovative research program addressing fundamental biological questions and to contribute to departmental teaching. The position is state-supported with a guaranteed salary base, outstanding fringe benefits, and substantial start-up funds.

The deadline for submission of applications is October 30, 2016. Applicants should submit a full curriculum vitae, a description of research plan (3-page limit excluding references), and three letters of reference electronically at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu under the “Biological Chemistry” heading (posting # JPF02482). References may submit their letters directly through the same website. 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct)

UCLA Career Hub

Professional Development

UCLA Career Hub advertises weekly seminars on both academic and non-academic career preparation co-sponsored by the graduate division and other UCLA entities. These seminars are targeted exclusively to PhD students and postdocs. This is an immensely important resource for your career development. Take advantage of these opportunities now before it is too late. 

Please visit http://grad.ucla.edu/careerhub/ and browse the upcoming opportunities or better yet, subscribe to the blog at the bottom of the Career Hub page, which will send you regular emails advertising each opportunity. For sure, paste the link into your bookmarks.

 

CEILS offers a number of training and practical opportunities to learn how to employ modern college teaching methods. Many of these are through UCLA’s membership in a national organization termed the CIRTL network, which teaches you how to teach and offers certificates of completion that can be listed on your CV when you apply for jobs. If you plan on an academic career, please consider taking the CIRTL online courses and participating in UCLA’s onsite CIRTL meetings. Please visit https://ceils.ucla.edu/

Congratulations Kathrin Plath!

Kathrin Plath was selected as HHMI faculty scholar

Congratulations to Dr. Kathrin Plath for being selected to the inaugural class of HHMI Faculty Scholars, "early-career scientists who have great potential to make unique contributions to their field." Early-career researchers were selected from more than 1,400 applicants at 220 institutions. For more details, please visit: http://media.hhmi.org/FacultyScholars2016-gallery/?_ga=1.153585720.1662333488.1395982720

Congratulations Weizhe Hong!

Weizhe Hong has received a research grant from the Whitehall Foundation and a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Weizhe Hong for receiving two prestigious awards: a research grant from the Whitehall Foundation and a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation! The Hong Lab studies the molecular basis and the neuronal circuitry underlying social behavior. To learn more, please visit his lab website at http://www.hong-lab.com/

Congratulations Kelsey Martin!

Dr. Kelsey Martin has been named Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine.

Please see the full story at : http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/neuroscientist-named-dean-of-david-geffen-school-of-medicine-at-ucla

 

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