Member News

Iowa State honors Nilsen-Hamilton, Underbakke

ASBMB Today Staff
Aug. 21, 2023

Two members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are among the Iowa State University faculty who will be honored at a community celebration in September.

Marit Nilsen–Hamilton
Eric Underbakke

Marit Nilsen–Hamilton, a professor in the biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology department, received the lifetime title of university professor, given to faculty who act as positive change agents on campus. Eric Underbakke won the James Huntington Ellis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Introductory Teaching.

Much of Nilsen-Hamilton’s recent research revolves around aptamers, bits of synthetic single-stranded nucleic acids that bind a target molecule. She has published 111 studies in peer-reviewed journals. Her new status reflects her contributions to Iowa State, where she has worked for more than four decades. Her leadership roles include nearly six years as chair of an interdepartmental program in molecular, cellular and developmental biology and a five-year stint as chair of her department. She has served on more than 25 university committees, notably the Faculty Review Board, which she twice chaired.

Underbakke’s lab focuses primarily on protein biochemistry, exploring the interplay and post-translational modifications of signaling proteins that tune the strength and plasticity among neural synapses. He is an associate professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, and he started his research group at Iowa State University in 2014.

Enjoy reading ASBMB Today?

Become a member to receive the print edition monthly and the digital edition weekly.

Learn more
ASBMB Today Staff

This article was written by a member or members of the ASBMB Today staff.

Get the latest from ASBMB Today

Enter your email address, and we’ll send you a weekly email with recent articles, interviews and more.

Latest in People

People highlights or most popular articles

Honors for Jackson, Simon, Tagliabracci
Member News

Honors for Jackson, Simon, Tagliabracci

Feb. 26, 2024

Awards, promotions, milestones and more. Find out what's going on in the lives of ASBMB members.

In memoriam: Charles Rock
In Memoriam

In memoriam: Charles Rock

Feb. 26, 2024

An ASBMB member for almost four decades, he was a faculty member at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and an NIH principal investigator.

A series of happy accidents guided this MOSAIC scholar
Profile

A series of happy accidents guided this MOSAIC scholar

Feb. 23, 2024

As an undergraduate studying psychology, Timothy Hines was introduced to the field of neuroscience.

Pew names investigators
Member News

Pew names investigators

Feb. 19, 2024

This 2024 Innovation fund class will work on interdisciplinary research projects exploring key questions in life science, human biology and disease.

Decoding the genetic recipe book
Research Spotlight

Decoding the genetic recipe book

Feb. 15, 2024

How an aspiring lawyer in Puerto Rico became a passionate protein scientist.

Event honors Gary Felsenfeld
Member News

Event honors Gary Felsenfeld

Feb. 12, 2024

Former lab members and others celebrate a pioneer in the study of nucleic acid.