ScieNews
  • April 16, 2015 ~ Welcome Jenny Schroeder, Cancer Biology Program Coordinator
    Starting from recruitment all the way to graduation, the graduate program coordinators are always there to guide students throughout their time in graduate school and help them achieve their goals. It was this opportunity to work closely with graduate students that led Jenny Schroeder to accept the position of Cancer Biology Graduate Program Coordinator. To learn more about our new coordinator and her outlook on the program, I sat down with Jenny for a one-on-one interview. Continue reading...

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  • March 5, 2015 ~ Welcome New Cancer Biology Students
    It’s time for the annual “Welcome New Cancer Biology Students” blog where we introduce you to the newest members of the Cancer Biology graduate program! Please join us in welcoming Caitlin, Dalton, Tamara, and Jordan, and wishing them an enjoyable and prosperous graduate career here at UW! Continue reading...

Alumni Profiles
  • February 3, 2015 ~ Alumni Profile: David Vereide '09
    David Vereide received his PhD in Cancer Biology in 2009 under the mentorship of Bill Sugden, Professor of Oncology at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research. He went on to do a post-doc with Jamie Thomson, the Director of Regenerative Biology at the Morgridge Institute for Research, an independent research institute closely affiliated with UW-Madison. Vereide is now a Morgridge Fellow, a prestigious independent position at the Morgridge Institute for a scientist embarking on his or her research career. Continue reading...

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  • November 14, 2014 ~ Out with the old, in with the new
    As the leaves on the trees crowding Picnic Point burn orange and red and waft away in the fall breeze, we catch up with a fair few members of the Cancer Biology graduate program who defended their PhD thesis this past summer. Our newly-minted PhDs look back on their graduate school careers, discuss their future plans and share what advice they have for the new Cancer Biology students who have embarked on their graduate school journeys. Continue reading...

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  • October 8, 2014 ~ To know what it does you must know how it's built: the structure function relationship in biology
    Imagine you are hard at work trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle and things have started quite well. You are chugging along merrily and have about a third of the picture reconstructed. Then you run into a peculiar problem: you start finding pieces whose edges are covered with duct tape. Without being able to see how these pieces – with hidden edges – fit with  each other or the other pieces you cannot complete the puzzle. Continue reading...

75 years

  • October 1, 2014 ~ Looking back...looking forward: 75 years of cancer research at UW-Madison, Part II
    As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research and look forward to an exciting future full of promise, it seems appropriate that we continue to also look back at the early days of McArdle Labs and recognize the people whose passion and efforts were seminal in establishing and nurturing this institution. Continue reading...

We are McArdle

  • Editor’s note: This series aims to show the diversity of the students, post-docs, faculty, and staff who make up The McArdle Laboratory family. The inspiration for this series comes primarily from the “This is what science looks like at NC State” series featured on The Abstract. This post is written by Nuruddin Unchwaniwala.

    September 16, 2014 ~ My name is Nuruddin Unchwaniwala and I am a graduate student in the Cancer Biology department here at UW-Madison. I joined Dr. Dan Loeb's lab in the spring of 2011, and since then I have been studying the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). Continue reading...

ScieNews
  • August 7, 2014 ~ 'Breaking News' ~ Staying cool and stopping tumors: How the two may be linked
    Around 130 species of mammals and over 280 species of birds (but not penguins!) can be found in the Arctic. The same area is home to fewer than 10 species of reptiles and amphibians combined. One important reason for this disparity is that mammals and birds can generate their own body heat. The ability to 'defend' a stable body temperature or thermoregulate sets apart birds and mammals like us from the vast majority of other organisms. Continue reading...

75 years
  • August 1, 2014 ~ Looking back...looking forward: 75 years of cancer research at UW-Madison
    "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
    I couldn't help but think of this quote made popular by Sir Isaac Newton as I left a riveting community talk by Dr. Roz Boutwell, Professor Emeritus of Oncology at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research. Continue reading...

  • June 23, 2014 ~ Research Snapshot, Dr. Wei Xu: Same DNA, Cancer Cell
    Proteins are the "workers" within our cells and bodies. Different proteins have different jobs; antibodies help protect us against infection from bacteria and viruses, structural proteins, like actin, serve as building blocks, and enzymes, such as polymerases, carry out the biochemical reactions necessary to keep us alive. Continue reading...

  • May 21, 2014 ~ McArdle in the Community: A Relay to Remember
    One fine Friday evening this past April found hundreds of UW-Madison students, their friends and their relatives inside the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Complex (or the SHELL as it is colloquially known around Madison). Continue reading...

  • April 25, 2014 ~ McArdle in the Community: Having fun while teaching at Science Expeditions
    How do you explain something as scary and complicated as cancer to kids? Bubbles, of course! On a sunny weekend in April 2014, students from the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research and the UW-Madison Cancer Biology graduate program participated in the "Science Expeditions" event held at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID). Continue reading...

  • March 27, 2014 ~ A WIMR II Exposé
    The Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research, or WIMR, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are an impressive edifice to scientific research. A series of three towers are planned, and the second one - WIMR II - will be the new home of the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research. Continue reading...

  • February 25, 2014 ~ Research Snapshot: PREVENTION IS BETTER WITH A CURE: The search for a treatment for Human Papilloma Virus infections
    Fourteen million. That's the estimated number of Americans who became infected with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Continue reading...

  • January 14, 2014 ~ Happy New Year Everyone!
    And what better way to welcome the New Year than by introducing the newest students in the Cancer Biology Graduate Program. A total of 33 students are currently enrolled in the Cancer Biology Graduate Program, with an incoming class size of 5 for the Fall 2013 admission cycle. Continue reading...

  • December 26, 2013 ~ 10th Floor Friends: Megan Maguire
    Megan's journey to working at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research began when she was in the fifth grade, when she first learned about dinosaurs. Continue reading...

  • November 21, 2013 ~ Personal Musings: Wither Cancer Researchers and Cancer Prevention?
    Cancer is a terrifying disease, and what might be most frightening about it is the idea that it can strike out of nowhere. A significant goal of cancer research is to determine what the causes of various cancers are, with the thought that knowing these causes will allow us to better treat and maybe even prevent these malignancies from developing. Continue reading...

  • November 5, 2013 ~ American Cancer Society: 100 Years
    This year the American Cancer Society, or ACS, celebrates its 100th birthday. It was originally founded in 1913 as the American Society for the Control of Cancer and over the next hundred years its mission to fight back against cancer has remained as strong as ever. Continue reading...

  • October 29, 2013 ~ McArdle Events: Cancer Free House
    It was a cold, damp Tuesday afternoon this past October 15th. Shivering from the unexpected drop in temperature, I walked into the Free House Pub in Middleton. Inside, I was greeted by the sight of dozens of fellow researchers sporting t-shirts in the familiar color of Wisconsin Badger pride, cardinal red. Continue reading...

  • October 23, 2013 ~ Faculty Interview with Dr. James Shull: Behind the scenes of McArdle management
    Dr. James Shull (pronounced like hull with an 'S' in front) has been the Director of the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research since September 1, 2009. He was "proud and pleased" to accept the position after speaking with McArdle luminaries including Drs. Bill Dove, Amy Moser, and Michael Gould. Continue reading...

  • October 8, 2013 ~ Personal Profile: Dr. Erin Shanle
    It can often be quite challenging to successfully intertwine a productive graduate career with a rich and fulfilling personal life. Many of you know Dr. Erin Shanle, who graduated from Dr. Wei Xu's lab this past August (and is now a SPIRE post-doctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). Continue reading...

  • October 1, 2013 ~ The McArdle Papers: Discovering the structure of the tumor suppressor PP2A and its implications in regulating DNA synthesis
    The cells that make up our bodies normally grow and divide in an extremely well regulated and coordinated fashion. There are many pathways that control this process, and disruptions at key points may allow for unchecked growth of cells. Continue reading...

  • September 23, 2013 ~ Research Snapshot: Dr. Bill Sugden and the Epstein Barr Virus
    Did you know that almost a fifth of all new cases of human cancers every year are caused by an infectious agent, such as bacteria or viruses? Epstein Barr Virus or Human Herpesvirus 4, commonly called EBV, is one such virus, and in fact was the first human virus to be associated with cancer. Continue reading...

  • September 16, 2013 ~ Welcome to the brand new McArdle Blog L7!
    We are very excited that you are here visiting us, and we have a great series of posts planned for the rest of the semester. In this introductory post we will tell you a bit about why we have started this blog, what you can expect to read on it, and how you can contact us with comments, suggestions and ideas. Continue reading...