Dr. John Denu among the inaugural class of ASBMB Fellows

Dr. John Denu, Professor of Biomolecular Chemistry and Epigenetics Theme Director at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, was among the first class of Fellows announced today by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). According to the Society’s announcement today, this program was created to recognize members who have “demonstrated exceptional commitment to the ASBMB and made outstanding contributions to advance the molecular life sciences.”

The Denu Lab investigates the mechanism and biological function of reversible protein modifications involved in modulating signal transduction, chromatin dynamics and gene activation. In nominating John, Dr. Sharon Dent wrote that “John’s research is consistently trailblazing. … John is a highly productive scientist … [who] is also highly committed to teaching and mentoring.” Indeed, in selecting its first Fellows the ASBMB strove to recognize “scientific achievements, educational endeavors, mentorship, commitment to diversity, and/or service to the society and the scientific community.”

Our department has long benefited from these same qualities in John and we are pleased to see him and his work honored in this way. In addition to this recognition from ASBMB, John has received a number of honors in the past, including his election as an AAAS Fellow, an NIH MERIT Award, and UW Madison’s Kellett Faculty Award.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. John Denu and the other members of the inaugural ASBMB Fellows cohort on this well deserved honor.

The full original announcement from ASBMB, including a profile of all Fellows, can be found here: https://www.asbmb.org/asbmb-today/people/042721/first-class