Lab news


  • May 2017 – Wallace Liu accepted on the Molecular and Applied Nutrition Training Program (MANTP)!
  • May 2017 – Julie Thelen graduates from UW-Madison with a BS in Biochemistry. Congratulations Julie!
  • April 2017 – The Denu Lab takes a trip to American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) conference in Chicago. Both Rush Dhillon and Spencer Haws will be giving talks. McCormick place here we come!
  • April 2017 – Beatriz Camacho passes her preliminary exam! Congrats Beatriz!
  • April 2017 – Dr. Jin Hee-Lee finishes her post-doc and begins work at Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD) in Madison!
  • March 2017 – Kimberly Krautkramer successfully defends her doctoral thesis and is now working to complete her M.D. degree! Keep up the work!
  • March 2017 – Sydney Thomas is awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Way to Go!
  • Jan 2017 – Josh Baeza successfully defends his doctoral thesis! On to a post-doc at UPenn! Congrats Josh, we’ll do our best to keep all your plants alive!
  • Jan 2017 – Steven Bieser joins the lab! Welcome Steven!
  • Jan 2017 – Spencer Haws accepted on the Molecular and Applied Nutrition Training Program (MANTP)!


  • Dec 2016 – Alexis Lawton, Sydney Thomas, and Yiming Qin join the group! Welcome on board!
  • Dec 2016 – Rush Dhillon’s review on using comparative physiology to study the effect of aging on the mitochondria is published in Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology. (check out his hand drawn figures!)
  • Dec 2016 – Kimberly Krautkramer‘s work linking gut microbiota to host epigenetics is published in Molecular Cell. Congratulations!
  • Nov 2016 – Zhangli Su‘s work on KDM4 reader domain specificity is published in Nature Communications! Nice work!
  • Oct 2016 – Wallace Liu joins the lab. Welcome Wallace!
  • Sept 2016 – Michael Smallegan departs the Denu lab to travel the world for a year before starting graduate studies at UC Boulder. Have a great trip!
  • Aug 2016 – Jing Fan begins her one year fellowship in the metabolism theme at the Morgridge Institute for Research before becoming a Morgridge investigator and assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Nutritional Sciences. Congratulations!!!!!
  • July 2016 – Jing Fan and Josh Baeza’s work is published in Methods in Enzymology. Congratulations!
  • June 2016 – Zhangli Su heads off to to start her Postdoc in Anindya Dutta’s Lab at University of Virginia Medical School. Congratulations and good luck!!
  • May 2016 – John is awarded Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award.
  • May 2016 – Nicole Rademacher graduates with a BS in Microbiology and joins the Shelef Lab in the UW Department of Medicine as a research assistant! Congratulations and best luck!
  • May 2016 – Keighley Reisenaur graduates with a BS in Genetics and a second degree in Spanish and starts graduate school at Baylor in the Department of Biology! Congratulations and best luck!
  • May 2016 – Ben Baeten graduates with a BS in Computer Sciences! Congratulations!
  • April 2016 – Kim Krautkramer speaks at the Keystone Symposium for Gut Microbiota, Metabolic Disorders, and Beyond.
  • March 2016 – Zhangli Su successfully defended her doctoral thesis. Congratulations Dr. Su (aka Dr. Ninja Kitty)!
  • March 2016 – Rush Dhillon awarded R03 grant for Comparative Physiological Studies of Aging.
  • March 2016 – Pedro Lattore joins us from Zaragoza, Spain, for a 6-month study abroad fellowship.
  • John receives 2016 University of Wisconsin Kellett Mid-Career Award from WARF. Congratulations John for winning this award!
  • Feb 2016 – Review article on combinatorial histone modifications (Zhangli Su) is published in ACS Chemical Biology. Review article on protein acetylation in mitochondria (Josh Baeza and Michael Smallegan) is published in Trends in Biochemical Sciences. Congrats Zhangli, Josh and Michael!!
  • Jan 2016 – Mark Klein accepted to the Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program.



  • December 2014 – Josh and Shuiming win the BMC Holiday Party Ping Pong Tournament! Congrats! Way to take home the victory for the lab.
  • December 2014 – Mark Klein (IPiB) joins the lab. Welcome Mark!
  • December 2014 – Jessica Feldman successfully defended her doctoral thesis. Congratulations Dr. Feldman!!
  • October 2014 – The Denu Lab spent the day hiking up at Devil’s Lake. Check out the lab images page for pictures from the day.
  • October 2014 – Zach Kemmerer and Mark Klein (IPiB) join the lab for rotations.
  • August 2014 –  Kristin Dittenhafer-Reed heads off to start her Postdoc in Jeff MacKeigan’s lab at the Van Andel Research Institute. Congratulations and good luck Kristin!
  • August 2014 – We are currently accepting rotation students for Fall 2014. Please check the opportunities page.
  • August 2014 – Kristin Dittenhafer-Reed successfully defended her doctoral thesis. Congratulations Dr. Dittenhafer-Reed!!
  • August 2014 – The work by Josh Baeza is chosen as a paper of the week in the JBC. Congratulations Josh!
  • June 2014 – It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our dear pet and lab mate, Tuffy Jr. His presence will certainly be missed, but he will not be forgotten.
  • June 2014 – Josh Baeza’s work is published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Congratulations Josh!
  • 2014 MCEM (Midwest Chromatin and Epigenetics Meeting) will be held in WID from May 18 to May 20.
  • April 2014 – Zhangli Su’s work is published in Epigenetics and Chromatin. Congratulations Zhangli!
  • March 2014 – Rush Dhillon joins the lab. Welcome Rush!
  • March 2014 – John is featured in ASBMB Today.
  • February 2014 – Jing Fan joins the lab. Welcome Jing!
  • February 2014 – Wei Yu heads off to Fudan University in Shanghai, China to start his career as a professor. Congratulations and good luck Wei!
  • January 2014 – Viacheslav Kuzniestsov joins the lab. Welcome Slava!