September – Cassie, Jessica, and Pragyan went to the Epigenetics Symposium at the Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids, MI!

August – Congratulations to Dr. Lily Miller on a job well done!

June – John is named recipient of the Katherine Berns Van Donk Steenbock Professor in Nutrition! Congratulations!!


June –  Jessica‘s abstract is selected for oral and poster presentations at the International Society of Heart Research Conference!

AprilSara presents her research about binding specificities of PHD zinc finger domains in the H3K36 histone methyltransferase NSD2 at the UW-Madison Undergraduate Symposium. Great job, Sara!

AprilJess presents her research about how the metabolites from the gut microbiome affect the host brain health at the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Research Day!


November – Jessica won the 3-Minute Thesis Competition hosted by Alzheimer’s Research Centers from UW-Madison and WashU-St. Louis! Great work, Jess!

October – Lab photo

October – Lab apple picking!


September Lily presents her research on H3K9 HMT kinetics at the IPiB Retreat!

August John gives a talk and José presents a poster (and was awarded the Best Poster Award!) at the FASEB Reversible Protein Acetylation in Health and Disease Conference in Puerto Rico. ¡Buen trabajo!

AugustAlexis successfully defends her dissertation on the dynamics of protein acetylation in the cell! Congratulations, Dr. Lawton!!


July – At the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) Symposium, Cassie and Lily gave lightning talks, and José, Jessica, and Lily presented posters about their research. Great job sharing your work with the WID community! (Check out José with Dr. Richard Davidson from the Center for Healthy Minds!)


JulyAmy successfully defends her dissertation on the role of SIRT3 in aging and also differentially acylated p300 activity! Congratulations, Dr. Qin!!

July – Jessica presenting her poster on the effects of gut microbiome on host epigenetics with co-mentor Federico Rey. 8th Annual Conference on Beneficial Microbes.

June – PhD student Lily presented her research on histone methyltransferases at the FASEB Biological Methylation conference in Sicily. Bravissima, Lily!


June – Epigenetics Picnic and Zhong Lab Send Off!


May – BMC 101: Biomolecular Chemistry Department Centennial Celebration!

Fun to catch up with the former Denu Lab members, like Brian Smith and Mark Klein, and former graduate student Jess Feldman gave a talk about her work at Rentschler Biopharma SE!

March – International Women’s Day! Featuring (most of the) wonderful women in the Denu Lab


October – 5th Annual Epigenetics Symposium @ Wisconsin Institute for Discovery


October – Lab outing at the Denu home

September – The Ride Cancer Fundraiser — way too go everyone!


August – Wallace’s Going-Away Party, good luck Wallman!


February – Lab Ice Skating at Tenney Park


January – Lab Ice Skating at Tenney Park


October – Apple Picking!

Denu Lab Photo


Lab Action Shots

Bowling and Cookie Party.


Party after Zhangli’s PhD defense

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Denu Lab Christmas Cookie Party.

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Lab Hiking and Housewarming.

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Epigenetics Theme girls’ climbing night.

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Jess’ Going Away Party

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Josh and Shuiming win the BMC Holiday Ping Pong Tournament

Jess’ Thesis Defense celebration

Devil’s Lake Fall hiking trip

Kristin’s graduation party

Denu Lab Summer 2014

Denu Lab 2014
Denu Lab 2014

Bowling competition





WID opening ceremony


Denu Lab tours the WID

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