CPB Diversity Statement

The Department of Chemical Physiology & Biochemistry is committed to a workplace that promotes and values diversity. We believe that prioritizing inclusion and equity is key to the wellbeing of our members and fundamental to an excellent research and training environment. We are taking active measures to eliminate biases and inequities that have historically excluded people from the biomedical research community. We embrace our differences and recognize that diversity enriches our community and strengthens our scientific endeavors.

Congratulations to our Summer Intern Poster Winners!

Friday, August 12 was the 2022 Research Internship Poster Symposium and Ceremony where our 11 CPB summer interns shared their research with the OHSU community. This was a large event and we had a great turnout by CPB so kudos to all of you who participated and thanks to Liman Zhang, Phil Yates, and Sue Aicher, our amazing poster judges, who picked the top two poster winners as Chime Amaefuna and Sophia Slack! A big congratulations to you two and a high five to all our interns this summer for your dedication and hard work.

SoM Paper of the Month

Congratulations to the Habecker Lab for having their team paper, "Chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan 4,6 sulfation regulates sympathetic nerve regeneration after myocardial infarction", selected as the School of Medicine's Paper of the Month in June.

CPB welcomes Steve Reichow

Steve Reichow, PhD, Associate Professor

CPB welcomes ours newest faculty member, Steve Reichow, Ph.D., Associate Professor on October 1, 2022. Research in the Reichow Lab is inspired by the molecular mechanisms driving biology. They apply cutting-edge methods in the high-resolution imaging technology of cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), to unveil the inner-workings of individual protein molecules – nature’s nano-machines. Read more...

Congratulations T32 Recipients!

Prof. Beth Habecker has been awarded funding from NIGMS to support the new OHSU Chemical Physiology T32 fellowship program.  The goal of the OHSU Chemical Physiology T32 program is to produce a new generation of scientists who will elucidate the fundamental mechanisms that undergird health and disease by applying chemical biology tools to understand physiology, pathophysiology, and medicine.  A unique aspect of this training program is that students will receive training in both chemistry and physiology in a medical school environment.  Profs. Kimberly Beatty and Michael Cohen will serve as Associate Directors for this program.

The OHSU Chemical Physiology T32 program will support two fellows in the first year, graduate students Sarahi Garza and Michael Crawford.  Garza is a member of the Frank Lab and proposes to investigate cannabinoid 1 receptor signaling in hippocampal reward circuits.  Crawford is a member of the Tafesse Lab and will use multi-functional lipid probes to investigate the role of lipids in flavivirus infection.  The department congratulates both Garza and Crawford on being selected for this program!

CPB Tartar Trust Recipients

Tartar Trust Fellowships are a $2k award offered annually by the OHSU School of Medicine to be used by students, fellows, or faculty members to support research endeavors and research career development in the School of Medicine. This year, 4 members of CPB won a Tartar Trust Award. Congratulations to our recipients:

  • Adam Oken, student in the Mansoor lab
  • Daniel Sanderson, student in the Cohen lab
  • Janelle Tobias, student in the Frank lab
  • Alix Thomas, student in the Schultz lab

Student Publication

Structure-guided design and characterization of a clickable, covalent PARP16 inhibitor - Chemical Science (RSC Publishing)
PARP16—the sole ER-resident PARP family member—is gaining attention as a potential therapeutic target for cancer treatment. Nevertheless, the precise function of the catalytic activity of PARP16 is poorly understood. Read more...

Recent News

Dean's Research Scholar Program

The Dean's Research Scholar Program (DRSP) was developed to recruit top interdisciplinary postdoctoral researchers to OHSU to catalyze novel interdisciplinary research. DRSP is a distinctive opportunity to start a research career pursuing a state-of-the-art project at the cross-section of disciplines.