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.

Identifying promising next-generation cancer treatment

Drugs known as PARP-1 inhibitors have emerged as an important but limited treatment option for certain cancers. Now scientists at Oregon Health & Science University have uncovered a new class of PARP-1 inhibitors with unique and powerful anticancer properties that could make them more widely effective.

“We think it’s going to open up therapeutic possibilities beyond what current PARP-1 inhibitors are used for,” said Michael Cohen, Ph.D., associate professor of chemical physiology and biochemistry in the OHSU School of Medicine and senior author of a paper describing the discovery in Cell Chemical Biology. Read more...

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...

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.