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I'm an acting faculty member in the Departments of Biology, English, and Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle.

4/2/14 UW News has quoted me in its video preview of Paws-On Science and in a press release about colleague Katie Davis's AERA presentation on science music videos.
3/14/14 Former undergraduate research assistant Jack Jones has been accepted to UC-San Diego's Ph.D. program in Biomedical Science, and will start this program in the fall. Congratulations and good luck, Jack!
3/3/14 My latest peer-reviewed rant (with coauthor Becca Price) was published today in CBE Life Sciences Education.
1/9/14 I'm proud of two items released this week: our PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases paper Cofactor-Independent Phosphoglycerate Mutase from Nematodes Has Limited Druggability, as Revealed by Two High-Throughput Screens ... and my latest science song.
10/5/13 Two American Chemical Society journal articles in one week! Our papers on the P. falciparum dUTPase and "Amino Acid Jazz" have been published (online) by ACS Chemical Biology and the Journal of Chemical Education, respectively. If you can't access the full papers and want PDFs, let me know!
9/27/13 Former undergraduate research assistant Mallory Krahn has been accepted to medical school at the University of Kansas. Congrats, Mallory!
6/17/13 Yesterday Jack Jones, a productive undergraduate researcher in our lab for the past two years, graduated from UW with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Congratulations, Jack!
5/17/13 Today our undergraduate research assistant Jack Mo will present "Drug Screening for Malaria Yields Securinine-Related Compounds that Activate Plasmodium falciparum dUTPase" at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium. Good luck, Jack!
4/17/13 Our lab has moved to a new facility at the south end of Lake Union! My contact information page has the details.
1/25/13 Yesterday and today, second-year UW medical student Sara Weller presented her laboratory research from the previous summer at the Western Student Medical Research Forum (WSMRF) in Carmel, California. She received a WAFMR/WSPR subspecialty award for her presentation "A High-Throughput, Mechanism-Based, Whole-Cell Screen Using Escherichia coli to Identify Inhibitors of the Sec Pathway of Bacterial Protein Export." Congratulations, Sara!
9/17/12 New links: my radio interview in the Sept. 11 edition of Biotek Beat, and my article on 3D cell cultures in the Sept. 15 issue of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News.
7/20/12 New this week: a video tutorial and my tweets about omics ethics.
6/13/12 Henry Rosen and I have been awarded a Royalty Research Fund grant of $34,533 to continue our work on the Sec pathway of protein export. Also, UWTV has now posted my UW Mini-Medical School lecture from February. Songs are at 15:00, 21:05, 30:17, 36:10, 39:00, and 43:02.
5/19/12 The 24th annual Seattle Parasitology Conference is in the books. My primary contribution was leading attendees in a sing-along song about the life cycle of Plasmodium falciparum. Also, I've been awarded a $50,000 "Challenge Grant" by the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) for a proposal investigating point mutations of glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase.
5/2/12 Here's my latest bit of freelance writing for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News: Biomarker Discovery Methods Evolving.
4/17/12 The first meeting of Science Online Seattle was last night. It was attended by a highly engaged bunch of scientists, journalists, lay people, etc. I tried to capture some highlights in real time on Twitter and later compiled the tweets into a blog post.
3/1/12 Two pieces, very different from each other and from traditional research articles, were published today. I acted as a science journalist in preparing NGS advances spawn novel challenges for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News. And my thoughts about educational science songs are summarized in a CBE-Life Sciences Education article titled Using science songs to enhance learning: an interdisciplinary approach.
1/17/12 Two new articles of mine are now available online (to those with electronic access to the journals, anyway). Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (BAMBED) has published The database: an educational resource for instructors and students. The Journal of Biomolecular Screening has published A mechanism-based whole-cell screening assay to identify inhibitors of protein export in Escherichia coli by the Sec Pathway.
11/17/11 I was quoted in's coverage of a new liver-stage malaria drug development study by Stephan Meister et al.
9/1/11 The September 2011 issue of Acta Crystallographica Section F is devoted entirely to publications from the Seattle Structural Genomics Center for Infectious Disease (SSGCID), in which the Van Voorhis lab plays a major role. I am a coauthor of one paper (Expression of proteins in Escherichia coli as fusions with maltose-binding protein to rescue non-expressed targets in a high-throughput protein expression and purification pipeline) but was not involved in the other 29.
2/24/11 Money 4 Drugz, a summary of our lab's research in the format of a rap video, took 1st Prize at the 2011 UW Pocketmedia Film Festival!
1/6/11 Today I gave a brief talk -- "Global health, neglected diseases, and drug development: a newcomer's perspective" -- to students from Glacier Peak High School. My slides are posted to SlideShare.
11/9/10 A recent foray into critiquing media coverage of science has been posted at The title of my post is Marathoning Is Hard; So Is Science Journalism.
9/24/10 My slides from the MipTec conference are now posted to SlideShare.
9/10/10 A new paper from our lab and a GNF group led by Kelli Kuhen has been published by Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology. Its title is Identification of inhibitors for putative malaria drug targets amongst novel antimalarial compounds.
9/3/10 Good news for those who have wondered, "What are Greg's all-time favorite enzymes?"! The answers are on my blog.
8/25/10 In May I gave a talk about my research at the Seattle Parasitology Conference. Now that all of the relevant work has been published or accepted for publication, I feel comfortable sharing my slides. The talk was called "Biochemical and bioinformatic investigations of potential drug targets in Plasmodium and other pathogens."
8/24/10 Today PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases published an article coauthored by me and Wes: Identification of Attractive Drug Targets in Neglected-Disease Pathogens Using an In Silico Approach.
6/11/10 Our undergraduate research assistants Kuzma Kovzun and Andrew Thomas have graduated from UW! Andrew's degree is in biology, while Kuzma has a double major in biochemistry and psychology. Congratulations!
5/31/10 Wendy Silk, a plant biologist from UC-Davis, visited last week to work with me on a National Science Foundation-funded pilot project called Undergraduate Biology Education -- Songs for Teaching (UBEST). More information about this project is available at
5/20/10 The UW thermal melt gang contributed to the paper Chemical genetics of Plasmodium falciparum, which was published in Nature today. Congrats to all involved! The News and Views article Drug discovery: Priming the antimalarial pipeline provides additional information about this article and a related one appearing in the same issue of Nature.
12/16/09 Our paper Use of thermal melt curves to assess the quality of enzyme preparations has been published (online) by Analytical Biochemistry. Yippee!
7/15/09 Our paper Buffer optimization of thermal melt assays of Plasmodium proteins for detection of small-molecule ligands has been published in the July 2009 issue of the Journal of Biomolecular Screening.
5/13/09 UW is currently soliciting entries for its Pocketmedia Film Festival. With the help of several colleagues and their children, I have made a short video for this festival. It is sort of about our malaria research.
3/4/09 Diana Chung has been accepted into Ohio State's PharmD/PhD program, and Kuzma Kovzun has been awarded a Mary Gates Research scholarship. Congratulations to both!