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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Intercultural Communication: The Secret to Pneumococcal Success?

In a new research study from the Hiller lab published in PLoS Pathogens, Anagha Kadam and colleagues present the discovery and characterization of a new signaling system in Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus).
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Congratulations, Graduates!

On May 20th, 2017, 11 doctoral, 22 masters and 81 bachelors degrees were conferred at the Department of Biological Sciences diploma ceremony.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Senior Biological Sciences Majors Receive Fulbright Awards to Study Abroad

Two senior biological sciences majors have been named recipients of prestigious Fulbright Awards. Timothy Gao and Philip Nantawisarakul join four other Carnegie Mellon students who will use the awards to study abroad.
Monday, May 08, 2017

Researchers Discover Neuronal Targets That Restore Movement in Model of Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers working in the lab of Aryn Gittis have identified two groups of neurons that can be turned on and off to alleviate the movement-related symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Monday, May 01, 2017

Freshmen Explore Scientific Controversies

New first-year minis dive into the history of developmental biology and controversial studies in neuroscience.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Making Glow in the Dark Bacteria

On March 21st and 22nd, the Department of Biological Sciences Outreach Program hosted 107 high school students to perform a Molecular Biology Transformation Experiment.
Friday, April 07, 2017

Uncovering the Hidden Secrets of Atlastin

Recent work published in the Journal of Cell Biology by graduate student James Winsor in the Lee lab has helped to shed light on how this poorly understood fusion catalyst functions. This study focused on the role of crossover, a large conformational shift that occurs during or just prior to fusion.
Monday, April 03, 2017

The Power of Three

Two Biological Sciences PhD students, Emily Simon and Surya Aggarwal, are among the finalists for the Three Minute Thesis "3MT" competition hosted by Carnegie Mellon University Libraries.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Scott Keith Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Scott Keith, a second-year Ph.D. candidate in the McCartney Lab, was recently announced as a recipient of this year’s NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Keith's proposed research focuses on symbiotic relationships between animals and microbes, and how these relationships can impact host health, physiology, and behavior.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CMU Neuroscientists Lay Groundwork for Identifying the Algorithm Behind Information Processing in the Neocortex

Neuroscientists at Carnegie Mellon University have identified principles for information processing in the neocortex, an evolutionarily expanded area of the brain critical for cognition.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New Names for Old Gene Transfers

Research by Dannie Durand and her students fills a gap in a widely-used framework for classifying the evolutionary relationships between genes, reported in the March 1, 2017, issue of Bioinformatics.
Friday, March 17, 2017

CRIME Pays... in Genome Science!

In a new research paper from the Mitchell lab, second-year PhD student Manning Huang presents a high-speed next-gen marker recycling approach called CRISPR-Cas9-Induced Marker Excision, or CRIME. The method relies upon the genome editing activity of the CRISPR-Cas9 nuclease, along with the cell's native genome repair pathways.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tracing the Evolutionary History of Cancers

Russell Schwartz, Professor of Biological Sciences, with co-author Alejandro A. Schäffer, of the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), have recently published "The evolution of tumour phylogenetics: principles and practice1," a review of the use of phylogenetics (evolutionary tree inference) to study tumor development.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Insights into Molecular Mechanisms Ensuring Proper Assembly of Ribosomes

In the Woolford lab, recent alumna Salini Konikkat took on research aimed at understanding the mechanism of action of a ribosomal assembly factor, Erb1.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Expanding a Model Gene Regulatory Network

Recently, the Ettensohn lab published two papers that expand a model gene regulatory network (one that controls the formation of the skeleton in sea urchins) by identifying important new genes in this network.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Shedding Light on Genomic Dark Matter

New NIH R01 funding will support molecular and computational studies in the McManus lab to reveal the secrets of genomic dark matter.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

MCS Alumni Win Alumni Achievement Awards

The Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Association has named two Mellon College of Science alumni as recipients of 2017 Alumni Awards.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

New Fall Courses: Cancer, Stem Cells, Personal Genomics, Molecular Neuroscience, and Genome Editing

A look at the new courses designed to capture the cutting edge of biomedical science, including Cancer Biology, Genome Editing Biotechnology, Biochemistry of the Brain, and Modern Biology.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Katie Lagree and Surya Aggarwal Receive Stupakoff Scientific Achievement Award

Katie Lagree and Surya Aggarwal have been chosen as the recipients of the 2017 Stupakoff Scientific Achievement Award, an honor presented to CMU Biological Sciences Ph.D. students annually.
Friday, January 13, 2017

Carnegie Mellon University Hosts Newest Chapter of National Neuroscience Honor Society

Almost exactly on the 10th anniversary of the founding of Nu Rho Psi (ΝΡΨ), Carnegie Mellon was approved to shelter the “Theta in Pennsylvania” chapter, which is the newest of the 68 chapters at universities around the United States.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Biological Sciences Student Katherine Huang Wins Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Award

Biological Sciences student Katherine Huang received first place in the college poetry category of Carnegie Mellon University’s 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards for her poem "Microdermabrasion."