2021 News Articles
Memory Storage and Synaptic Plasticity Can Occur Without an Engram in the Sensory CortexMemories may not be stored in the brain’s somatosensory cortex in the same way they are stored in other areas of the brain according to a study published by Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientists in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Carnegie Mellon Biologists Awarded Grants from Pittsburgh Foundation’s Kaufman FundThree Carnegie Mellon Department of Biological Sciences faculty members have received grants from The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, part of The Pittsburgh Foundation, which today announced $2.1 million in funding to support scientific research at institutions across Pennsylvania.
Bruchez Named National Academy of Inventors FellowMarcel Bruchez, professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry and director of the Molecular Biosensor and Imaging Center at Carnegie Mellon University’s Mellon College of Science has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
Carnegie Mellon Mourns Glen de VriesFriday, November 12, 2021
Carnegie Mellon Mourns Glen de VriesThe Carnegie Mellon University community is mourning the loss of alumnus and Trustee Glen de Vries, who died tragically on Nov. 11 in an airplane crash in New Jersey.
Students and Science Flourish at ComSciConWednesday, October 20, 2021
Students and Science Flourish at ComSciConMCS graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff participate in flagship science communication workshop.
Research Shows Promising Results for Parkinson's Disease TreatmentThursday, October 07, 2021
Research Shows Promising Results for Parkinson's Disease TreatmentResearchers from Carnegie Mellon University have found a way to make deep brain stimulation (DBS) more precise, resulting in therapeutic effects that outlast what is currently available. The work, led by Aryn Gittis and colleagues in CMU’s Gittis Lab and published in Science, will significantly advance the study of Parkinson’s disease.
Machine Learning Algorithm Revolutionizes How Scientists Study BehaviorTuesday, August 31, 2021
Machine Learning Algorithm Revolutionizes How Scientists Study BehaviorA new unsupervised machine learning algorithm developed by Eric Yttri and Alex Hsu makes studying behavior much easier and more accurate. The researchers published a paper on the new tool, B-SOiD (Behavioral segmentation of open field in DeepLabCut), in Nature Communications.
Carnegie Mellon University and Emerald Cloud Lab to Build World’s First University Cloud LabMonday, August 30, 2021
Carnegie Mellon University and Emerald Cloud Lab to Build World’s First University Cloud LabCarnegie Mellon University and Emerald Cloud Lab (ECL) have entered into a partnership to build the world’s first cloud lab in an academic setting. The remote-controlled lab will provide a universal platform for artificial intelligence-driven experimentation and revolutionize how academic laboratory research and education are done, accelerating the pace of discovery as part of Carnegie Mellon’s $250 million investment in state-of-the art science facilities. .
Introducing Assistant Professors En Cai and Zheng KuangFriday, August 27, 2021
Introducing Assistant Professors En Cai and Zheng KuangTwo new professors opened up their labs in the department this spring. We are excited to introduce you to assistant professors En Cai and Zheng Kuang.
Karina Mueller Brown Wins De Vries FellowshipFriday, August 13, 2021
Karina Mueller Brown Wins De Vries FellowshipBiological Sciences Ph.D. student Karina Mueller Brown has received the Glen de Vries Fellowship. The fellowship, made possible by the generosity of MCS alumnus, Carnegie Mellon trustee and founder of Medidata Solutions, Glen de Vries, recognizes outstanding research achievement and potential among Ph.D. students in biological sciences.
Pneumococcal Extracellular Vesicles Modulate the Immune ResponseMonday, July 26, 2021
Pneumococcal Extracellular Vesicles Modulate the Immune ResponseSmall vesicles secreted by bacterial cells play a role in recruiting immune cells but surprisingly also might help to protect the pathogens, according to a new study from Carnegie Mellon University researchers published in mBio. The study is one of the first studies to look at the role of extracellular vesicles released by the pathogen pneumococcus in vivo and may provide a new avenue for vaccine development.
The Wonder of BiologyMonday, June 14, 2021
The Wonder of BiologyThe past year reminded Mellon College of Science alumnus Amit Srivastava of an earlier period in his life, during which he also worked unceasingly on the task in front of him. But this time, instead of working on a Carnegie Mellon University Ph.D. in biological sciences, his sleepless nights and rushed meals contributed to the efforts to give the world a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel.
New Course Bridges Divide Between Art and ScienceTuesday, June 08, 2021
New Course Bridges Divide Between Art and ScienceA new class taught by Rich Pell, an associate professor in the School of Art, and William Hatleberg, a postdoctoral researcher in biological sciences, aims to dispel the false dichotomy between art and science and show students how these two disciplines can work together.
DJ Brasier Receives Julius Ashkin Teaching AwardFriday, May 21, 2021
DJ Brasier Receives Julius Ashkin Teaching AwardAssociate Teaching Professor of Biological Sciences Daniel "DJ" Brasier has received the college’s 2021 Julius Ashkin Teaching Award for his engaging and accessible teaching.
Carnegie Mellon, Richard King Mellon Foundation Announce Historic Partnership to Accelerate CMU’s Science and Technology Leadership and the Transformation of Hazelwood GreenThursday, May 20, 2021
Carnegie Mellon, Richard King Mellon Foundation Announce Historic Partnership to Accelerate CMU’s Science and Technology Leadership and the Transformation of Hazelwood GreenCarnegie Mellon University and the Richard King Mellon Foundation today announced that the two longtime partners will together make a transformational investment in science and technology leadership at the university; in a more vibrant future for the Hazelwood neighborhood; and in Pittsburgh’s ongoing economic renaissance.
Biology in Your BasementThursday, May 06, 2021
Biology in Your BasementThis spring, Lynley Doonan offered the newly designed course Biology in Your Basement as a seven-week mini elective.
Senior Grace Wolczanski Receives Carnegie Mellon Women’s Association ScholarshipTuesday, April 27, 2021
Senior Grace Wolczanski Receives Carnegie Mellon Women’s Association ScholarshipGrace Wolczanski was honored, along with six of her peers from each of the university's colleges, at the CMWA’s Spring Awards Reception with a $2,000 scholarship.
Tarantula’s Ubiquity Traced Back to the CretaceousFriday, April 16, 2021
Tarantula’s Ubiquity Traced Back to the CretaceousTarantulas are among the most notorious spiders, due in part to their size, vibrant colors and prevalence throughout the world. But one thing most people don’t know is that tarantulas are homebodies. Females and their young rarely leave their burrows and only mature males will wander to seek out a mate. How then did such a sedentary spider come to inhabit six out of seven continents? An international team of researchers, including Carnegie Mellon University’s Saoirse Foley, set out on an ancestry.com-like investigation to find the answer to this question.
How pathogenic bacteria weather the slings and arrows of infectionWednesday, March 31, 2021
How pathogenic bacteria weather the slings and arrows of infectionInfectious diseases are a leading cause of global mortality. During an infection, bacteria experience many different stresses — some from the host itself, some from co-colonizing microbes and others from therapies employed to treat the infection. In this arms race to outwit their competition, bacteria have evolved mechanisms to stay alive in the face of adversities. One such mechanism is the stringent response pathway. Understanding how the activation of the stringent response pathway is controlled can provide clues to treat infection.
A Tartan Team EffortFriday, March 12, 2021
A Tartan Team EffortJon Minden, professor of biological sciences, worked closely with the Tartan Testing Program to help put testing processes and protocols in place during the creation of the facility.
Strengthening the ChainWednesday, February 24, 2021
Strengthening the ChainFirst, it was PPE. Then hand sanitizer. Now, it’s a vaccine that must be kept under extreme refrigeration. Whatever the material needs are for a global pandemic or other health care challenge, alumna Nicolette Louissaint finds a way to connect supplies with those who need them.
A Driving ForceMonday, February 15, 2021
A Driving ForceAlumna’s push to advance equity and inclusion has been with her since her time as an undergrad
Scoring a Goal with STEMTuesday, February 02, 2021
Scoring a Goal with STEMIn the Fall 2020, Soccer and Science launched in the greater Pittsburgh community, bringing fun, easy, interactive science experiments to children of refugees and immigrants.
Switches and Kernels Allow for Novelty in Early DevelopmentFriday, January 29, 2021