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Monday, December 20, 2021
Memory Storage and Synaptic Plasticity Can Occur Without an Engram in the Sensory Cortex
Memories 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.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Carnegie Mellon Biologists Awarded Grants from Pittsburgh Foundation’s Kaufman Fund
Three 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.
Tuesday, December 07, 2021
Bruchez Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow
Marcel 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.
Friday, November 12, 2021
Carnegie Mellon Mourns Glen de Vries
The 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.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Students and Science Flourish at ComSciCon
MCS graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff participate in flagship science communication workshop.
Thursday, October 07, 2021
Research Shows Promising Results for Parkinson's Disease Treatment
Researchers 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.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Machine Learning Algorithm Revolutionizes How Scientists Study Behavior
A 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.
Monday, August 30, 2021
Carnegie Mellon University and Emerald Cloud Lab to Build World’s First University Cloud Lab
Carnegie 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. .
Friday, August 27, 2021
Introducing Assistant Professors En Cai and Zheng Kuang
Two 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.
Friday, August 13, 2021
Karina Mueller Brown Wins De Vries Fellowship
Biological 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.
Monday, July 26, 2021
Pneumococcal Extracellular Vesicles Modulate the Immune Response
Small 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.
Monday, June 14, 2021
The Wonder of Biology
The 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.
Tuesday, June 08, 2021
New Course Bridges Divide Between Art and Science
A 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.
Friday, May 21, 2021
DJ Brasier Receives Julius Ashkin Teaching Award
Associate Teaching Professor of Biological Sciences Daniel "DJ" Brasier has received the college’s 2021 Julius Ashkin Teaching Award for his engaging and accessible teaching.
Thursday, 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 Green
Carnegie 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.
Thursday, May 06, 2021
Biology in Your Basement
This spring, Lynley Doonan offered the newly designed course Biology in Your Basement as a seven-week mini elective.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Senior Grace Wolczanski Receives Carnegie Mellon Women’s Association Scholarship
Grace 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.
Friday, April 16, 2021
Tarantula’s Ubiquity Traced Back to the Cretaceous
Tarantulas 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.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
How pathogenic bacteria weather the slings and arrows of infection
Infectious 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.
Friday, March 12, 2021
A Tartan Team Effort
Jon 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.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Strengthening the Chain
First, 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.
Monday, February 15, 2021
A Driving Force
Alumna’s push to advance equity and inclusion has been with her since her time as an undergrad
Tuesday, February 02, 2021
Scoring a Goal with STEM
In the Fall 2020, Soccer and Science launched in the greater Pittsburgh community, bringing fun, easy, interactive science experiments to children of refugees and immigrants.
Friday, January 29, 2021
Switches and Kernels Allow for Novelty in Early Development
To understand how changes, or novelty, is incorporated into early development without impacting viability, Veronica Hinman’s lab assembled the gene regulatory network of the sea urchin and compared it to the previously described gene regulatory network of the sea star.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Neuroscience for Nonmajors
Arula Ratnakar teaches a neuroscience course for nonmajors through CMU's StuCo program.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Making an Impact
Recent Mellon College of Science graduate Cory Bird was honored with the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association's 2020 Student Engagement Award to be presented Dec. 16 at a virtual Alumni Awards ceremony.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
MCS Announces Recipients of DSF Rapid Seed Funding for COVID-19 Research
The grants are part of an innovative block grant program for interdisciplinary basic life science research supported by a generous $4 million gift from the DSF Charitable Foundation and administered by MCS.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
New Technique Isolates Brain Cells Associated With Parkinson's Disease
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new technique for isolating a type of brain cell associated with Parkinson's disease symptoms, enabling them to study that cell type in detail.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
New Program Prepares Students for the Pharmaceutical Industry
The Master’s in Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Engineering (MS-BTPE) is a new program launching through a joint effort between Biological Sciences and Chemical Engineering that takes advantage of CMU’s unique culture of collaboration by bringing together the foundational, fundamental, and entrepreneurial expertise of both departments to prepare students for careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
A Protein Pioneer
Alumna Amber Lucas’ protein sample kits help researchers get critical therapies and diagnostic tools to market quickly and safely.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Biology Professor Huaiying Zhang Receives NIH Grant to Study Mechanisms of Cancer Growth
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemical Engineering Huaiying Zhang has received a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how abnormalities in the nuclear organization of a type of cancer cell affects their development.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Yttri, Verstynen Awarded Grant for Work on Decision Making
Carnegie Mellon University researchers Eric Yttri and Timothy Verstynen and their collaborators have been granted over $1 million from the National Institutes for Health for work on decision making.
Friday, October 02, 2020
Alumna Denise Asafu-Adjei is reframing the doctor-patient relationship and helping to diversify the field.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
MCS Students Learn to Use Automated Science Remotely
After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic forced Mellon College of Science researchers out of their labs, a group of undergraduate students took the opportunity to learn about the burgeoning field of automated science with the help of the innovative Emerald Cloud Lab (ECL).
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Scientists discover why tarantulas come in vivid blues and greens
Researchers from Yale-NUS College and Carnegie Mellon University have discovered that tarantulas have the ability to see in color, contrary to previous thought, and suggest functions for their green and blue coloration
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
New Student Coalition Drives Civic Engagement
Before COVID-19, multiple student organizations at Carnegie Mellon University followed the U.S. presidential primaries, viewing them through the lens of the issues they cared about most. Groups like the Roosevelt Institute and Sustainable Earth hosted debate watch parties with food, games and good company to spur discussion and help students decide how to complete their ballots.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
The Path to A Vaccine
Alumnus Andrei Tadique heads the development of scaling up promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates
Wednesday, September 09, 2020
SURF Study Explores the Question: What Makes Someone Attractive?
Dominique Powell aims to make research related to partner selection more inclusive
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Welcome Incoming Ph.D. Students!
The department welcomes our incoming cohort of Ph.D. students.
Monday, August 17, 2020
Carnegie Mellon Qatar Appoints Associate Dean for Diversity, Climate
The dean of Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) has created a new leadership role to oversee and guide the campus’ efforts to become a more diverse, inclusive and equitable learning and working community.
Friday, July 31, 2020
Graduate Students Receive Fellowships to Support their Research
Five Mellon College of Science graduate students have received fellowships this year to support their impactful research.
Friday, July 31, 2020
Biological Sciences Professor Receives Grant to Study the Genome
Professor of Biological Sciences Charles Ettensohn has received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support his research into how an organism's genome regulates the development of its body from scratch.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Ph.D. Students To Enhance STEM Diversity Through Podcast and Outreach
Biological Sciences Ph.D. candidates Alyssa Lawler and Sarah Werner received the Department of Biological Sciences’ Margaret Carver Award for Enhancing Diversity, Equitability and Inclusion. The $5,000 award can be used for any endeavor that enhances diversity, equitability and inclusion in the Carnegie Mellon University or wider community.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Biological Sciences Department Celebrates Award-Winning Ph.D. Students and Fellows
Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Biological Sciences held a virtual awards ceremony to honor its doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows who received departmental awards.
Monday, July 06, 2020
Unlocking the Power of Stem Cells
After nearly 20 years, alumnus Robert Mays is on the brink of bringing a groundbreaking stem cell therapy to market – just in time to help those suffering from COVID-19.
Friday, June 19, 2020
Schwartz Named Head of CMU's Computational Biology Department
Martial Hebert, dean of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, has named Russell Schwartz the new head of the Computational Biology Department, effective July 1.
Monday, June 01, 2020
Class of 2020 Graduate Awarded Fulbright Grant to Teach English Abroad
Namita Thomas, bachelor of science in biological sciences, applied for a Fulbright grant for the 2020-2021 cycle through CMU's Fellowships and Scholarships Office, which helped seven recent graduates complete successful applications for this year's grants.
Thursday, May 07, 2020
Defending by Zoom
In early March, Carnegie Mellon University moved to remote instruction and closed all but essential campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. As classes, meetings and office hours moved to Zoom, so did graduate student thesis defenses. Despite the unusual circumstances, several MCS Ph.D. candidates ran with this new normal to make their defense experiences memorable.
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Biological Sciences Faculty Recognized with Carnegie Mellon's Teaching Innovation Award
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Amy Burkert Honored with Carnegie Mellon Doherty Award
Vice Provost for Education Amy Burkert was honored with the university’s Robert E. Doherty Award for Sustained Contributions to Excellence in Education.
Monday, April 13, 2020
Junior Cassie Bishop Selected as Goldwater Scholar
Cassie Bishop, a junior biological sciences major, has been named a 2020 Barry Goldwater Scholar by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The prestigious award supports students who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, engineering and math.
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Meet MCS's GSA Departmental Reps
Meet MCS GSA Departmental Reps
Monday, April 06, 2020
Surya Aggarwal Receives Graduate Student Service Award
Biological Sciences Ph.D. candidate Surya D. Aggarwal received Carnegie Mellon University’s Graduate Student Service Award. The award is given annually to a graduate student who has advanced the interests of fellow graduate students, improved their quality of life on campus and/or contributed to the larger academic community.
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Using Chemistry as a Lens to Aid in Diagnosing Diseases
A team of researchers led by a Carnegie Mellon Biological Sciences researcher has improved a powerful cellular magnification technique, making it more practical for use in clinical settings.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Intralipid Improves Efficacy of Chemotherapy Treatment
Pairing chemotherapy nanodrugs with a nutritional supplement can lessen devastating side-effects while reducing the amount of the expensive drugs needed to treat cancer according to a study from Carnegie Mellon University and Taiwan’s National Health Research Institutes. In addition, pretreatment with the supplement promotes the production of tumor-killing macrophages, making it a promising complement and supplement to existing chemotherapies.
Monday, February 24, 2020
BRAIN Initiative Highlights Aryn Gittis' Parkinson's Research in Video
The BRAIN Initiative met with Carnegie Mellon University faculty member Dr. Aryn Gittis about her research on the basal ganglia and how it may lead to improved treatments for patients with Parkinson's disease.
Monday, January 27, 2020
The Future of Human Healing Lies in the Brain of a Starfish
Stem cell therapy is about to get a whole lot cheaper, thanks to the incredible regenerative powers of starfish and work being done by Professor and Head of Biological Sciences Veronica Hinman and Professor of Chemical Enginering Kris Noel Dahl with supported funding from the DSF Charitable Foundation block grant program.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Carnegie Mellon Chosen to Host Beckman Scholars Program
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation has selected Carnegie Mellon University as a recipient of a 2020 Beckman Scholars Program Award. Carnegie Mellon was one of 12 universities chosen this year by the foundation to host a Beckman Scholars Program. Exceptional undergraduates from the departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry will be eligible for the program. The Scholars will participate in a 15-month mentored research experience where they will learn from some of the university’s top researchers.
Friday, January 03, 2020
From Neuroscience to Novels
Carnegie Mellon University junior Kendra Adegbesan has been able to conduct research on the neuroscience of Parkinson’s disease without losing touch with her passion for fiction.
Friday, December 20, 2019
Achievement in Athletics and Academics
Thirty-one Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes were recognized at the sixth annual Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Celebration in the Posner Center.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Murphy Named 2020 IEEE Fellow
Robert F. Murphy, the Ray and Stephanie Lane Professor of Computational Biology and head of the Computational Biology Department at Carnegie Mellon University, has been elevated to fellow status in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest technical professional organization.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Carnegie Mellon Scientists Develop High-Throughput Fluorescence Technique for Synapse Analysis
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Biological Sciences have developed a new fluorescence-based technique that allows for the analysis of hundreds of thousands of synapses at a time. The new, high-throughput method for mapping the distribution of synapses on a neuron will accelerate neuroscience research on synaptic connectivity and how it changes during development, learning and disease.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Research Sheds Light on the Regulation of Gene Expression
New research led by Carnegie Mellon University Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Joel McManus reveals how a group of poorly understood nucleotide sequences in our DNA have a major impact on gene expression.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Aryn Gittis Awarded Grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation
Neuroscientist Aryn Gittis, an associate professor of biological sciences in the Mellon College of Science and member of the Carnegie Mellon Neuroscience Institute, has been awarded a grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation to advance her research on new treatment methods for Parkinson’s disease.
Friday, October 04, 2019
Eric Yttri Awarded Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant for Study on Value
Eric Yttri, an assistant professor of biological sciences and member of the Carnegie Mellon Neuroscience Institute, is a recipient of a 2019 seed grant from the Brain Research Foundation. The Yttri lab will use the funding for work on a new project to understand how value guides which behaviors we perform.
Monday, September 30, 2019
MCS Welcomes Its First Tartan Scholars
This semester, Carnegie Mellon University welcomed its first cohort of Tartan Scholars to campus. The Tartan Scholars program seeks to build a community of support and leadership among incoming first-year students who are academically high-achieving and come from low-income backgrounds.
Friday, September 13, 2019
MCS Faculty Honored with Professorships
Six Mellon College of Science (MCS) faculty members have been honored with professorships to support their work in biological sciences and physics. Alison Barth, Luisa Hiller, Veronica Hinman, Benjamin Hunt, Sandra Kuhlman and Curtis Meyer were recognized at a reception Sept. 12 in the Mellon Institute.
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
MCS Students Seek to Make an Impact as Fifth Year Scholars
Cory Bird and Miranda Mlincek have something in common — they felt that Carnegie Mellon University was missing something and they had an idea for how to change that. To accomplish their goals, the pair will be returning to campus this fall as part of the university’s Fifth Year Scholar program.
Friday, August 30, 2019
Huaiying Zhang Receives Kaufman Foundation New Investigator Award
Carnegie Mellon University Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Huaiying Zhang has received a New Investigator Award from the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation. The $150,000 grant will support her research on the physics and chemistry of liquid condensation in live cells, which could inform the development of new treatments for cancer
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
3D Printing Nanoparticle Neural Probes
Carnegie Mellon University’s Rahul Panat and Eric Yttri have received a R01 grant of $1.95 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use a low-cost, rapid additive manufacturing method to create a new class of high-density neural probes to record neurological data.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Runaway Mitochondria Cause Telomere Damage in Cells
Using a technology developed by Carnegie Mellon University's Marcel Bruchez, researchers at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center have provided the first concrete evidence for the long-held belief that sick mitochondria pollute the cells they're supposed to be supplying with power.
Monday, July 29, 2019
Jason D’Antonio Selected to AMCAS Advisory Committee
Jason D’Antonio, director of the Health Professions Program and Biological Sciences assistant teaching professor, was appointed to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) Advisory Committee.
Monday, July 29, 2019
Molecular Sensor Scouts DNA Damage and Supervises Repair
In the time it takes you to read this sentence, every cell in your body suffers some form of DNA damage. Without vigilant repair, cancer would run rampant, and now scientists at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University have gotten a glimpse of how one protein in particular keeps DNA damage in check.
Monday, July 22, 2019
Veronica Hinman Appointed Head of Department of Biological Sciences
Veronica Hinman, an expert in the field of evolutionary and developmental biology and a member of the Carnegie Mellon University faculty since 2006, has been named head of the Department of Biological Sciences in the Mellon College of Science.
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