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Monday, February 12, 2018

Data Savvy: Teaching Critical Evaluation Through Scientific Controversies

DJ Brasier, Assistant Department Head for Graduate Affairs, published an instructional guide to teaching students how to read original neurobiology research in the most recent issue of the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education.
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Ph.D. Students Take Charge of Goals with New Committee

BioGSAC is devoted to taking suggestions and concerns of the graduate student body and turning those ideas into actionable items that improve the quality of the entire student educational experience, including the student’s quality of life and community interaction while in the program.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Tagging BK Channels Reveals Subunit Control Functions

Using CRISPR gene targeting technology, researchers in the Bruchez and Barth labs developed a mouse model in which endogenous BK channels are tagged with fluorogen-activating peptides (FAPs), which enables fluorescent imaging of endogenous channels.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Old Dog, New Tricks: How Evolution Transformed a Transcription Factor

A new study by the Ettensohn lab published in eLife sheds light on how protein-level changes in a transcription factor have supported the evolution of a morphological novelty.
Friday, January 19, 2018

BRAIN Initiative Grant Funds Study of Parkinson’s Circuits

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Aryn Gittis has received close to $387,000 from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke through the federal BRAIN Initiative to study neuronal circuits involved in Parkinson’s disease.
Monday, January 15, 2018

CRISPR Biochemist Doudna Wins CMU’s Dickson Prize in Science

CMU has awarded its Dickson Prize in Science to Jennifer A. Doudna, professor of chemistry and molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Doudna is best known for her contributions to developing the gene editing technology CRISPR/Cas9.
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bacterial Gene Acquisition May Drive Niche Expansion

Carnegie Mellon microbiologist Luisa Hiller teamed up with Dannie Durand, Robert Shanks, and Regis Kowalski to explore how evolution enables bacteria to infect different cell types in the human body.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

$10 Million Gift from Alumnus de Vries Endows MCS Deanship

Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Glen de Vries, co-founder and president of Medidata, has donated $10 million to endow the chair of the dean of Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon College of Science (MCS).
Thursday, December 07, 2017

CMU Receives $7.5M in Federal BRAIN Initiative Funding

Researchers from Biological Sciences, Chemistry, MBIC, and PSC have received close to $7.5 million in new funding from the National Institutes of Health through the federal BRAIN Initiative to support innovative research and develop tools that will rapidly advance brain research.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

New Technique Reduces Side-Effects, Improves Delivery of Chemotherapy Nanodrugs

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new method for delivering chemotherapy nanodrugs that increases the drugs’ bioavailability and reduces side-effects.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Carnegie Mellon Professors to Discuss 2017 Nobel Prizes on Nov. 16

A panel of professors from Carnegie Mellon University will discuss the discoveries that won Nobel Prizes this year.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Insights Into Skill Learning

Members of the Gittis lab provided a commentary on a recent article discussing the use of advanced calcium imaging techniques to study the neural circuits mechanisms underlying skill learning and its importance to neuroscience, specifically to motor learning.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Four Ph.D. Students Named Presidential Fellows

Katherine Lagree, James Winsor, Teresa Spix, and Stephanie Biedka have been named Presidential Fellows in the 2017-2018 class of Presidential Fellowships & Scholarships recipients.
Monday, October 16, 2017

DSF Charitable Foundation Gives $4M to Support Cross-Disciplinary Basic Research in Life Sciences

The DSF Charitable Foundation has given $4 million to CMU's Mellon College of Science to support the creation of an innovative block grant program that will fund interdisciplinary research projects in basic science.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Single-Molecule Imaging Reveals Conformational Heterogeneity of a Promiscuous Enzyme

From a study by John Peterson (Ph.D. '15), Frederick Lanni, and Gordon Rule, published this summer in Biochemistry.
Friday, September 29, 2017

Shefali Umrania Earns Computational and Data Science Fellowship

M.S. in Computational Biology student Shefali Umrania has been named a 2017 ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science fellow.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Promising New Target for Antifungal Drug Development

Recent work published in Biochemistry by the Rule lab examines CaTMPKs to reveal unique structural elements that may offer an appropriate target for the development of new antifungal agents.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Introducing Assistant Teaching Professor Stephanie Wong-Noonan

Introducing a new member of the department, Stephanie Wong-Noonan, assistant teaching professor of biological sciences.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Introducing Assistant Professor Yongxin (Leon) Zhao

Introducing a new member of the department, Yongxin (Leon) Zhao, assistant professor of biological sciences.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Introducing Assistant Professor Eric Yttri

Introducing a new member of the Department of Biological Sciences, Assistant Professor Eric Yttri
Friday, August 25, 2017

New Academic Year, New Graduate Students!

The Department of Biological Sciences welcomes all of its new graduate students for the start of the Fall 2017 semester.