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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.
Friday, July 12, 2019
Ph.D. Candidates Awarded 2019 Glen de Vries Graduate Fellowship
Andrew Wolff and Surya Aggarwal, Ph.D. candidates in the Department of Biological Sciences, have been named recipients of the 2019 Glen de Vries Graduate Fellowship.
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Carnegie Mellon Research Identifies New Pathways for Sensory Learning in the Brain
A research team led by Carnegie Mellon neuroscientist Alison Barth has used the automated technology to identify new, previously unidentified pathways activated when the brain rewires its circuits in response to experience. Their findings are published online in Neuron.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Microscopy and VR Illuminate New Ways to Prevent and Treat Disease
A combined research team from Carnegie Mellon University and Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is pairing a nanoscale imaging technique with virtual reality technology to create a method that allows researchers to “step inside” their biological data.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Study Finds Direct Oxidative Stress Damage Shortens Telomeres
A new study from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, published in Molecular Cell, provides the first smoking gun evidence that oxidative stress acts directly on telomeres to hasten cellular aging.
Monday, May 06, 2019
Senior Lauren Nazzaro Receives Carnegie Mellon Women’s Association Scholarship
Senior Lauren Nazzaro's dedication as a leader and mentor have earned her an early graduation gift from the Carnegie Mellon Women's Association (CMWA). She was honored, along with six of her peers from each of the university's colleges, at the CMWA’s Spring Awards Reception with a $1,000 scholarship.
Monday, April 22, 2019
CMU Team’s Creation Reveals How Mechanical Forces Control Genes
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a device they believe is “a new milestone” in studying how mechanical forces influence gene expression in fruit fly embryos. The work was featured this month on the cover of the journal Lab on a Chip, the editors of which labeled the research “in the top 10 percent of innovation and impact.”
Friday, April 05, 2019
Alumna Shefali Umrania Works to Reduce Diagnostic Errors in the Health Care Industry
In an office building above the bustling streets of New York City, recent MSCB alumna Shefali Umrania brainstorms novel machine learning ideas that could aid in the diagnostic care of millions of patients. Umrania works at Imagen Technologies, a startup company whose goal is to reduce diagnostic errors from radiology.
Friday, March 29, 2019
Senior Cristina Bañuelos Presents at Two Major Neuroscience Conferences
Biological sciences senior and Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar Cristina Bañuelos recently presented her research at two major neuroscience conferences.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
MCS Announces Recipients of DSF Block Grants
The Mellon College of Science has announced four projects that will be funded through an innovative block grant program for interdisciplinary basic life science research. The grant program is funded by a generous $4 million gift from the DSF Charitable Foundation.
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Symposium at Mellon Institute Highlights Advantages of 'Open Science'
Researchers and students from a variety of disciplines at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh gathered last fall at the Mellon Institute to share tips and challenges around open science with experts from other U.S. universities and companies.
Monday, February 25, 2019
Star Student-Athlete is on Track for Medical Career
Bhanja, a student in the Mellon College of Science who is graduating with a degree in neuroscience with a concentration in neurobiology and a minor in biomedical engineering, is hoping to end her undergraduate career strong in the classroom and as a captain of the women's track and field team.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Finding Common Ground in the Regeneration Process
Sea stars are able to undergo whole-body regeneration, including at their larval stage: once bisected, each half can regrow the missing half. But how is this achieved? In a recent paper, published in BMC Biology, members of the Hinman lab examined regeneration in sea star larvae to better understand how this process works.
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Two MCS Students Win Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards
Biological sciences sophomore Hannah Daniel and Science and Humanities Scholar first-year student Qianou (Christina) Ma both placed first in their respective categories for the 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards.
Monday, January 07, 2019
Impact Proteomics receives NSF Small Business Innovation Research Award
Impact Proteomics, co-founded by Biological Sciences Professor Jonathan Minden and Ph.D. candidate Amber Lucas, has received a $225,000 Phase I Small Business Innovation Research award from the National Science Foundation for further development of their universal proteome sample preparation technology.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Barth Receives NIH Grant to Study Neurons in Alzheimer’s Early Stages
Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientist Alison Barth has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study synapses in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The findings could provide a clue to what happens in the brain during Alzheimer’s before symptoms begin to appear.
Monday, November 05, 2018
Aryn Gittis Receives Society for Neuroscience Career Development Award
Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientist Aryn Gittis has been named a recipient of the Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award from the Society for Neuroscience. She will accept the award at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting held in San Diego, Nov. 3-7.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Neurons Reliably Respond to Straight Lines
Single neurons in the brain’s primary visual cortex can reliably detect straight lines, even though the cellular makeup of the neurons is constantly changing, according to a new study by Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientists, led by Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Sandra Kuhlman.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Researchers Discover What Pneumococcus Says to Make You Sick
CMU researchers have identified a molecule that plays a key role in bacterial communication and infection. Their findings add a new word to pneumococcus’ molecular dictionary and may lead to novel ways to manipulate the bacteria and prevent infection. The findings, from the lab of Luisa Hiller, are published in the Oct. 11 issue of PLOS Pathogens.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Carnegie Mellon Hosts Interdisciplinary Biophysics Workshop on the Structures of the Cell
Last month, Carnegie Mellon University hosted a diverse group of biologists and physicists from around the world to explore groundbreaking research on the intricate subcellular structures that make up living cells. A grant from the DSF Charitable Foundation supported the event.
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Zhao Receives NIH Director’s New Innovator Award
Yongxin (Leon) Zhao, assistant professor of biological sciences at Carnegie Mellon University has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award. The award is part of the National Institutes of Health’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Think Your Passwords Are Old? Bacteria’s Password for Sporulation Hasn’t Changed in 2.7 Billion Years
Carnegie Mellon researchers, led by Dannie Durand, used computational and experimental techniques to study how the signaling network that causes Bacilli and Clostridia to form spores has evolved since the two bacteria diverged from a common ancestor 2.7 billion years ago.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Graduate Student Grassroots Brings Career Development into Focus
Four biological sciences Ph.D. candidates, Amber Lucas, Ardon Shorr, Emily Simon and Dan Wilson, have taken up the charge to bring career development training to the forefront at the Mellon College of Science as members of the Biology Graduate Student Action Committee (bioGSAC).
Friday, September 21, 2018
Dannie Durand Receives NSF “Understanding Rules of Life” Grant
Dannie Durand is one of 29 recipients of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) “Understanding the Rules of Life” grants. The grants are part of a $15 million investment by the NSF to address some of the greatest challenges to understanding the living world.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Alumna Meredith Schmehl Named Nu Rho Psi Outstanding Member of the Year
Recent undergraduate alumna Meredith Schmehl (BS ’18) has been chosen as the 2018-2019 Nu Rho Psi Outstanding Member of the Year. Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Society in Neuroscience, annually recognizes only one member across all of its 83 chapters nationwide.
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Alumna Apeksha Atal Awarded Fulbright to Teach English in Thailand
Recent biological sciences and English graduate Apeksha Atal has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA). Come September, she will begin her year of service teaching English in the Thailand province of Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Friday, August 24, 2018
Department Graduate Students Make Their Voices Heard
Several graduate students from the department have been actively involved in making the most of every graduate student's experience at CMU with their work in the Graduate Student Assembly.
Thursday, August 02, 2018
Aryn Gittis Named Finalist for Science & PINS Prize
Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientist Aryn Gittis was named a finalist for the Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation for her discovery of new therapeutic targets for Parkinson’s disease.
Monday, July 30, 2018
Students Learn How To Speak Up! About Their Studies
MCS Students Place First and Third in SpeakUp! Research Presentation Competition
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