News from 2016

  • Research

DECIPHERING PROTEIN INTERFACES THAT HELP WIRE THE BRAIN [GAUDET LAB]

During brain development, neurons connect with each other using branched projections called dendrites. As a dendrite extends away from its neuron’s cell body to connect with dendrites from…

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THREE DECADES OF NANOPORE SEQUENCING [DANIEL BRANTON]

This historical perspective describes research on nano-scale pores initiated by Prof. David Deamer (UC Santa Cruz) and myself.   Many researchers were stimulated by the early papers from Deamer’s…

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RECONSTRUCTION OF GENETICALLY IDENTIFIED NEURONS IMAGED BY SERIAL-SECTION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY [SANES AND LICHTMAN LABS]

Neurons connect with each other to form complex circuits that underlie mental activities. Mapping these connections to obtain a so-called wiring diagram is an essential step in learning…

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  • Education

GRADUATE STUDENT INITIATIVES: SCIENCE CLUB LATIN AMERICA

  Despite the worldwide proliferation of STEM careers, Latin Americans remain underrepresented in the global scientific community. “I think the common denominator for each of us,” suggests Mohammed…

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NEUROBIOLOGY IN THE FACULTY OF ARTS & SCIENCES AT HARVARD: A PERSONAL VIEW

During my years as an undergraduate, graduate student, and junior faculty member at Harvard, from 1953-1964, neurobiology was not recognized as a separate discipline. Indeed, the term neurobiology…

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TURNING UP THE HEAT ON PROTEIN FOLDING BY TURNING DOWN HEAT SHOCK FACTOR [DENIC LAB]

(l to r) David Pincus, Eric Solís, Vlad Denic No matter where you fall on the spectrum of libertarianism this election year, you can hopefully appreciate that the…

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CRISPR CELL LINEAGES [SCHIER LAB]

The cells in a multicellular organism develop via a lineage that starts with the fertilized egg. Lineage trees describe the divisions and specializations of cells over time, as…

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  • Education

ANNUAL BOSTON BACTERIAL MEETING TO BE HELD AT MIT JUNE 14-15

Registration is open for the 2016 Boston Bacterial Meeting! For over 20 years, the annual Boston Bacterial Meeting (BBM) has brought together microbiologists from both academic and industrial…

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