News from 2019

  • Research

The Beginning of the End for Ricin Starts at the Tail [Denic Lab]

In the late 1970’s, the KGB inducted ricin into the “cloak and dagger” hall-of-fame by turning a more or less innocuous umbrella tip into their assassin’s weapon of…

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  • Education, Research

New MCB Professor Amanda Whipple Launches RNA Biology Lab

Toward the end of her Ph.D. training, Amanda Whipple (née Ward) faced a dilemma: She could continue to satisfy her curiosity through basic research or adopt an industry…

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  • Research

Joshua Sanes Receives Cowan Award for Research on Neural Development

MCB faculty Joshua Sanes is the 2019 recipient of the W. Maxwell Cowan Award for achievement in the study of neural development. The biennial award was established in…

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  • Research

Nick Bellono Receives the New York Stem Cell Foundation’s Robertson Award

  The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) has named MCB faculty Nicholas Bellono as a recipient of the 2019 Robertson Investigator Award. The award provides five years…

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  • Education, Research

Dulac Receives Award from Society for Neuroscience

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) has named MCB faculty Catherine Dulac as a recipient of the 2019 Ralph W. Gerard Prize. The prize honors lifetime achievement in neuroscience…

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  • Research

A Homeostatic Circuit for Hunger [Engert and Kunes Labs]

Decades ago, pioneering studies in cats and rodents identified regions within an ancient part of the brain, the hypothalamus, that are sufficient to increase or reduce appetite. Stimulating…

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Nramp is Quite Different from the Textbook Description of a Secondary Transporter! [Gaudet Lab]

Organisms must accumulate scarce nutrients from their environments to survive. This often involves moving molecules up a concentration gradient, which is entropically unfavorable. Active transport proteins embedded in…

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  • Education, Research

For Signaling Receptors, Location Matters [Ramanathan Lab]

For embryos to develop properly, cells must communicate with one another over long ranges through diffusive chemical signals called morphogens. These signals act as instructive cues for the…

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  • Research

For Bacillus subtilis, Fate is Just a Game [Losick Lab]

Bacillus subtilis is a bacterium with many talents. Some cells devote themselves to exploration, abandoning their relatives to live as swimming ‘motile’ cells. Others instead choose a cooperative,…

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  • Education, Research

Harvard Junior Fellow Kapil Ramachandran Receives Prestigious NIH Director’s Early Independence Award

The signal kept vanishing, but Kapil Ramachandran (@KVRamachandran5) kept searching for it. The then-graduate-student at Johns Hopkins was using tracing molecules called “radiolabels” to follow the life of…

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