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Learning the Rules of Cooperation from Ants to Make Collaborative Robots

Collective problem-solving is a prominent signature of animal societies. It’s a hallmark of the human race, but we’re not the only ones. Ants, like us, cooperate with each…

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Building Bridges Home: MCO PhD Candidate Creates Puerto Rico-focused STEM Outreach Program

Alexa Pérez-Torres, a doctoral candidate in MCO, has started a STEM outreach program to better prepare students in her home of Puerto Rico for the rigors of graduate…

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How E. coli Bacteria Activate a Toxin They Produce in a Way That Avoids Self-harm [Gaudet- and Balskus Labs]

The microorganisms living in, on, and around us, collectively known as the microbiome, produce metabolites that affect our health. Some of these molecules are essential for our wellbeing,…

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Inversions, Inversions Everywhere [Hoekstra Lab]

Chromosomal inversions are a form of genetic mutation in which a segment of DNA reverses orientation along a chromosome. Inversions were first discovered over 100 years ago by…

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MCB Has an Assistant Professor Search Underway. Apply!

We seek applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. MCB is a tight-knit, supportive and collaborative research community with interests in a broad range…

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Daniyal Sachee (Neuro ‘23) Becomes Class of ‘23 Program Marshal

Neuroscience concentrator Daniyal Sachee (‘23) has been elected to the 2023 Senior Class Committee, where he will serve as a program marshal. The class committee includes both program…

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MCB Research Retreat Awards Celebrate Community Members’ Accomplishments

The annual MCB Research Retreat includes an award ceremony, celebrating people across the department. This year marked the inaugural instantiation of the MCB Mentorship Award, which went to…

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Faculty Spotlight: Ryan Nett

Plant biochemist Ryan Nett has joined MCB as an Assistant Professor. His lab will investigate how plants build small molecules, including compounds with medicinal potential. He is also…

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Approach, Engage, or Avoid? How Mice React to Strange Objects [Uchida Lab]

In their everyday lives, animals face unusual scents and unfamiliar objects that pose difficult problems, such as: should the animal approach, avoid, or ignore strange stimuli? Choosing appropriately…

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