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Larval Zebrafish Avoid Obstacles When Escaping Predators [Engert Lab]

In a daily fight for survival, primitive nervous systems evolved the ability to escape from predators using reflexive reactions that save animals from being eaten. As nervous systems…

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MCB’s Annual Gift Drive Will Support the Embrace-A-Family Program

The end of the year is a time to reflect, rush to finish projects, prepare for the upcoming holidays or yearn for the University to close for the…

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Amanda Whipple Receives R35 Grant from the NIH

MCB faculty Amanda Whipple has received an R35 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) from the NIH. The award provides five years of funding to promising early career PIs,…

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John Dowling Honored with 2022 Muse Prize for Excellence in Ophthalmology

The 2022 Albert C. Muse Prize has been awarded to MCB’s John Dowling for extraordinary contributions to the field of ophthalmology by the Eye and Ear Foundation at…

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Adam Dionne from the Prigozhin Lab Honored with Prestigious Undergraduate Research Award

First year SEAS graduate student Adam Dionne is a 2022 LeRoy Apker Awardee for his undergraduate research in active fluid transport networks within a slime mold. Only two…

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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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