Simple Change to Microscope Opens Up a Complex Panorama of Cells
Yale researchers in the lab of Joerg Bewersdorf have developed a way to visualize extremely tiny structures by using standard light microscopy, a world previously only accessible by expensive and cumbersome electron microscopy.Source: YaleNews
Yale Researchers Take Stem Cells One Step Closer to Replacing Parathyroid Gland Function
Yale investigators have developed a multistep process that models the biological instructions to create parathyroid gland cells from pluripotent stem cells, a significant milestone along the path toward helping people who lack the hormones released by parathyroid glands.
Position Openings in the Zhang lab
The Zhang lab at the Department of Cell Biology, Yale University, uses single-molecule approaches, especially high-resolution optical tweezers, to study folding dynamics of proteins involved in fundamental biological processes and human diseases. The lab is now seeking graduate students and postdocs for research in the following three areas: • Regulated SNARE folding and assembly. • Membrane protein folding, stability, and protein-membrane interactions. • Instrumental development. Prior research experience in single-molecule biophysics is not required. However, postdoc candidates should have strong quantitative skills and solid training in biophysics, molecular biology, or physics. If you are interested in these positions, please contact Dr. Yongli Zhang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scientists find many gene 'drivers' of cancer, but warn: Don't ignore 'passengers'
A massive analysis of the entire genomes of 2,658 people with 38 different types of cancer has identified mutations in 179 genes and gene regulators as “drivers” — variations in DNA sequences that lead to the development of cancer.
In the right (lab) culture, mentorship flourishes — and science benefits
You might imagine a science lab looking a bit sterile and impersonal — little sunlight, masked figures in white coats pouring neon-colored liquid into beakers, all business. You might not expect to hear a science lab referred to as familial, where badminton tournaments, movie nights and barbeques are commonplace.
Colón-Ramos named McConnell Duberg Associate Professor
Daniel A. Colón-Ramos, PhD, recently appointed as Dorys McConnell Duberg Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, focuses his research on how synapses are formed and maintained to control behavior and store memories. Colón-Ramos’ discoveries have altered long-held views on the process and may offer important clues in the fight against disease.
Study Explores Role of Metabolism in Immune Cell Behavior
What makes healthy cells change and become dysfunctional to the point of causing disease? In addition to a disruption in genes that regulate cells, there is another factor in cell misbehavior that involves metabolism, say Yale researchers.
Protein-slaying Drugs Could Be the Next Blockbuster Therapies
A drug strategy called targeted protein degradation; and pursued by Craig Crews, PhD, Lewis B. Cullman Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and professor of chemistry; capitalizes on the cell’s natural system for clearing unwanted or damaged proteins, and is in line to be used in promising clinical trials.Source: Nature
Of Worms and a Special Love of Home
Daniel Colón-Ramos works with the roundworm C. elegans as a means of advancing knowledge of the fundamental building blocks of the nervous system, saying that mastering the basics is essential to answering the bigger questions. He also has dedicated himself to improving opportunities for people in his native Puerto Rico.Source: Medicine@Yale