Four postdocs honored with 2016 Tri-Institutional Breakout Awards

The prize recognizes promising young scientists from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller University, and Weill Cornell Medicine. Four postdoctoral investigators have won the awards, which were established last year by three winners of the 2013 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences from those institutions’ faculty. More »

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Zika infection may affect adult brain cells, suggesting risk may not be limited to pregnant women

Zika infection may affect adult brain cells, suggesting risk may not be limited to pregnant womenA new study shows for the first time that the Zika virus can infect the adult brain in regions that are vital to learning and memory. The findings suggest that the virus could have more subtle effects than have been recognized, perhaps contributing to such conditions as long-term memory loss or depression. More »

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Structural images shed new light on a cancer-linked potassium channel

Structural images shed new light on a cancer-linked potassium channelUsing cryo-electron microscopy, researchers gained new insights about how the channel functions, based on what they saw in the section that spans the cell’s membrane. The channel has been found in a number of cell types, including in tumors, where it is thought to have a cancer-promoting effect. More »

Daniel Mucida, who studies the gut’s specialized immune system, receives promotion

Daniel Mucida, who studies the gut’s specialized immune system, receives promotionAs head of the Laboratory of Mucosal Immunology, Mucida examines how immune cells within the lining of the intestine balance vigilance against invaders with tolerance to harmless foreign proteins. As of September 1, he will become an associate professor. More »

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New antibody drug continues to show promise for treatment of HIV

New antibody drug continues to show promise for treatment of HIVAntibody therapy may offer an alternative to standard HIV treatments, which require a strict regimen and can cause complications in the long-term. New results from a clinical trial show that the 3BNC117 antibody can significantly delay the virus from rebounding in patients taken off their current medications. More »

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Resistance to antidepressants linked to metabolism

Resistance to antidepressants linked to metabolismRecent findings by a Rockefeller University team might offer new clues about why some patients don’t respond to antidepressants. While investigating resistance to treatment in rats, the scientists uncovered changes in genes that control metabolism. More »

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Study suggests humans can detect even the smallest units of light

Researches have found new evidence of just how sensitive an instrument the human eye is. When adjusted to the dark, the eye can detect the occurrence of a single photon, according to a recent study. More »

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Rockefeller’s newest faculty member studies birdsong to illuminate the origins of human language

Rockefeller’s newest faculty member studies bird song to illuminate the origins of human languageErich Jarvis, currently a professor at Duke University, uses songbirds as a model to study the mechanisms that underlie how individuals learn spoken language. He will be joining Rockefeller as a professor this fall. More »

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New approach exposes 3D structure of Alzheimer’s proteins within the brain

New approach exposes 3D structure of Alzheimer’s proteins within the brainUsing an approach that makes brain tissue transparent, researchers were able to view clumps of the toxic protein amyloid-β from multiple angles within mouse and human brains. More »

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Postdoc John Maciejowski wins 2016 Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation

Postdoc John Maciejowski wins 2016 Regeneron Prize for Creative InnovationThe award, given by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., honors innovative young scientists based on proposals they submit of a “dream” biomedical research project they would undertake if they had access to any resource or technology. Maciejowski will receive a $50,000 prize and a $5,000 donation to Rockefeller. More »

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Neurobiologist interested in memory to join Rockefeller faculty

Priya RajasethupathyPriya Rajasethupathy, currently a postdoc at Stanford, is working to understand how molecules and neural circuits interact to store and retrieve information. She will join the faculty in May 2017 as an assistant professor. More »

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An unexpected origin for calming immune cells in the gut

An unexpected origin for calming immune cells in the gutWithin the gut, the immune system must strike a perfect balance between protecting our bodies from infection and not overreacting to harmless foreign entities, including food. A new study explores the origins of a type of immune cell that appears to keep inflammatory responses in check. More »

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Michel C. Nussenzweig honored with the 2016 Robert Koch Award

Michel C. Nussenzweig honored with the 2016 Robert Koch AwardGiven by the Robert Koch Foundation, the annual award is one of Germany’s most prestigious scientific prizes, honoring extraordinary accomplishments in infectious disease research. Nussenzweig will share the €100,000 prize with Alberto Mantovani of Humanitas University for their achievements in immunology. More »

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New faculty member investigates how cells respond to mechanical forces

Gregory Alushin will relocate his lab to Rockefeller early next yearBiophysicist Gregory Alushin studies how cells use their structural filaments to respond to forces generated as the cells move about, or by movements in the surrounding tissue. He will relocate his lab to Rockefeller early next year. More »

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Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute expands focus to include antibody drug discovery research

Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute expands focus to include antibody drug discovery researchThe Tri-I TDI, a partnership established in 2013 to expedite early-stage drug discovery of innovative new small molecule therapies, announced today that it will expand its scope to support the development of antibody drug discovery. More »

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Installation of River Campus structure begins with delivery of first of 19 prefabricated modules

Installation of River Campus structure begins with delivery of first of 19 prefabricated modulesOne of the largest barge-mounted cranes on the East Coast will lift the extension’s structural skeleton into place, one section at a time. For safety reasons, the FDR Drive and East River Esplanade will be closed during lift operations, which will occur this summer during overnight hours. More »

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Rockefeller’s annual science festival draws hundreds of young explorers and their families

Science SaturdayOn a recent Saturday, the Rockefeller campus was transformed into a vast science exhibit with more than 35 interactive stations. Each year, this popular event draws families from across New York City to experience the authentic process of science. More »

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31 students receive Ph.D.s at Rockefeller’s 58th convocation

Rockefeller University has graduated 31 new scientists, who received their doctoral degrees from their mentors in a tradition dating back to the university’s first commencement ceremony, in 1959. Honorary doctor of science degrees were also awarded to four esteemed researchers: James Allison, Max Cooper, Suzanne Cory, and Alice Dautry-Varsat. More »

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Heilbrunn Center announces recipients of its 2016 Nurse Scholar Awards

The winners’ projects will focus on teaching women with cancer how to advocate for their health, answering key questions about eating behavior and obesity, addressing the needs of critically ill patients and their families, helping the parents of sick children make medical decisions, and examining brain–gut interactions in gastrointestinal illness. More »

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New faculty member investigates how genes are born and proliferate

Li ZhaoAn evolutionary biologist, Li Zhao is interested in how new genes arise and spread within a population. She will join the faculty in March 2017 as an assistant professor. More »

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