Lifelong learning is made possible by recycling of histones, study says

Lifelong learning is made possible by recycling of histones, study saysResearchers have discovered a new mechanism that helps neurons make new connections with one another, the basis for learning. Their discovery focuses on one particular type of DNA-supporting protein, the histone H3.3, and its role regulating gene expression. More »

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Postdoc Shruti Naik wins Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation

Postdoc Shruti Naik wins Regeneron Prize for Creative InnovationAwarded by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the prize recognizes innovative young scientists based on proposals they submit that have the potential to drive biomedical research forward. Naik proposed using stem cell-based therapies to treat inflammatory diseases, such as psoriasis, chronic pulmonary obstructive disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. More »

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New faculty member probes actions of molecular machines in gene expression

New faculty member probes actions of molecular machines in gene expressionShixin Liu, a biophysicist and Rockefeller’s newest tenure-track faculty member, investigates how these individual machines within the cell interact, and, in many cases, cooperate to accomplish critical tasks, such as DNA transcription and gene regulation. Liu will establish the Laboratory of Nanoscale Biophysics and Biochemistry as of January 1. More »

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Expert in cryo-electron microscopy to join Rockefeller faculty

Expert in cryo-electron microscopy to join Rockefeller facultyTom Walz, a structural biologist, will establish the Laboratory of Molecular Electron Microscopy as of September 1. Walz uses cutting edge tools in electron microscopy to examine macromolecular complexes and proteins embedded in cellular membranes, and he will help biologists from other fields use the same techniques for their research. More »

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Sequential immunizations could be the key to HIV vaccine

Sequential immunizations could be the key to HIV vaccineScientists have thought for some time that multiple immunizations, each tailored to specific stages of the immune response, could be used to generate a special class of HIV-fighting antibodies, so-called broadly neutralizing antibodies. These findings provide the first evidence supporting this approach. More »

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Rockefeller sustainability initiatives are honored by the Association of Energy Engineers

DanielThe local award, for institutional energy management of the year, recognizes the consistent achievements of an entire team and is presented to a public sector institution for outstanding accomplishments in developing, organizing, managing and implementing its comprehensive energy management program. Since 2005, Rockefeller has saved an estimated 925 trillion BTUs in energy used for heating and cooling, and lowered its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent.
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First Winners of Tri-Institutional Breakout Awards Announced

Six young scientists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller University, and Weill Cornell Medical College have been named the inaugural winners of a new prize for postdoctoral investigators in the life sciences. The Breakout Awards were established by three Tri-Institutional winners of the 2013 Breakthrough Prize in Life Science with additional financial support from the institutions themselves. More »

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Daniel Kronauer chosen as a Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences

DanielThe Pew program provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. Kronauer will be using ants as a model system to study how the structure of social networks influences the spread of infections. More »

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Twenty-nine students receive doctorates at Rockefeller’s 57th Convocation

At its convocation ceremony on Thursday, June 11, the university’s doctoral candidates were presented their degrees by their mentors. Honorary degrees were given to three female scientists, one of them posthumously, and the four founders of the Women & Science program received the David Rockefeller Award for Extraordinary Service. More »

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Research reveals key interaction that opens the channel into the cell’s nucleus

Research reveals key interaction that opens the channel into the cell’s nucleusScientists have uncovered crucial steps in the dynamic dance that dilates and constricts the nuclear pore complex. Their ongoing work has shown this elaborate portal to and from the cell’s nucleus is much more than the inert structure it was once thought to be. More »

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Luciano Marraffini selected as a Blavatnik National Award finalist

Luciano Marraffini selected as a Blavatnik National Award finalistMarraffini, who studies the CRISPR-Cas systems that enable some bacteria to acquire immunity against viruses, is among 32 highly qualified young faculty researchers selected to compete for this national award. More »

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A. James Hudspeth elected to the American Philosophical Society

A. James Hudspeth elected to the American Philosophical SocietyMembership in this honorary society recognizes outstanding accomplishments within a member’s field. Hudspeth has worked toward a deepened understanding of the receptor cells of the inner ear, and how they contribute to hearing and hearing loss. More »

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The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation provides landmark gift of $100 Million to The Rockefeller University

The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation provides landmark gift  of $100 Million to The Rockefeller UniversityMarc Tessier-Lavigne, president of The Rockefeller University, today announced a leadership gift of $100 million from The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation to help create a new laboratory building that will be the centerpiece of the University’s major planned campus extension. More »

Gaby Maimon honored with a McKnight Scholar Award

Gaby Maimon honored with a McKnight Scholar AwardMaimon, the head of the Laboratory of Integrative Brain Function, will receive $75,000 per year for three years to support his research. Given by The McKnight Endowment Fund, the award seeks to support young scientists whose work could have implications for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of brain diseases. More »

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Research shows how antibodies produce vaccine-like effect against tumors

Research shows how antibodies produce vaccine-like effect against tumorsAntibody therapy not only kills cancerous cells, it can confer lasting protection by priming the immune system to remember a tumor. Scientists have found this process centers on antibody-binding receptors found on two types of immune cells. Their results suggest ways to improve anti-cancer treatments. More »

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Fragments of tRNA suggest a novel mechanism for cancer progression

Fragments of tRNA suggest a novel mechanism for cancer progressionResearchers discover that particular genetic fragments, of a type of RNA known as transfer RNA, or tRNA, appear to be capable of reducing the growth and spread of breast cancer cells. More »

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Rockefeller scientists resolve long-standing debate over how many bacteria fight off invaders

For years, researchers have puzzled over conflicting results about the workings of type III CRISPR-Cas systems, a type of immune system found in many species of bacteria. Some data showed that this mechanism would target the virus’s DNA, while other experiments suggested it could only disable a virus once it had started replicating itself. New results suggest both mechanisms play a role.
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Paul Nurse to receive Friesen International Prize

Paul Nurse to receive Friesen International PrizePaul Nurse, president emeritus at Rockefeller, has been awarded the Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research. The prize honors him as a pioneering scientist, science advocate, and policy maker who has had an important impact on science through excellence in research, leadership, and communication. More »

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Odd histone helps suppress jumping genes in stem cells, study says

Odd histone helps suppress jumping genes in stem cells, study saysThe histone variant H3.3 appears to help keep certain genetic elements called retrotransponsons in place in the genome, preventing potentially harmful mutations in mouse embryonic stem cells, researchers have found. This discovery reveals a basic mechanism for epigenetics, or the control of inherited traits through means other than DNA. More »

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Leslie Vosshall and Jean-Laurent Casanova elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Jean-Laurent Casanova and Leslie Vosshall elected to the National Academy of SciencesVosshall, who investigates how sensory stimuli are perceived and processed, and Casanova, who studies the genetics of infectious disease susceptibility in children, are among the new members and foreign associates to be inducted into the Academy in 2015. With Vosshall and Casanova’s election, Rockefeller now boasts 36 members or foreign associates of the National Academy of Sciences among its current faculty.

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