Category Archives: Campus News

Richard P. Lifton named 11th president of The Rockefeller University

Richard P. LiftonThe Rockefeller University today announced that its Board of Trustees has elected Richard P. Lifton to be the 11th president of the university, effective September 1, 2016. Lifton, 62, Sterling Professor of Genetics and chair of the Department of Genetics at Yale University, will succeed Marc Tessier-Lavigne, who is leaving Rockefeller to become Stanford University’s next president. More »

Mayor de Blasio visits Rockefeller for tour and biotech conference

Mayor de Blasio visits Rockefeller for tour and biotech conferenceIn addition to serving as host for a life sciences roundtable, Rockefeller president Marc Tessier-Lavigne led mayor de Blasio on a tour of the campus, introduced him to members of his laboratory, and outlined plans for the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation–David Rockefeller River Campus. More »

Luciano Marraffini, among the first scientists to plumb the workings of the CRISPR-Cas system, is promoted to associate professor

Luciano Marraffini, among the first scientists to plumb the workings of the CRISPR-Cas system, is promoted to associate professorLuciano Marraffini is exploring an immune response used by bacteria to defend against viruses. His work is mainly focused on understanding the basic biology and evolution of microorganisms, but it also has implications for the development of gene-editing technologies. More »

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Rockefeller University president Tessier-Lavigne chosen to lead Stanford University

Rockefeller University president Tessier-Lavigne chosen to lead Stanford UniversityMarc Tessier-Lavigne, Ph.D., will step down from his position as president of The Rockefeller University September 1, 2016, to become the 11th president of Stanford University, it was announced today. More »

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Winrich Freiwald, who studies facial processing, is promoted to associate professor

Winrich Freiwald, who studies facial processing, is promoted to associate professorA leading neuroscientist in his field, Freiwald investigates how a specialized system of brain areas responds to the sight of a face. His work has implications for understanding the biology of social interaction and human cognition. More »

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Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of construction on East River seawall repairs

Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of construction on East River seawall repairsThe university has started to refurbish the damaged seawall that supports the East River Esplanade between 63rd and 68th Streets as part of the campus extension project. The esplanade will also be improved, with a new bike lane, landscaping, and a noise barrier along the FDR Drive. More »

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Rockefeller’s newest faculty member investigates how antibodies are made

Rockefeller’s newest faculty member investigates how antibodies are madeGabriel Victora, an immunologist who studies the processes by which the immune system refines its response to an infection, will establish the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Dynamics in September of 2016 where he will study antibody responses at the levels molecules, cells, and whole organs. More »

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Helmsley Trust renews $15 million grant for novel digestive disorders research

Helmsley Trust renews $15 million grant for novel digestive disorders research The funding renewal will support research initiatives within Rockefeller’s interdisciplinary Center for Basic and Translational Research on Disorders of the Digestive System. The center brings together about 20 labs that study a broad range of biological processes related to the digestive system. More »

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New faculty member develops light-based tools to study the brain

Newest addition to Rockefeller faculty studies how cellular metabolism contributes to diseaseAlipasha Vaziri, who was appointed a tenure-track associate professor in September, seeks to capture and manipulate interactions among neurons within the living brain. He uses his background in physics to develop innovative ways of recording neural activity quickly and across large areas, all at single-cell resolution. More »

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Newest addition to Rockefeller faculty studies how cellular metabolism contributes to disease

Newest addition to Rockefeller faculty studies how cellular metabolism contributes to diseaseAfter establishing the Laboratory of Metabolic Regulation and Genetics in January, Kivanç Birsoy will study how cells change their metabolism in the contexts of cancer, mitochondrial disorders, and inborn errors of metabolism. Ultimately, he hopes to develop therapies for these conditions. More »

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Obesity researcher and former hospital physician-in-chief Jules Hirsch dies

Obesity researcher and former hospital physician-in-chief Jules Hirsch diesHirsch, an early leader in the study of human metabolism, was best known for his work on a landmark study that offered an explanation for why people who lose weight tend to regain it over time. He died at the age of 88. More »

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Agata Smogorzewska, who studies DNA repair, promoted to associate professor

Agata Smogorzewska, who studies DNA repair, promoted to associate professorSince arriving in 2009, Smogorzewska has investigated a type of DNA repair that occurs during cell division when cells remove misplaced links between DNA strands. To identify the genes and understand the molecular mechanisms involved, she investigates this repair through the lens of rare genetic disorders. 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 facultyThomas 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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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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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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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 »

Cancer biologist and physician Sohail Tavazoie is promoted to associate professor

Cancer biologist and physician Sohail Tavazoie receives promotionTavazoie, who joined Rockefeller in 2009, works to understand how cancer cells become able to escape a tumor and invade other organs, a process known as metastasis. He searches for genes and molecular pathways cancer cells exploit in order to metastasize and, with that knowledge, hopes to develop future treatments to prevent or interfere with the process.
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Physician scientist, interested in obesity-related disease, to join faculty

Physician scientist, interested in obesity-related disease, to join facultyPaul Cohen, a molecular biologist and cardiologist, is returning to Rockefeller where he did his graduate work. In his new lab, Cohen will study the molecular origins of obesity-related metabolic disease with the goal of developing treatments. More »

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$150 million from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and David Rockefeller launches major campus extension

$150 million from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and David Rockefeller launch major campus extensionMarc Tessier-Lavigne, president of The Rockefeller University, today announced two leadership pledges of $75 million each from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and David Rockefeller to launch a major extension of the University’s campus on the East River. Designed by Raphael Viñoly Architects, the project will add two acres to the existing 14 acres of the campus by building over the FDR East River Drive, enabling the creation of several new buildings with state-of-the-art laboratories, administrative space, a conference facility, a dining commons, and an outdoor amphitheater. More »