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Luciano Marraffini and Robert Roeder recognized by ASBMB awards

Luciano Marraffini and Robert Roeder recognized by ASBMB awards

Marraffini, who studies the adaptive immune systems, known as CRISPR-Cas systems, found in some bacteria and used in genome editing, has won the Earl and Thressa Stadtman Scholar Award. Meanwhile, Robert Roeder, who investigates the mechanisms that regulate transcription, the process by which genes are copied into RNA, is the recipient of the Herbert Tabor Research Award.


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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 »

Hironori Funabiki promoted to professor

Funabiki’s research has pointed to a role for DNA-packaging proteins known as histones in the formation of structures involved in cell division, with implications for understanding and treating disease. More »

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New faculty member uses genetic sequencing to investigate childhood brain disease

New faculty member uses genetic sequencing to investigate childhood brain diseaseJoseph Gleeson, a neurogeneticist, has left the University of California, San Diego, to establish his lab at Rockefeller, where he will continue hunting down the single-gene mutations responsible for an array of neurodevelopmental disorders. More »

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Structural biologist, focused on cell transport machinery, to join faculty

Structural biologist, focused on cell transport machinery, to join facultyJue Chen, currently a tenured professor of biology at Purdue University in Indiana and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, studies transporter proteins that act as the cell’s pumping machinery, and their role in health and disease. More »

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Twenty-four students receive Ph.D.s at Rockefeller’s 56th Convocation

The Rockefeller University awarded doctoral degrees to 24 students at its convocation ceremony today. Additionally, the university awarded three honorary degrees, to John Gurdon, Julian Robertson and Sinya Yamanaka. Each doctoral candidate was presented for the degree by his or her mentor, a tradition dating back to the university’s first commencement ceremony in 1959.
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Rockefeller ranks first in scientific impact among list of global institutions

The Rockefeller University has the highest percentage of frequently cited scientific publications of 750 top universities worldwide, according to ranking created by the Center for Science and Technology Studies of Leiden University in The Netherlands. More »

NY City Council approves new Rockefeller laboratory building

The building, first envisioned over two years ago and known as the River Building, will house bioscience laboratories, and will serve as a replacement for existing lab facilities that are reaching the end of their operational life and are no longer suitable for modern science. More »

Michael A. Foley named director of Tri-I Therapeutics Discovery Institute

An accomplished chemist and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of industry and academic experience, Foley has been named director of a pioneering early stage drug discovery initiative formed jointly with Weill Cornell Medical College and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center formed in October. More »

Rockefeller scientists among those involved in search for Higgs boson

This week’s announcement that two physicists have received the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery of the Higgs boson is also a victory for thousands of scientists, including several from Rockefeller, who worked to collect data and analyze results from particle collisions. More »

Trio of New York biomedical institutions join forces to accelerate drug development

The Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute, Inc. is launched by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University and Weill Cornell Medical College, and a pioneering partnership is formed with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company. More »