Category Archives: Campus News

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 »

Structural biologist, interested in ribosome assembly, to join Rockefeller faculty

Sebastian Klinge has dedicated his career to understanding the ribosome, with a particular emphasis on its atomic structure and the process by which it forms in the cell. Klinge is the first faculty member to be recruited to the university under its 2012 strategic plan; he was appointed assistant professor in June and will open his lab, to be called The Laboratory of Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry, on September 15. More »

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Rockefeller president joins U.S. university leaders in Israel to explore collaborative opportunities

Rockefeller’s president, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, will join several U.S. university leaders in Israel this week to explore opportunities for collaborations with Israeli institutions in areas such as brain science, environmental sustainability, biotechnology, diversity and women’s leadership. The visit has been arranged by Project Interchange, a non-profit educational institute of the American Jewish Committee, which is an advocacy group based in New York. More »

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17 students receive Ph.D.s at Rockefeller’s 55th Convocation

In addition to the graduating students, honorary degrees were awarded to two Nobel winning scientists and members of the Rockefeller faculty, Günter Blobel and Paul Greengard, as well as James H. Simons, a mathematician, investor and philanthropist, and his wife Marilyn Simons, president of the Simons Foundation. More »

Rockefeller hosts British Prime Minister David Cameron

Cameron’s May 15 visit to the university, part an effort by the British government to acknowledge the value and investment that U.S. biomedical research has in the UK, also included a tour of President Marc Tessier-Lavigne’s neuroscience laboratory and a meeting with Nobel Prize winning neurobiologist Paul Greengard. More »

Nobel laureate Christian de Duve dies at 95

Christian de Duve was a Nobel Prize winning cell biologist whose research centered on the separation and characterization of the organelles of living cells. de Duve and his colleagues also made significant contributions to the development of techniques and instrumentation for the study of cell biology. More »


Rockefeller announces 31 percent reduction in carbon emissions

Five years after the university committed to reducing its carbon footprint as part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2030 Carbon Challenge, Rockefeller was one of four participating universities that reached their target ahead of schedule. Bloomberg announced the results today at a press conference held in Rockefeller’s philosopher’s garden. More »

Howard Hang promoted to associate professor

Hang, a chemist who works to develop new tools for the study of host-pathogen interactions, has discovered that many proteins involved in host immunity to viruses and bacteria are regulated by fatty acid modifications.

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Rockefeller University hosts workshop on Next Generation Science Standards

Rockefeller University will host a series of workshops this weekend designed to help scientists and educators prepare for the adoption of new standards for teaching science in elementary and high schools. More »