Category Archives: Campus News

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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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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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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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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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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