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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To recover consciousness, brain activity passes through newly detected states

To recover consciousness, brain activity passes through newly detected statesResearch shows that recovery from deep anesthesia is not a smooth, linear process but is instead a dynamic journey with specific states of activity the brain must temporarily occupy on the way to full recovery. More »

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Daniel Schramek awarded Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation by a Postdoctoral Fellow

Schramek, one of just two individuals receiving the annual award, is being recognized for his proposal of a project that used sequence-based personalized medicine to treat the most devastating features of cancer. The award comes with a $50,000 prize and a $5,000 donation to support seminars at Rockefeller. More »

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Research details how developing neurons sense a chemical cue

Netrin-1_Xu_thumb_05302014New structural images help explain how young neurons make the right connections, showing how a signal, Netrin-1, interacts with specific receptors that tell neurons in which direction to reach.
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Researchers profile active genes in neurons based on connections

140519_friedman_retrotrap1_thumbA new technique allows researchers to examine gene expression in neurons that send messages to a synapse. A test run examined dopamine neurons that project to the brain region known as the nucleus accumbens.
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Searching for drugs in dirt, researchers call on citizen scientists

dirtonscale_thumb_2014 Soil microbes are believed to make a wealth of as-yet undiscovered molecules, including antibiotics. But getting at them isn’t easy. To make these potentially helpful bugs easier to find, researchers want to create maps, and they need help.
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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 »

Tri-Institutional Breakthrough Prize winners establish new award for postdocs

Award winners from the three institutions have joined together, designating a portion of their prize proceeds to create the Tri-Institutional Breakout Awards for Junior Investigators, postdoctoral awards that will recognize promise among scientist trainees. More »

Stem cell progeny tell their parents when to turn on

Hsu-follicle-vertical-05052014During an infection, the immune system selects B cells that produce antibodies with a high affinity for the pathogen. New research helps explain the details of how these cells are selected and amplified. More »

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Discovery helps explain how B cells adapt to their targets

Gitlin-b-cells-thumb2-05052014During an infection, the immune system selects B cells that produce antibodies with a high affinity for the pathogen. New research helps explain the details of how these cells are selected and amplified. More »

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Robert Darnell elected to National Academy of Sciences

Darnell, who focuses on understanding a group of rare brain diseases, the paraneoplastic neurologic disorders (PNDs), and how they arise in conjunction with immune responses to cancer, is one of 84 newly elected members announced today by the Academy.
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Friction harnessed by proteins helps organize cell division

Researchers have found that the fastener proteins that organize cell division can harness the movement around them to do their work. Movement of filaments within the structure responsible for cell division can cause some of these proteins to shuffle along the path of least resistance and into position. More »

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A new web tool effectively prioritizes disease-causing genes by biological distance

With the Human Gene Connectome, an investigator can rank potential disease-causing genes based on a new metric called biological distance. This tool is now available online thanks in part to the work of two high school students. More »

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Genetically identical ants help unlock the secrets of larval fate

Rockefeller researchers are developing a species of small raider ants as a model organism in order to ask questions about the relationships between genes, social behavior and evolution. One such question: How does the interaction between a larvae’s interaction with its caretaker sway the fate of the young animal? More »

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Drug is identified that could block the spread of melanoma

Researchers have found a promising new route to slowing or even preventing melanoma cells from spreading within the body. Using a compound that targets a hormone receptor, the team found they could reduce tumors’ recruitment of blood vessels, a process necessary for metastasis. More »

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Surgeon and writer Atul Gawande awarded Lewis Thomas Prize

Gawande, who practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has written several highly regarded books on public health, including Complications, a collection of stories about his experiences as a surgical resident. More »

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Discovery reveals protons sneak through the sodium-potassium pump


The sodium-potassium pump, a ubiquitous and essential molecule located in the membrane of cells, transports more than just the sodium and potassium that its name would suggest. New research shows these pumps also routinely transport hydrogen ions known as protons. Among other things, the work suggests a new dimension to molecules that underlie processes involved in nerve signaling and muscle contractions. More »

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Titia de Lange to receive Canada Gairdner International Award

de Lange is being recognized for her discovery of the mechanisms by which mammalian telomeres are protected from deleterious DNA repair and damage responses. The Gairdner is Canada’s highest scientific award and is considered among the most prestigious international prizes in science. More »

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Sniff study suggests humans can distinguish more than 1 trillion scents

Rockefeller researchers tested the sensitivity of volunteers’ noses and brains, and determined that the human sense of smell is far more refined than previously thought. While individual volunteers’ performance varied, on average people can tell the difference between complex mixtures of odors even when they contain many of the same components. More »

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