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 »

Scientists discover gene mutation that causes children to be born without spleen


An international team of scientists led by Rockefeller University researchers has identified the defective gene responsible for a rare disorder in which children are born without a spleen, which makes them susceptible to life-threatening bacterial infections early in life. The findings may lead to new diagnostic tests and raises new questions about the role of this gene in the body’s protein-making machinery.

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Scientists use Nature against Nature to develop an antibiotic with reduced resistance

Scientists at Rockefeller University and Astex Pharmaceuticals have discovered a new broad range antibiotic that kills a wide range of bacteria, including drug-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA) bacteria that do not respond to traditional drugs, in mice. The antibiotic, Epimerox, targets weaknesses in bacteria that have long been exploited by viruses that attack them, known as phage.

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Mechanism of mutant histone protein in childhood brain cancer revealed

Scientists in David Allis’s laboratory have shown how a mutated histone protein inhibits an enzyme, which normally keeps cell growth in check, and causes a rare form of pediatric brain cancer called DIPG. Their findings reveal a mechanism for inhibiting enzymes and could lead to the development of pharmaceuticals that mimic the action of these mutant proteins.

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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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Researchers create map of “shortcuts” between all human genes

Researchers at Rockefeller University, along with colleagues at Necker Hospital for Sick Children and the Pasteur Institute in Paris and Ben-Gurion University in Israel, have generated the full set of distances, routes and degrees of separation between any two human genes, creating a map of gene “shortcuts” that aims to simplify the hunt for disease-causing genes in monogenic diseases. More »

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Elaine Fuchs to receive Pasarow Award

Pasarow awards, first presented in 1987, honor extraordinary achievement, creativity and distinction in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease and neuropsychiatry.

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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 »

Teresa Davoli wins 2013 Weintraub Graduate Student Award

Davoli, a native of Italy, studied a new mechanism of tetraploidization that is induced by dysfunctional telomeres. The Weintraub Awards recognize quality, originality and significance of thesis research. More »

Vanessa Ruta awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

Ruta, head of the Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior, is being recognized for her promise as a scientific leader and will receive a $50,000 prize to further her research on how neural circuits are modified by experience. More »

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Cori Bargmann, Titia de Lange win inaugural Breakthrough Prizes worth $3 million

Two Rockefeller University scientists are among 11 winners of the first annual Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, an award established by six tech entrepreneurs dedicated to advancing breakthrough research. At $3 million each, the prizes are worth more than twice the amount of the Nobel. They were created to recognize excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extended human life.

Administered by a new non-profit organization, the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation, the prize is founded by Art Levinson, chairman of the board of Apple and former CEO of Genentech; Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google Inc.; Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of 23andMe; Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, and his wife Pricilla Chan; and Yuri Milner, founder of the Russian internet company Mail.ru. More »

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New book explores history of cell biology at Rockefeller

Entering an Unseen World: A Founding Laboratory and Origins of Modern Cell Biology 1910–1974 tells the story of a Rockefeller laboratory from its humble beginnings as a cancer lab, through the founding of the new science of cell biology, to the ultimate prize for scientific accomplishment. More »

In sync: stem cells work together to make hair grow, give it color

Researchers in Elaine Fuchs’ Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development have elucidated how adult stem cells in hair follicles communicate with each other and what keeps them silent for prolonged periods of time. More »

David Allis awarded $1 million grant from Starr Cancer Consortium

Allis leads one of five cancer research teams that are winners of $5 million in grant awards from The Starr Foundation’s Sixth Starr Cancer Consortium Grant Competition.
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Jeff Friedman to receive King Faisal and BBVA prizes

Both prizes recognize Friedman’s discovery of the leptin pathway and its role in regulating body weight. Together the prizes are worth nearly $750,000; Friedman shares both with Douglas Coleman, emeritus scientist at the Jackson Laboratory.
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Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences awarded to Mike Young and colleagues

The researchers are being honored for their discovery of the molecular mechanisms governing circadian rhythm. This is the fourth major award Young and his colleagues have received in the past two years, including the Massry Prize, the Canada Gairdner International Award and the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University. More »

Ant executions serve a higher purpose, research shows

Daniel Kronauer and his colleagues at University of Paris 13 have found that when Cerapachys biroi ants execute their fellow colony-members for laying eggs when they shouldn’t, it’s not because of a fight for reproductive dominance, as some had thought. More »

Changes in population growth, consumption and farming begin to return former farmlands to nature

Researchers led by Rockefeller’s Jesse Ausubel analyzed factors such as global land use and population growth over the last 50 years. Looking at the production index of all crops of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, they found that from 1961 to 2009 land farmed grew by only 12 percent while the index rose about 300 percent.

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New neuroscience textbook will be a free reference for students in developing countries

The textbook, conceived and edited by Rockefeller University professor Donald W. Pfaff, is a 3,200 page, five-volume overview of both basic science and clinical issues in modern neuroscience, aimed at premedical, medical and graduate students.
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Charles M. Rice awarded Dautrebande Prize

Rice, head of the Laboratory of Virology and Infectious Disease at Rockefeller, has been awarded the 100,000 euro prize for his description of the molecular and cellular basis of hepatitis C infection in humans.
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