Striking images showing the intricate beauty of actin network formation taken by Dr. Elena Kassianidou when she was a graduate student in Sanjay Kumar’s lab are featured in the micropatterning edition of the Cell Picture Show at CellPress.
Professors Murthy and Conboy are featured for their work changing CRISPR to correct, rather than cut, DNA to repair genetic diseases.
PhD alumna Yasuo Yoshikuni, a scientist at the Joint Genome Institute, and colleagues have invented a genetic engineering tool, called CRAGE, that could not only make studying secondary metabolites much easier, but also fill significant gaps in our understanding of how microbes interact with their surroundings and evolve.
Anti-aging research by Professor Irina Conboy is featured in The Economist’s “Uncovering how the body ages is leading to drugs to reverse it” article. Conboy specializes in aging and rejuvenation research, with recent breakthroughs in a combinatorial approach for multi-tissue rejuvenation without blood transfusion. (Full story behind paywall)
Professor Dan Fletcher’s lab has received a $1.9 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the scaled-up production of the LoaScope. The video adaptation of the CellScope cellphone-based microscope will enable mapping of Loa loa prevalence and intensity in Central and West Africa.
Alumnus Dino Di Carlo, Professor at UCLA Bioengineering, tackles the big question on the cover of SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening).
The Yartsev Lab shows that adult bats can not only modify distinct parameters of their vocalizations, but that these changes persist weeks or months, making bats an important model organism for studies of the rare trait of vocal plasticity in adulthood.
Adam Arkin describes the goals of the Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES) project and how their work could enable human life on Mars.
Professor Michael Yartsev’s lab has shown that bats’ brain activity is literally in sync when bats engage in social behaviors like grooming, fighting or sniffing each other. This is the first study to observe synchronized brain activity in a non-human species engaging in natural social interactions, and opens the door to future study on how our brains process social interactions.