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John Rinn

RNA Biology Pioneer John Rinn Joins BioFrontiers Institute

April 11, 2017

When John Rinn was an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, his focus was on skateboarding and snowboarding. However, a Chemistry 101 course sparked an interest in science where Rinn noticed that powerful chemical reactions could be broken down into simple steps just like a skateboard or snowboard trick. Rinn... Read more »
Distinguished Professor Tom Cech. Photo: Glenn Asakawa / University of Colorado Boulder.

Nobel laureate Tom Cech wins 2017 Hazel Barnes Prize

March 24, 2017

University of Colorado Boulder Distinguished Professor Tom Cech, Colorado’s first Nobel Prize winner, has been named the 2017 Hazel Barnes Prize winner – the most distinguished award a faculty member can receive from the university. Cech, the director of the BioFrontiers Institute , shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry... Read more »
Katia Tarasava, IQ Biology Ph.D. Student

Curiosity killed the cat, but it may help you get the Nobel prize

March 17, 2017

I don't feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without having any purpose - which is the way it really is so far as I can tell - it does not frighten me. –Richard Feynman, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out Doctoral students have... Read more »
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The possibilities and limits of using data to predict scientific discoveries

Feb. 3, 2017

Amidst the vast and varied ecosystem of modern science, the emerging interdisciplinary field known as the “science of science” is exploring a difficult, but provocative, question: In the age of data science, are future discoveries now predictable? In an article published this week in the journal Science , CU Boulder... Read more »
Orangutans

New broad-spectrum antiviral protein can inhibit HIV, other pathogens in some primates

Jan. 18, 2017

University of Colorado Boulder researchers have discovered that a protein-coding gene called Schlafen11 (SLFN11) may induce a broad-spectrum cellular response against infection by viruses including HIV-1. The new research, which was recently published in the journal PLOS Pathogens , found that SLFN11's antiviral potency is highest in non-human primate species... Read more »
Jens Schmidt

BioFrontiers postdoctoral fellow first Coloradan to receive prestigious award

Jan. 12, 2017

If an anti-aging regimen that involves telomeres – part of the human chromosome – sounds too good to be true, it probably is, says Jens Schmidt, a postdoctoral fellow in the Cech Lab at CU Boulder’s BioFrontiers Institute . “There are all these products out there that say ‘hypercharge your... Read more »
Bob Garcea

$1.1 million grant funds CU Boulder research into next-generation vaccines

Nov. 4, 2016

The University of Colorado Boulder has received a $1.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop next-generation vaccines that require no refrigeration and defend against infectious diseases with just one shot. If successful, those advancements could radically transform the difficult task of dispensing life-saving immunizations in... Read more »
Loren Hough

Scientist develops a new way to look at a cellular shapeshifter

Oct. 21, 2016

Tubulin, a protein found in your cells, quietly lends itself to many life processes. It sorts itself into long chains, forming tubes that provide scaffolding for living cells. A versatile shapeshifter, tubulin can arrange itself into different structures during different types of cell behavior. Tubulin gained prominence for medical applications... Read more »
More than 2,700 attendees from around the world participated in the 2015 iGEM competition.

CU Competes in International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition

Oct. 13, 2016

The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition, or iGEM, is an annual synthetic biology competition that pits teams from schools from all over the world against each other with the goal of winning one of many possible awards. CU Boulder has been a participant for the last couple years, 2015 being... Read more »
Jacqueline Wentz is a graduate student in the IQ Biology PhD Certificate Program at BioFrontiers.

IQ Biology Blog: SIAM Life Sciences Conference in Boston

Oct. 13, 2016

By Jacqueline Wentz This July I attended the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Conference on the Life Sciences in Boston. It was four days long, packed with talks, poster sessions, and unnecessary amounts of coffee. At the conference, I presented a poster on my latest research examining a... Read more »

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