Zoe Donaldson

MCDB professor helps bring science to the screen

Nov. 21, 2016

The Science and Entertainment Exchange acts as a kind of matchmaking ‘hotline’ for filmmakers seeking expertise in a particular scientific discipline.


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

Nov. 7, 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.


Putting the squeeze on mitochondria: The final cut

Oct. 31, 2016

A new CU Boulder study shows for the first time the final stages of how mitochondria, the sausage-shaped, power-generating organelles found in nearly all living cells, regularly divide and propagate.


Mallinda awarded $750K grant for reusable carbon-fiber composite

Oct. 20, 2016

What’s one way to cut a car’s weight by 50 percent and improve fuel efficiency by up to 40 percent? Make it out of carbon fiber instead of steel. What if everyone had access to such a vehicle?

Two mitochondria from mammalian lung tissue displaying their matrix and membranes as shown by electron microscopy. Photo: Louisa Thomas / Wikipedia

Researchers unlock longstanding mitochondrial mystery

June 23, 2016

A new study, published today in the journal Science and led by University of Colorado Boulder researchers, sheds new light on a longstanding biological mystery. Mitochondria are crucial to cellular processes, providing respiratory and metabolic functions that power a cell.

CU Café seminars percolate diversity in research

CU Café seminars percolate diversity in research

April 27, 2016

A group called CU Café (the group initially began meeting over coffee), offers a student-run seminar series that brings in minority scholars from other institutions to talk about their research and give their perspectives about succeeding in the academic environment. “It’s small, but it’s powerful,” one participant says.

Rising-star scientist got her start at CU-Boulder

Rising-star scientist got her start at CU-Boulder

April 27, 2016

Disbelief still lingers in Allison Cleary’s voice months after winning the grand prize in the 2015 SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists.

Participants in a modern cell-biology ‘boot camp’ in Ghana pause for reflection during the course. Photo courtesy of Dick Macintosh.

Biologists’ ‘boot camps’ help fight disease in Africa

Feb. 17, 2016

A distinguished professor of biology and a biology alumna recently traveled to the University of Ghana in Legon to participate in a two-week course on modern cell biology for biochemistry graduate students. The duo have taught the course in four African countries. They call the courses modern cell-biology “boot camps” and say their goal is the promotion of front-line research in Africa, which has no shortage of disease but a dearth of cutting-edge research on disease.

Neurosurgeon Dan Peterson displays his CU-themed black and gold 1955 Chevy outside of Austin Speed Shop.

Classic cars, neurosurgery and the Ho Chi Minh Trail

Dec. 3, 2015

Dan Peterson’s career has taken many paths, starting from his humble beginnings as a young CU student walking the Ho Chi Minh Trail to class, to becoming a skilled neurosurgeon, the CEO of a revolutionary medical equipment company and the co-owner of a classic-car business.