Modern microbes provide window into ancient ocean

Jan. 6, 2021

Scientists at CU Boulder have discovered that a type of single-celled organism living in modern-day oceans may have a lot in common with life forms that existed billions of years ago—and that fundamentally transformed Earth.


New insights on a common protein could lead to novel cancer treatments

Nov. 4, 2020

A new CU Boulder-led study sheds light on a protein key to controlling how cells grow, proliferate and function and long implicated in tumor development.

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Former CU Boulder postdoc Jennifer Doudna smashes glass ceiling with historic Nobel win

Oct. 7, 2020

Thirty years after beginning her training as a postdoctoral scholar in the CU Boulder lab of Nobel laureate Thomas Cech, biochemist Jennifer Doudna on Wednesday won her own Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the co-development of the revolutionary genome editing tool CRISPR-Cas9.

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Stephanie Moon: Life of a Postdoc

Sept. 21, 2020

Dr. Stephanie Moon is working on ridding the world of disease. Beginning with an early obsession with finding a cure for chicken pox, Dr. Moon set her sights on RNA viruses, a family which includes some of the most prolific killers in human history: HIV, Zika, Hepatitis C, Ebola. Part...

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Engineering our Future: Tina Boville

Sept. 21, 2020

Though she sounds every bit the polished Silicon Valley CEO while discussing spin-ups, revenue streams, and funding runways, Dr. Tina Boville first describes herself as “a huge nerd.” via Zoom. A CU Biochem doctoral alum, Tina grew up on Anne McCaffrey’s science-fantasy series Dragonriders of Pern , which heavily incorporates...


With NIH grant, CU Boulder to become national center of cryoelectron tomography

Sept. 21, 2020

The University of Colorado Boulder will be one of four national centers designed to advance the application of cryoelectron tomography (cryoET), which helps visualize in 3-D the fine-structure of intact cells and tissues, the National Institutes of Health announced (NIH) today.

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Creating life’s building blocks

Sept. 3, 2020

CU Boulder Alum is named one of MIT’s Innovators Under 35 for her work with amino acids

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Sabrina Spencer honored with a Provost Faculty Achievement Award

Aug. 10, 2020

Congratulations to Biochemistry Professor Sabrina Spencer, recipient of a 2020 Provost Faculty Achievement Award! From the Provost’s Letter: “In selecting you for this award, the faculty committee pointed to the importance of your article published in the high-impact journal Science: Temporal integration of mitogen history in mother cells controls proliferation...


How does a stem cell know what to become? Study shows RNA plays key role

July 7, 2020

In a study published July 6 CU Boulder researchers come one step closer to answering that fundamental question, concluding that the molecular messenger RNA (ribonucleic acid) plays an indispensable role in cell differentiation, serving as a bridge between our genes and the so-called “epigenetic” machinery that turns them on and off.


Small Molecule Regulation of CRISPR-Cas9 Using RNA Aptamers

June 24, 2020

Researchers at CU Boulder, led by Biochemistry Professor Robert Batey , have developed compositions and methods for temporal regulation of single guide RNAs (sgRNAs) that comprise a small molecule-binding aptamer in the sgRNA, which enables small-molecule-dependent gene editing in bacteria. They also developed a method for selecting sgRNAs that are...