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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.


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...


Scientists shed light on essential carbon-fixing machinery in bacteria

May 6, 2020

Scientists have been studying cyanobacteria and its many potential applications for decades, from cutting CO2 emissions to creating a substitute for oil-based plastics, but there wasn’t a deep understanding of the full life cycle and metabolism of specialized compartments within these common bacteria – until now.

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Key coronavirus testing technology has CU Boulder tie

April 6, 2020

Alumnus worked in lab of Distinguished Professor Marvin Caruthers assisting in the development of pioneering technology

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To divide or not to divide? The mother cell may decide

April 2, 2020

When do cells decide to divide? For 40 years, the textbook answer has been that this decision occurs in the first phase of a cell’s existence – right after a mother cell divides to become daughter cells. But researchers at CU Boulder have found that it’s actually the mother cell...

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Even single-celled organisms need their space: Squished bacteria may shut down photosynthesis

March 23, 2020

In a study published today, a team at CU Boulder took advantage of a new microscopic technique to follow the lives of individual bacteria as they grew and divided in complex colonies.