Research seed grant program impacts campus with $1.1 million in funding

April 24, 2017

The CU Boulder Innovative Seed Grant Program (ISGP), now in its 11th year, recently announced more than $1.1 million in seed funding through 23 grants, with a focus on interdisciplinary ventures that take investigators in high-risk, high-reward directions. This new round of funding is especially significant in light of the...

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Staff and students commended for sustainability efforts

April 21, 2017

A new sustainability certificate offering in the MBA program; 2,200 gallons of water per day captured at Williams Village North for re-use; and 1,500 pounds of food waste per day diverted from landfills. These are just a few examples of the results this year’s campus sustainability awardees have brought to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Assistant Professor in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Joel Kralj, a BioFrontiers Institute faculty member, became interested in measuring cellular voltage as a postdoctoral researcher.

Kralj NIH Innovation Award

Oct. 4, 2016

Innovator Award winner brings to light the electrical changes in cells Electric voltage powers life: Our brains use electrical transients to process every thought and every heartbeat arises from voltage changes in heart cells. Traditional measurements of voltage inside cells involve scientists making tiny wires and impaling cells, exactly the...

Biochemistry postdoc Tess Eidem shares her experience and resources after attending the Advocating for Science Symposium at MIT. Photo credit: Glenn Asakawa, University of Colorado

Advocating for Science Symposium: Exploring the Changing Landscape of the Scientific Enterprise

Sept. 29, 2016

By Tess Eidem, Ph.D. Last week I had the privilege to attend the Advocating for Science Symposium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I heard Mr. Corb’s and other science advocates’ message on how to use our diverse skills to move science forward. The mission of the two-day symposium...

Aaron Clauset's research is focused on developing computational techniques for a variety of complex networks to better understand social and biological systems.

BioFrontiers' Aaron Clauset wins award for network science

July 3, 2016

Aaron Clauset, an assistant professor of computer science and member of the BioFrontiers Institute, accepted the prestigious Erdős-Rényi Prize in Network Science today in Seoul, Korea for his contributions to the study of network structure, community structure in networks, and his provocative analyses of human conflicts and social stratification. The...

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