L-R: Josh Peifer, Joanne Vozoff, Joe Dragavon

For BioFrontiers and Syncroness collaboration, imaging is everything

March 19, 2018

L-R: Josh Peifer, Joanne Vozoff, Joe Dragavon When Syncroness, a Westminster-based technical product development and engineering firm, needed a highly technical solution to satisfy a client need, it turned to CU Boulder and the BioFrontiers Institute for assistance. The decision paid off, providing access to the BioFrontiers Advanced Light Microscopy...

Bacteria microscope image

Bacteria have feelings, too

Aug. 15, 2017

For humans, our sense of touch is relayed to the brain via small electrical pulses. Now, CU Boulder scientists have found that individual bacteria, too, can feel their external environment in a similar way. In a new study, CU Boulder researchers have demonstrated that E. coli bacteria cells get excited...

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...

Joel Kralj is using fluorescent proteins to reveal how bacterial use electricity to stay alive.

Cracking the code on bacterial voltage

April 13, 2015

Searle Scholars Award winner is cracking the code on bacterial voltage Electric voltage powers life – Our brains use electrical transients to process every thought; every heartbeat arises from voltage changes in heart cells. Despite its importance, voltage changes in bacteria were never really studied because the cells were just...

BioFrontiers' Will Old is leading the SPARTA team.

CU-Boulder lab awarded $14.6 million DARPA contract

Feb. 3, 2014

The University of Colorado was recently awarded a cooperative agreement worth up to $14.6 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a new technological system to rapidly determine how drugs and biological or chemical agents affect human cells. The project, called the Subcellular Pan-Omics for the...

Huntley, Dowell and Driscoll work in the Sequencing Facility (Photo: Casey Cass)

BioFrontiers partners with Avery Brewing

Jan. 31, 2014

BioFrontiers partners with world’s oldest biotech industry: Breweries In the basement of the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building on CU-Boulder’s East Campus sits a machine that can sequence roughly 6 billion DNA segments in about a week. By comparison, human DNA consists of roughly 3 billion bases, and it took...

Lights, Cells, Action!

Oct. 19, 2011

Lights, Cells, Action! One of the best ways to really see something is to turn on the lights. Amy Palmer, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Biofrontiers Institute faculty member, is the kind of professor that can shine a light on subjects for her students, and...

Biofrontiers scientist, Hubert Yin, is using fluorescent biomarkers to develop a better screening method for cancer.

Biomarkers light the way to cancer diagnosis

Sept. 13, 2011

Biomarkers light the way to cancer diagnosis In an 18-year study released this summer by the National Cancer Institute, widespread screening for ovarian cancer was found to be ineffective in catching the disease. In fact, the screening often did more harm than good, leading women to unnecessary surgery and the...