CU’s 2018 Boettcher Investigators, from left, David H. Root, Edward Chuong, Kathleen M. Gavin, Eszter K. Vladar, Jean M. Mulcahy Levy and Matthew Taliaferro.

New Faculty Member Ed Chuong Named Boettcher Investigator

June 18, 2018

Six University of Colorado researchers at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and CU Boulder have been named Boettcher Investigators in the Boettcher Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program for 2018. The awards support promising, early career scientific researchers, allowing them to establish their independent research and compete in the future for...

Daniel Youmans and Tom Cech

Researchers peer inside cells to spy on cancer's on-off switch

June 13, 2018

Medical student Daniel Youmans (left) and Tom Cech (right), director of the BioFrontiers Institute, look over an image from a high-powered microscope (Credit: Glenn Asakawa/CU Boulder) Forty years after researchers first discovered it in fruit flies, a once-obscure cluster of proteins called PRC2 has become a key target for new...

Timmons Family

A Tale of Horses and Heroes

May 31, 2018

Dan and Gloria Timmons were living in suburban splendor with their two daughters and two dogs when Mariposa and Montez joined the family and drastically changed the next chapter of their lives. “We had begun searching for horses to buy for our daughters and the cost of horses was staggering...

Stephanie Moon, Ph.D.

Gaining mechanistic insight into neurological changes in Down Syndrome through the study of the rare genetic disorder Vanishing White Matter disease

May 22, 2018

Down Syndrome is the most common chromosomal disorder, with 1 in every ~700 newborns in the U.S. affected. Down Syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra copy of chromosome 21. This additional chromosome can affect development and disease susceptibility. Recent work suggests that development of a region of...

Palmer

Fluorescent tag allows for real-time imaging of bacterial infection

May 9, 2018

Researchers at the BioFrontiers Institute have developed a fluorescent-based approach to study virulence proteins secreted by the Listeria monocytogenes pathogen. The work was performed by the lab of Dr. Amy Palmer and recently published in Biophysical Journal. Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium which causes the foodborne illness listeriosis in approximately...

Ahn Luger

National Academy of Sciences inducts 2 CU Boulder professors

May 7, 2018

Pioneering biochemists Natalie Ahn and Karolin Luger have been inducted into the National Academy of Sciences , an honor that recognizes "distinguished and continuing achievements in original research." Membership in the prestigious organization is widely considered to be one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive. "It's really...

RNA splicing dance

Tom Cech leads RNA splicing dance

April 20, 2018

As part of BioFrontiers Institute Professor John Rinn’s biochemistry class, this week graduate students performed an RNA splicing interpretive dance on the west lawn of the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotech Building. CU Nobel Laureate and BioFrontiers Director Tom Cech (in the tie-dye T-shirt) played the starring role of the catalytic...

Ahn

Professors honored for work in cell signals, ultrafast lasers

April 20, 2018

Two CU Boulder professors are among the latest group of scientists, politicians, artists and more elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science . The academy, which was founded in 1780 and has claimed such luminaries as Albert Einstein and Margaret Mead as members, “honors exceptional scholars, leaders, artists,...

Sawyer Lab

Researchers describe new viral mechanism for balancing alternate host species

April 19, 2018

Sawyer Lab, BioFrontiers Institute, University of Colorado Boulder University of Colorado Boulder researchers studying virus spillover have uncovered a clue explaining why dengue viruses reach high concentrations in humans, but not in primates, their presumed natural source. The work was performed by the lab of Dr. Sara Sawyer at the...

Participants of BizWest's CEO Roundtable on Life Sciences in Boulder are, from left, Misha Plam, Ron Squarer, David Kerr, William Marshall, Chris Shapard, Jennifer Jones, Tin Tin Su, Pawel Fludzinski, Amy Beckley, Tom Cech, Becky Potts, Kyle Lefkoff, Tom Hertzberg, Jonathan Vaught, Marvin Caruthers, Not pictured: Brynmor Reese. BizWest/Jensen Werley.

Boulder’s bioscience industry growing to critical mass

April 18, 2018

After years of companies being sold off or growing and relocating, Boulder’s life-sciences sector is showing signs of reaching critical mass. Companies such as Clovis Oncology Inc. (Nasdaq: CLVS), SomaLogic Inc., Array Biopharma Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRY) and miRagen Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: MGEN) are showing that homegrown businesses can continue to...

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