Chris Smith is a student in the BioFrontiers Institute's IQ Biology PhD program.

IQ Biology student wins 2015 GRFP fellowship from NSF

May 28, 2015

The National Science Foundation recently announced the recipients of the coveted 2015 Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) awards . These prestigious awards have been given since 1952 to graduate students who show a demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Chris Smith, a first-year student from the BioFrontiers Institute’s...

BioFrontiers Hubert Yin is focused on toll-like receptors that may play a role in new therapies for neurodegenerative diseases.

Finding a new strategy for Parkinson's

May 12, 2015

If you believe the common adage that you are only using ten percent of your brain, while the other ninety percent remains untapped potential, you are about to be surprised. It’s true that about ten percent of your nervous system is made up of hard-working neurons, diligently delivering messages back...

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 Hubert Yin is focused on toll-like receptors that may play a role in new cancer therapies.

Unlocking toll-like receptors

April 10, 2015

BioFrontiers’ Hubert Yin is unlocking the power of toll-like receptors Hubert Yin has been thinking about one type of cell receptor since he joined the BioFrontiers Institute, and it is a receptor worthy of that kind of time. Yin, an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is focusing much of...

Daniel Malmer is a second-year graduate student in the IQ Biology Interdisciplinary PhD program at BioFrontiers.

IQ Biology Blog: Computing Machinery and Mouse Genomes

March 10, 2015

I recently attended the 2014 Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (ACM BCB) with fellow IQ Biology student Joey Azofeifa and our advisor Robin Dowell. The conference had many interesting talks, ranging from theory-heavy explanations of algorithm improvements to very applied talks on using...

Telomeres sit at the ends of chromosomes to protect their genetic data (colorful DNA pic) Credit: Jane Ades, NHGRI

Research on small cellular changes may lead to big cancer solutions

March 10, 2015

Among cancers, scientists have spent their entire research careers looking for cellular similarities that may lead to a single cure for many cancers –– the rare chance to have a single answer to a multifaceted problem. In 1997, scientists discovered a gene that they believed was the key to cellular...

The 2014 CU Buffs iGEM team logo includes a James Bond-inspired buffalo with a pipetting gun.

CU at the World iGEM Jamboree

Jan. 29, 2015

Just a few weeks ago, we boarded a plane destined for Boston and the 2014 World iGEM Jamboree . Once we arrived, we were racing to the hotel to put some finishing touches onto our power point presentation. Our team was selected as one of the first teams to present...


CU is heading to Boston for the iGEM Jamboree

Jan. 29, 2015

In just a few days, members from our team will be boarding a plane to Boston. When we arrive, we are participating in an annual synthetic biology competition against both foreign and domestic teams at an international conference, held by the International Genetically Engineered Machines Foundation (iGEM). There we will...

The 2013 iGEM Buffs took home a regional award for their work, now published in ACS Synthetic Biology. The 2014 competed at the international level and took home a Silver Award.

CU Boulder Wins Silver at 2014 iGEM

Jan. 29, 2015

CU-Boulder Student Team Wins Silver at Premiere Biology Competition The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) event is the top synthetic biology competition in the world and the CU-Boulder team wanted to make an impact at this year’s competition in Boston. Last year’s 2013 Buffs iGEM team was successful, winning a...

IQ Biology Program Wins IGERT

Jan. 13, 2015

BioFrontiers Institute's IQ Biology program wins National Science Foundation Grant The BioFrontiers Institute’s Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology Certificate Ph.D. ( IQ Biology ) program recently was awarded a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. These funds will be spent over the...