BioFrontiers' Sara Sawyer discovered that a gene in S. cerevisiae and multiple other Saccharomyces yeast species appears to rapidly evolve to recognize and destroy attacking viruses.

Yeast gene rapidly evolves to attack viruses

Oct. 6, 2016

Humans have used Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast in baking, brewing and winemaking for millennia. New research from the University of Idaho and the University of Colorado Boulder reveals another way that yeast species can help our species: by demonstrating how viruses interact with their hosts, and how hosts may evolve to...

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...

April Goebl is a graduate student in the IQ Biology PhD certificate program at the BioFrontiers Institute.

IQ Biology Blog: My experience with Evolution

Aug. 30, 2016

by April Goebl Attending Evolution, the premier international conference for evolutionary biology, had a big influence on my recently spawned, yet still vague, choice to pursue a career in evolutionary biology. Held in Austin, Texas this year and the largest conference in its field, Evolution is a joint event for...

Tom Cech's lab is focused, in part, on studying telomerase: a powerful enzyme found at the ends of chromosomes.

Live Cells reveal cancer process

Aug. 11, 2016

A deep look inside the live cells reveals a key cancer process Telomerase, a powerful enzyme found at the ends of chromosomes, can keep humans healthy, or promote cancer growth. Researchers at the University of Colorado in Boulder used a process called single-molecule imaging to look into the complicated processes...

John Milligan – photo courtesy of Gilead Sciences

Continuing a bioscience legacy at CU Boulder

Aug. 1, 2016

John Milligan spent two years at the University of Colorado Boulder during his graduate studies in the mid-1980’s. He helped to move his mentor, Dr. Olke Uhlenbeck, in a U-Haul truck across the Great Plains to the Rockies. Uhlenbeck was recruited from the University of Illinois in 1986 to head...

Aaron Clauset is an assistant professor of computer science at CU-Boulder and a faculty member of the BioFrontiers Institute.

Five Questions about Network Science

July 3, 2016

Five Questions for Aaron Clauset Aaron Clauset is an assistant professor of computer science at CU-Boulder and a faculty member of the BioFrontiers Institute. He recently accepted the 2016 Erdős-Rényi Prize in Network Science, which is an international prize awarded annually to a researcher under 40 who has made fundamental...

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...

BioFrontiers' Aaron Clauset used computer networking techniques to better understand malaria's genetic strategy.

Tracking malaria's evolution

Oct. 12, 2015

A new paper published Nature Communications , coauthored by a researcher at the University of Colorado’s BioFrontiers Institute, looked at the genetic strategy used by the human malaria parasite and how old it is from an evolutionary perspective. BioFrontiers’ Aaron Clauset, an assistant professor of computer science, was part of...

Sara Sawyer recently joined BioFrontiers. Now that the dust is settling in her lab, she's back to focusing on zoonotic diseases.

Using evolution to fight disease

June 25, 2015

New BioFrontiers lab uses evolution to fight disease by Paul McDivitt Photo: Sara Sawyer Ebola comes from bats, HIV from primates, and new strains of influenza from birds and pigs. With zoonotic diseases – those capable of transmission from animals to humans – grabbing headlines across the globe, understanding how...