Robin Dowell collaborated with MCDB's Joaquin Espinosa and Mary Allen (pictured below) to make sense of p53.

New Technology, New Understanding of p53: The Tumor-Suppressor Gene

May 14, 2014

A major collaboration of Colorado institutions uses new technology to show, after more than 30 years and 50,000 papers on the subject, the direct targets of the gene p53, the most potent “tumor suppressor” gene. The finding is a strong step toward affecting the disease trajectories of nearly all cancer...

Leinwand's research opens the door to the possibility of personalized treatment for heart disease.

Leinwand joins American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 24, 2014

University of Colorado Boulder biologist Leslie Leinwand has been selected as a member of the 2014 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which honors the leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation, including scientists, scholars, writers and artists. Leinwand—chief scientific officer for CU-Boulder’s BioFrontiers Institute and a...

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is one of the most prestigious awards available for student researchers.

IQ Biology students win fellowships from NSF

April 21, 2014

The National Science Foundation recently announced the recipients of their coveted 2014 Graduate Research Fellowship awards . These prestigious awards have been given since 1952 to graduate students who show a demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Two students from the BioFrontiers Institute’s Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology PhD...

BioFrontiers' Robin Dowell won a Faculty Early Career Development grant from the National Science Foundation.

CAREER scientist thrives at the intersection of research and teaching

March 21, 2014

Most university faculty divide their time between research activities, teaching and service to their institutions, sometimes putting in hundreds of hours weekly to accomplish the job’s demands. Being able to shine in all of these areas is a rare accomplishment, especially for newer faculty. For BioFrontiers faculty member Robin Dowell,...

Seed grant applicants presented posters at the 2013 Butcher Symposium in November.

2014 Butcher Seed Grant Winners Announced

March 12, 2014

Butcher Seed Grant Winners Seven recipients of the 2014 Butcher Seed Grant Awards were recently notified of their winning proposals in interdisciplinary bioscience. These grants bring critical funding to many of Colorado’s top academic researchers wanting to expand their scientific discoveries and build new collaborations that span disciplines and academic...

Leslie Leinwand is looking for new ways to treat pediatric heart disease.

Stopping heart disease before it starts

Feb. 28, 2014

The motor protein, myosin, has fascinated BioFrontiers Chief Scientific Officer Leslie Leinwand for more than 25 years. This protein is responsible for making muscles contract in the body, but Leinwand, a professor in molecular, cellular and developmental biology, is interested in its function in one important muscle: the heart. Myosin...

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...

JSCBB's Butcher Auditorium was packed for the day-long event.

JSCBB Mini Symposium

Dec. 19, 2013

JSCBB Mini Symposium Encourages Collaboration It looks a lot like the other buildings on the CU-Boulder campus, with its rustic Italian-inspired tile roof and red brick, but the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building (affectionately known by its inhabitants as JSCBB) is something quite different. It was designed to support those...

Joey Azofeifa is a second-year graduate student in the IQ Biology program. He works in Robin Dowell's lab at the BioFrontiers Institute.

Science is Hard

Nov. 18, 2013

It must be said that I have had a very difficult time writing this blog-post. The reason, after a few too many cups of coffee, came clear to me: Science is Hard (and I worried if that’s what I should tell my readers). Certainly there are intellectual struggles in Science,...

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