Two Lab Members Discuss Work

Academic ideas are supposed to thrive on their merits. If only.

Oct. 24, 2018

Allison C. Morgan, Dimitrios J. Economou, Samuel F. Way and Aaron Clauset are all scholars in the department of computer science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. They have just published an important new article about how ideas spread within the academy. I asked them a series of questions...

Swarm Test

Work with bees could unlock potential strength of natural designs in new materials

Sept. 17, 2018

The natural world has had billions of years of evolution to perfect systems, creating elegant solutions to tricky problems. CU Boulder Assistant Professor Orit Peleg ’s work hopes to illuminate and explore those solutions with the long-term goal of applying the answers she finds to the materials we interact with...


Nothing unusual about 'the long peace' since WWII

Feb. 26, 2018

Since the end of World War II, few violent conflicts have erupted between major powers. Scholars have come to call this 73-year period “the long peace.” But is this stretch of relative calm truly unusual in modern human history – and evidence that peace-keeping efforts are working? Or is it...


Arthritis, autoimmune disease discovery could lead to new treatments

Nov. 20, 2017

More than 23.5 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and lupus, in which an overzealous immune response leads to pain, inflammation, skin disorders and other chronic health problems. The conditions are so common that three of the top five selling drugs in the United States aim...


Flu researchers discover new mechanism for battling influenza

Nov. 2, 2017

Just as flu season swings into full gear, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and University of Texas at Austin have uncovered a previously unknown mechanism by which the human immune system tries to battle the influenza A virus. The discovery sheds new light on how the virus —...

Science magazine cover

The possibilities and limits of using data to predict scientific discoveries

Feb. 3, 2017

Amidst the vast and varied ecosystem of modern science, the emerging interdisciplinary field known as the “science of science” is exploring a difficult, but provocative, question: In the age of data science, are future discoveries now predictable? In an article published this week in the journal Science , CU Boulder...

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...

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...

Phil Richardson, an author on a paper recently published in Nature, developed a love for bioinformatics in BioFrontiers' Robin Dowell's lab. His next move: pursuing a graduate degree in medical genomics.

Bioinformatics answers questions

June 5, 2015

Bioinformatics answers questions of cancer and career path Phil Richardson, an author on a paper recently published in Nature, developed a love for bioinformatics in BioFrontiers' Robin Dowell's lab. His next move: pursuing a graduate degree in medical genomics. At some point in school, we were taught that humans are...

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...