Professor Gia Voeltz

Cellular cartographer Voeltz named HHMI investigator, granted $8 million

May 23, 2018

Flip open an intro-to-biology textbook and you’ll likely find a cartoon image of the basic cell structure, with its kidney-bean shaped, round and oblong organs – called organelles - spread out with unique roles and little contact with each other. Thanks to Gia Voeltz, that outdated image is beginning to...

Professor Norm Pace

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Norm Pace receives an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from his alma mater, Indiana University

May 18, 2018

Known for his ground breaking discoveries, Professor Norm Pace returned to receive an honorary degree and delivered a special seminar.

Award being given.

2018 Spring Graduation - Gordon Stone Scholarships

May 10, 2018

This year's Gordon Stone Graduate Student Scholarships went to Dalton Buysse and Daniel Ramirez Hernandez.

Zach and Lila

Luminous Yeast - Art Meets Science

March 27, 2018

MCDB graduate student Zach Wilson and ATLAS graduate student Lila Finch win second prize in Data Visualization Contest . Finch and Wilson combined the science of yeast and Japanese lanterns to build a beautiful representation of knowledge in microbiology. See their work here...

Schematic of an atomic force microscope in action.

Atomic Force Microscopy Breakthrough

Nov. 29, 2017

Tom Perkins has won a 2017 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research. Perkins is being recognized for work described as New twists in the molecules of life . In a decade long project, Perkins developed powerful new tools to measure and study individual biomolecules.

Norman Pace

2017 Massry Prize honors Norman Pace

Aug. 9, 2017

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Norman Pace of CU Boulder’s Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) has been awarded the 2017 Massry Prize for his microbiome research. Pace will share the award and the $200,000 honorarium with Rob Knight of the University of California San Diego and Jeffrey Gordon of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

A patient prepares to undergo radiation therapy. Credit: National Cancer Institute

Discovery could lead to fewer side effects, better results for cancer patients

July 19, 2017

More than half of cancer patients undergo radiotherapy, in which high doses of radiation are aimed at diseased tissue to kill cancer cells. But due to a phenomenon known as radiation-induced bystander effect (RIBE), in which irradiated cells leak chemical signals that can travel some distance to damage unexposed healthy...

Four MCDB Alumni Elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 3, 2017

The National Academy of Sciences today announced the election of 84 new members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing research achievements. Election to the National Academy of Sciences is one of the nation’s most prestigious scientific honors. Among the newly elected members, four are MCDB alumni.

Image of authors Min Han and Hongyun Tang

In Roundworms, Fats Tip the Scales of Fertility

April 20, 2017

Proper nutrition can unleash amazing powers, moms have always assured us, frequently citing Popeye the Sailor Man as evidence. Now, two University of Colorado Boulder scientists have confirmed just how potent some nutrients can be. In findings published today in the journal Cell, postdoctoral fellow Hongyun Tang and Professor Min Han, both of CU Boulder’s Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, detail how fat levels in a tiny soil-dwelling roundworm (C. elegans) can tip the balance between whether the worm makes eggs or sperm. Although the researchers discovered this phenomenon in worms, the research could have implications for future studies into human fertility and reproductive development.

Tom Perkins working on a lab instrument.

Unwinding the mysteries of protein folding

March 2, 2017

Tom Perkins and JILA team unfold proteins with precise new instrumentation