Corrie Detweiler has teamed up with a Boulder company to work on compounds that make old antibiotics new again. (Credit: Patrick Campbell/CU Boulder)

Battling superbugs: New compounds could make old antibiotics new

Sept. 24, 2018

With antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” now infecting 2 million people per year and a dearth of new medications in the pipeline to treat them, CU Boulder researchers are taking a novel approach to addressing the looming public health crisis.

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How Skin Begins

Sept. 17, 2018

Researchers in the lab of MCDB Associate Professor Rui Yi have shed new light on the way cells in the early embryo develop into skin.

The Porter Bioscience building under construction.

MCDB Turns 50!

Sept. 6, 2018

A scientific A-list of more than 250 alumni and former faculty members will return to CU Boulder this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a department credited with expanding what it means to study “biology,” putting Boulder on the map as a biotech hub and opening doors to discoveries...

Zoe Donaldson

Zoe Donaldson Awarded $1.6 Million NSF EDGE Grant

Aug. 31, 2018

MCDB Assistant Professor Zoe Donaldson has received one of 11 National Science Foundation EDGE ("Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools") grant to support research toward "Understanding the Rules of Life." Through her pioneering studies on monogamous prairie voles, Donaldson seeks to understand the genomic and neuronal underpinnings of complex social behaviors...

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MCDB Researchers Discover an Unexpected Upside of E. coli

Aug. 23, 2018

Best known as a pathogen that causes food poisoning or steals nutrients away from its host, the E. coli bacterium actually plays a critical role in promoting health by producing a compound that helps cells take up iron, new CU Boulder research shows. The study , published today in the...

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 Thanks to Gia Voeltz, that outdated image is beginning to...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 Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from 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.

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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.

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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...

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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.