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.

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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

Students in lab.

Beckman Scholars Program to give students research experience

Feb. 9, 2017

Undergraduate students at the University of Colorado will soon enjoy a new means of conducting scientific laboratory research, as CU Boulder is one of 11 U.S. institutions to receive a 2017 Beckman Scholars Program Award.

Imaginal Disk

Location, Location, Location: Cellular Hotspot for Tumors and Regeneration

Sept. 1, 2016

Two studies publishing on the 1st September in Open Access journal PLOS Biology identify overlapping groups of cells in the Drosophila larva that have unique properties. In one case, the cells are resistant to irradiation or drug-induced cell death and capable of moving to areas of damaged tissue where they adopt a new fate and initiate regeneration. The second study examines cells from the same location and reports that, upon inactivation of a tumor suppressor gene, these cells but not others elsewhere in the same tissue take a first step towards becoming aggressive tumors. Both sets of authors discuss potential implications for human tumors.

Ding Xue

Researchers unlock longstanding mitochondrial mystery

June 23, 2016

When it comes to mitochondrial inheritance, maternal genes rule the day at the expense of paternal ones. But why? A new study, published today in the journal Science and led by University of Colorado Boulder researchers, sheds new light on a longstanding biological mystery.


CU-Boulder Team Discovers Master Gene Controlling Skin Stem Cell Self-renewal

May 25, 2016

A University of Colorado Boulder research team, in collaboration with a researcher at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has discovered how skin stem cells know when to stop dividing. The findings, published as the cover story in the Feb 5th issue of the journal Science, could point to...

Participants in a modern cell‐biology ‘boot camp’ in Ghana hone their skills in science, technology, and lab work. Photo courtesy of Dick Macintosh.

At the invitation of the University of Ghana, CU-Boulder researchers strengthen Ghanaian grad students grasp of modern cell biology

Feb. 17, 2016

Last month, Dick McIntosh, distinguished professor (emeritus), and Joy Power (’88 BIO), an alumna and lab coordinator, of the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Department at the University of Colorado Boulder, traveled to the University of Ghana in Legon to participate in a two-week course on modern cell biology for...

Glenn Award for Research

Bradley Olwin Awarded Unsolicited $60,000 Grant to Study Muscle Aging

Jan. 28, 2016

CU-Boulder Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Bradley Olwin, has been selected as one of 29 U.S. scientists to receive the 2015 Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging. The award, from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, comes with a $60,000 grant to support Olwin’s research on how the body repairs and regenerates skeletal muscle after injury, in the face of disease, and during the normal aging process.