Prof. Mark Winey

Collaborate and listen to reproduce research

July 29, 2015

Cell-biology labs often struggle to reproduce the research results of other groups. But a 15 July report suggests that many of those troubles would vanish if scientists reached out to the original experimenters. The report, released by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), includes survey results from hundreds of...

Amber Sorenson

Amber Sorenson Awarded 2015 Blumenthal Fellowship in Down Syndrome

July 16, 2015

MCDB is pleased to announce that the first Blumenthal Fellowship in Down Syndrome has been awarded to Amber Sorenson, a PhD student in Robin Dowell's lab in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) and the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder . The Blumenthal Fellowship...

Prof. Norman Pace

Microbiologist Pace retiring after illustrious career

May 6, 2015

Norman Pace, a University of Colorado Boulder distinguished professor in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology (MCDB), is retiring after this semester. His research and teaching career has been punctuated with prestigious awards, including election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1991 and the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Award” in 2001...

CU students at work hunting phage.

Freshman Phage Hunters Part of Huge Study on Tiny Creatures

April 29, 2015

Most scientific papers list a handful of co-authors, but in a monumental example of scientific collaboration and real-world undergraduate research education, a study appearing this week in the online journal eLIFE includes more than 2500 undergraduate authors from 81 colleges and universities around the world. Among the young researchers are...

Prof. Joel Kralj

Joel Kralj Wins Searle

April 13, 2015

By Paul Muhlrad Barely six months into his new job, Joel Kralj is already making his mark. Kralj, an assistant professor in CU-Boulder’s Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and member of the BioFrontiers Institute, is one of 15 newly named Searle Scholars, selected among nominees from 153 of...

Prof. Jennifer Knight

CADRE Center to Study the Use of Concept Inventories in Genetics and STEM Education

April 10, 2015

The W. M. Keck Foundation has awarded a $300,000 grant to CU-Boulder School of Education Professor Derek Briggs and CU Denver School of Education & Human Development Professor Bud Talbot , and CU-Boulder Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) Instructor Jenny Knight to study the usefulness of popular...

Prof. Tin Tin Su

Professor Tin Tin Su Named Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor

April 8, 2015

Special Undergraduate Enrichment Programs is honored to announce the recipients of the 2014-15 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Awards. Undergraduates submitted letters of nomination highlighting their faculty mentor’s role on their scholarly development. This is the inaugural year for this annual recognition to honor the deep impacts of undergraduate research mentorship.

Prof. Robin Dowell

Dowell Lab Advances Understanding of Polyploidization and Evolution

March 19, 2015

Polyploidization ‐ where the chromosome number is more than double the normal or haploid number ‐ is common in fungi, plants and animals, but its influence on evolution is unclear. The Dowell Lab study describes bench-top evolution experiments on haploid, diploid and tetraploid asexual yeast strains showing that polyploidy can...

Prof. Tin Tin Su

CU Dignitaries Visit MCDB Labs

Feb. 20, 2015

Some distinguished “students” dropped in on MCDB’s new Discovery Based Laboratory class yesterday. MCDB 2171 hosted CU President Bruce Benson, CU Boulder Chancellor Phillip DiStefano, Provost Russell Moore, Arts and Sciences Dean Steven Leigh, and the Board of Regents to see for themselves how MCDB undergraduates are diving right into...

Details of Biochemistry

Cell death machinery makes life more robust

Feb. 4, 2015

Benjamin Weaver and Rebecca Zabinsky have shown that a protein called CED-3, which is a key regulator of the programed cell death pathway or ‘apoptosis’, works with the machinery involved in microRNA-mediated gene regulation to control normal animal development ( Weaver et al., 2014 ).