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

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.

Bill Wood

MCDB's Bill Wood Wins 2016 Elizabeth W. Jones Award from the Genetics Society of America

Jan. 25, 2016

Dr. William B. “Bill” Wood, CU-Boulder distinguished professor emeritus and former MCDB department head, has been awarded the 2016 Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education from the Genetics Society of America (GSA). The award, given “in recognition of his significant and sustained impact in genetics education,” was announced today in a press release. It will be presented in a ceremony in Florida in July.

Professor Jonathan Van Blerkom

Dr. Jonathan Van Blerkom awarded the Robert G. Edwards Prize Paper Award by Reproductive BioMedicine Online for the best paper published in the journal in 2014

Dec. 5, 2015

Just recently in November, Dr. Jonathan Van Blerkom was awarded the Robert G. Edwards Prize Paper Award by Reproductive BioMedicine Online for the best paper published in the journal in 2014. This is an extraordinary accolade in a very competitive field. The paper entitled, “First births with a simplified culture...