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 ).

Prof. Ding Xue

MCDB Researchers Find Molecule that Repairs Damaged Nerves

Jan. 7, 2015

MCDB Professor Ding Xue and colleagues reported their important findings today in the journals Nature and Nature Communications . Two new studies involving the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia have identified a unique molecule that not only gobbles up bad cells, but...

Prof. Mark Winey

MCDB Chair Mark Winey named prestigious AAAS fellow

Dec. 3, 2014

Four faculty members from the University of Colorado Boulder have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The honor recognizes their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. This year, 401 members of AAAS were named fellows. The four CU-Boulder...

Prof. Gia Voeltz

ER Contact Sites Define the Position and Timing of Endosome Fission

Nov. 21, 2014

Research by Ashley Rowland and Gia Voeltz is featured on the cover of Cell this month. Summary Endocytic cargo and Rab GTPases are segregated to distinct domains of an endosome. These domains maintain their identity until they undergo fission to traffic cargo. It is not fully understood how segregation of...