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New research shows that mosquitoes sense repellent through their legs

Scientists made the surprising discovery that the insects’ displeasure for touching DEET, the active ingredient in many repellents, helps prevent bites.

Small brains, big decisions 

Life is full of binary choices, even for small animals like fruit flies. With new technologies, scientists can now dissect the mechanisms of decision making in the simplest of brains, at the levels of individual molecules, cells, and networks.

To curb infection, bacteria direct their defenses against themselves

To fight off invading viruses, bacteria have evolved a slew of creative defense tactics. New research shows that in some cases, microbes go to great lengths to keep an infection from spreading, even destroying bits of their own genetic material.

Recent Awards and Honors

Josefina del Mármol and Shiri Gur-Cohen receive Tri-Institutional Breakout Awards

June 3, 2021

del Mármol, from Vanessa Ruta’s lab, and Gur-Cohen, from Elaine Fuchs’s lab, are recognized for their respective postdoctoral work.

Katya Vinogradova

Ekaterina V. Vinogradova named a Searle Scholar

May 20, 2021

Vinogradova receives the honor for her work designing chemical probes to dissect and alter immune protein function.

More awards and honors

Rockefeller in the News

Quanta Magazine

“It’s a crazy system to think about,” said Vanessa Ruta, a neuroscientist at Rockefeller University who led the research reported in the recent preprint. “So we realized that the best way to gain insight into this problem would probably be through structural methods.”  

The New York Times

“People who were infected and get vaccinated really have a terrific response, a terrific set of antibodies, because they continue to evolve their antibodies,” Dr. Nussenzweig said. “I expect that they will last for a long time.”

STAT News

“Depending potentially on the vaccination protocol, the vaccines are good enough to deal” with B.1.351 and other variants, said virologist Theodora Hatziioannou of Rockefeller University, an author of the study. “At least,” she added, “the variants we’ve seen up to now.” 

Seek magazine

Rockefeller’s flagship publication is interested not just in scientific results, but in the people, ideas, and conversations that ignite discovery. The latest issue takes us inside the response to the pandemic, where scientists are using every tool in the 21st century playbook to transform COVID-19 into a manageable disease. Also: Mosquito menace, The brain inside your gut, and Addiction then and now.


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