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Study explains how geckos gracefully gallop on water

Rockefeller News, December 6, 2018

Jasmine Nirody, a Rockefeller fellow in physics and biology, recently published a study in Current Biology that reveals how Geckos scurry across the water’s surface at impressive speeds.

Mosquito genome opens new avenues for reducing bug-borne disease

Rockefeller News, November 14, 2018

A recent multi-institutional study, led by Leslie Vosshall, has produced a new blueprint of the Aedes aegypti genome that vastly improves upon its predecessor. The study, published in Nature, describes important applications of this resource including multiple strategies for reducing mosquito-borne illnesses.

In tiny worms, researchers find spiking neurons—and clues about brain computation

Rockefeller News, October 2, 2018

Researchers in Cori Bargmann’s laboratory have mapped all 302 neurons that make up the C. elegans nervous system. However, until now, they had never observed action potentials in these cells.

Scientists investigate how DEET confuses countless critters

Rockefeller News, September 26, 2018

First developed in the 1940s, DEET can be found in most bug sprays used today. A recent collaboration between Rockefeller University professors Leslie Vosshall, Cori Bargmann, and former W&S Graduate Fellow has shed light on how this chemical might confound the senses of vastly different species. Their findings were recently published in Nature magazine.

Announcing the Winners of the 2018 Blavatnik Regional Awards from Young Scientists

Blavatnick Awards for Young Scientists, September 5, 2018

Former RU postdoc Shruti Naik, who was recently appointed an Assistant Professor of Immunology & Microbiology at NYU School of Medicine, is the recipient of this prestigious award recognizing outstanding young scientists in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

New faculty member studies the architecture of the genome

Rockefeller News, August 20, 2018

Viviana I. Risca will join Rockefeller as tenure-track professor heading the new Laboratory of Genome Architecture and Dynamics in January 2019. Her research takes a biophysical approach to examining the detailed structures that organize and support DNA and gene expression in living cells.

Structure of ion channel reveals how insects smell their way around the world

Rockefeller News, August 15, 2018

Taking advantage of recent advances in electron microscopy, Vanessa Ruta’s research answers long-held questions about insect olfaction and evolution.

New faculty member studies the mechanics of development, challenging long-held assumptions

Rockefeller News, July 17, 2018

Amy Shyer, Ph.D., a developmental biologist who just concluded a Miller Fellowship at UC Berkeley, joined the Rockefeller University faculty on July 1, 2018 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor and head of the Laboratory of Morphogenesis.

David Rockefeller Fellowship awarded to graduate student Krithika Venkataraman

Rockefeller News, July 10, 2018

Former Women & Science Graduate Fellow Krithika Venkataraman has been recognized for her study of the hormonal triggers that lead female mosquitoes to toggle between hunting for blood and spawning eggs.

Florence Sabin Pioneered Her Way in Medical Science, Then Made Sure Other Women Could Do the Same

Smithsonian.com, July 6, 2018

Florence Sabin, a pioneering research scientist who worked at The Rockefeller Institute from 1925 to 1938, helped lay the groundwork for curing tuberculosis and helped to promote women doctors in an era when their career options in medicine were limited.

What in the world are telomeres and why do they matter?

BrandeisNOW, April 9, 2018

This year’s winner of the prestigious Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research, Rockefeller University scientist Titia de Lange, will officially receive the honor on Thursday, April 12.

Mosquito Brain Atlas Aims to Reveal Neural Circuitry of Behavior

hhmi.org, March 6, 2018

Led by Rockefeller scientist Leslie Vosshall, HHMI researchers have built mosquitobrains.org, the first map of the female mosquito brain. The new resource may ultimately uncover the circuitry behind biting and other behaviors.

Scientists shed light on biological roots of individuality

Rockefeller News, February 16, 2018

Using a newly engineered system that allows scientists to record behavioral information for individual worms over an entire lifecycle, Cori Bargmann is illuminating the biology that guides behavior across different stages of life, as well as behavioral variation within species.

Do Genes Direct Our Behavior? [Video]

Scientific American, December 8, 2017

Rockefeller University neuroscientist Cori Bargmann discusses her efforts to determine the roots of animal behavior, from worms to humans, by studying how genes affect their sense of smell.

Mary E. Hatten honored with the Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience

Rockefeller News, November 28, 2017

Mary E. Hatten, a neuroscientist who studies the mechanisms of neuronal differentiation and migration during the early stages of embryonic development, has been awarded the 2017 Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience. The $25,000 prize, given annually by the Society for Neuroscience, honors an outstanding scientist who has made significant contributions to neuroscience throughout his or her career.

Inflammation trains the skin to heal faster

Rockefeller News, October 18, 2017

New research from The Rockefeller University’s Robin Chemers Neustein Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development, conducted in part by former Women & Science Graduate Fellow Samantha Larsen, reveals that wounds or other harmful, inflammation-provoking experiences impart long-lasting memories to stem cells residing in the skin, teaching them to heal subsequent injuries faster.

Cori Bargmann elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Rockefeller News, October 16, 2017

Cori Bargmann, a neuroscientist who studies the relationship between genes, neural circuits, and behavior, has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, the health and medicine arm of the National Academy of Sciences.

Titia de Lange to receive 2017 Rosenstiel Award

Rockefeller News, October 6, 2017

Titia de Lange, a biochemist who studies the protective ends of chromosomes known as telomeres, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research, a highly prestigious honor presented annually by Brandeis University. She is recognized for her elucidation of the mechanism of telomere protection and the maintenance of genome stability.

JoAnne Stubbe of MIT will receive the 2017 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize

Rockefeller News, October 5, 2017

The Rockefeller University today announced that JoAnne Stubbe will receive the 2017 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, the preeminent international award honoring outstanding women scientists. Stubbe, who is the Novartis Professor of Chemistry and Biology Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will receive the 14th annual Prize in a ceremony at Rockefeller on November 7, 2017. Paula A. Johnson, president of Wellesley College, will present the award.

Team of Rival Scientists Comes Together to Fight Zika

The New York Times, March 30, 2016

With the Zika virus spreading largely unchecked in Latin America and the Caribbean by way of a now-notorious insect, some of the nation’s leading mosquito researchers, including Rockefeller University scientist Leslie Vosshall, are striving to assemble a state-of-the-art DNA map that they say will help them fight the disease with the mosquito’s own genetic code.