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Converstations with Giants in Medicine: Elaine Fuchs

Journal of Clinical Investigation, November 1, 2019

Rockefeller faculty member Elaine Fuchs is best known for revolutionizing the molecular and genetic study of skin. Her research has shed light on dermatologic disorders and all aspects of skin growth and regeneration.

Lymphatic system found to play key role in hair regeneration

Rockefeller News, November 1, 2019

New research, led by Elaine Fuchs, indicates that stem cells can influence tissue regeneration. The study identifies a molecular coordination tool used by stem cells to signal across niches.

Julia Sliwa Receives the Peter and Patricia Gruber Award

ICM Brain and Spine Institute, October 21, 2019

Former W&S Fellow Julia Sliwa received the Peter and Patricia Gruber International Award, which recognizes young neuroscientists for their outstanding work in an international context.

Northwestern faculty elected to National Academy of Science

Northwestern Now, October 21, 2019

Rockefeller alumna Catherine Woolley has been honored with election to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. The academy serves as a source of expertise to inspire action across the private and public sectors regarding critical issues in health, medicine and science.

Shapeshifting receptors may explain mysterious drug failures

Rockefeller News, October 4, 2019

Former W&S Rockefeller scientists, including W&S Graduate Fellow Emily Lorenzen, have found that G protein-coupled receptors interact with so-called receptor activity, making them take up different configurations inside the body than in the lab.

Vanessa Ruta named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow

Rockefeller News, September 25, 2019

Vanessa Ruta, Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Associate Professor, has been named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow. One of the most prestigious funding programs in the world, the MacArthur Fellowships invest in the potential of exceptionally creative individuals, providing unrestricted grants to individuals in the sciences, arts, and other fields.

Announcing the Tri-State’s Brightest Postdoctoral Scientists of 2019

The New York Academy of Sciences, September 4, 2019

Former W&S Graduate Fellow Laura Duvall was one of three researchers to be awarded the 2019 Blavatnik Regional Award for Young Scientists, which recognizes outstanding scientists from academic research institutions across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Regeneron Announces the 2019 Winners of the Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation

Regeneron Pharmacueticals, Inc. (via PR Newswire), July 18, 2019

Former W&S Graduate Fellow Samantha Larsen was one of two scientists to be awarded a top-tier Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation, which recognizes promising early-career scientists.

Hinge-like protein may open new doors in cystic fibrosis treatment

Rockefeller News, July 9, 2019

Jue Chen‘s lab recently became the first to characterize how new drugs for cystic fibrosis, called potentiators, target a protein on the cell membrane, called cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator, at an atomic scale.

Rita Allen Foundation Announces 2019 Scholars

Philanthropy News Digest, July 8, 2019

Li Zhao is among the 2019 class of Rita Allen Foundation Scholars, an annual program that recognizes young biomedical science researchers whose work has the potential to advance human health.

President Announces Recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Whitehouse.gov, July 2, 2019

Priya Rajasethupathy was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which is the highest honor given by US Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers.

Learning from experience is all in the timing

Rockefeller News, June 26, 2019

Using fruit flies, researchers in Vanessa Ruta’s lab, including former W&S Fellow Annie Handler, showed that an odor can be either appealing or disgusting to an animal depending on when the smell is encountered relative to a reward. The study, described in Cell, describes this process at the cellular level—insights that likely pertain not just to flies, but to learning across the animal kingdom.

Marijuana Damages Young Brains

The New York Times, June 16, 2019

Mary Jeanne Kreek, who heads Rockefeller’s Laboratory of the Biology of Addictive Diseases, is co-author of this NYT op-ed explaining the harmful effects of marijuana on brain function for individuals below the age of 25.

New Leadership for Graduate Education

Harvard Medical School News, June 7, 2019

Harvard Medical School announced that Rosalind Segal has been appointed dean for graduate education, effective August 1st. Dr. Segal jointly earned a Ph.D. in cell biology from Rockefeller University in 1985, and an M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1986.

Cellular rivalry promotes healthy skin development

Rockefeller News, May 15, 2019

In a recent study published by Nature, scientists from the laboratory of Elaine Fuchs showed that skin cells in mice engage in two forms of competition, one taking place during early embryonic development and the other occurring just before birth. The researchers believe that this cutthroat cellular conflict is crucial to the cultivation of healthy skin.

You Will Never Smell My World the Way I Do

The New York Times, May 3, 2019

A study led by Leslie Vosshall found that odors such as whiskey’s smokiness, the smell of beets, and lily of the valley perfume can be utterly different depending on your genetic wiring.

Study pinpoints what causes relapse after cancer immunotherapy

Rockefeller News, April 25, 2019

The lab of Elaine Fuchs, Rockefeller’s Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor, has identified the tumor cells responsible for causing relapse in cancer patients who receive immunotherapy. Their research is providing new insight into how these cells thwart the treatment.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative takes collaborative approach to ambitious biomedicine goals

Healio.com, March 26, 2019

In a presentation at the Endocrine Society Annual Meeting, Cori Bargmann, the Rockefeller University’s Torsten N. Wiesel Professor, discussed the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s efforts to cure, prevent, or manage all human disease by the end of the century. Cori concurrently serves as the CZ Initiative’s first president of science.

Another Obstacle for Women in Science: Men Get More Federal Grant Money

The New York Times, March 5, 2019

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that men who were the principal investigators on research projects received $41,000 more than women.

Inside the brains of hungry worms, researchers find clues about how they hunt

Rockefeller News, February 26, 2019

In a new study,the researcher from the laboratory of Cori Bargmann describe neural mechanisms responsible for local search for food, showing that this response can be triggered by either smell- or touch-related cues.

Greek Scientist Receives Award for Breakthrough Multiple Sclerosis Research

Greek USA Reporter, February 23, 2019

Dr. Katerina Akassoglou, a researcher at the University of California who earned her postdoc from RU, has received the International Barancik Prize for Innovation in Multiple Sclerosis Research.

Scientists’ ‘Craziest Experiment Possible’ Actually Works On Mosquitoes

NPR, February 7, 2019

In a paper published Thursday in the journal Cell, Leslie Vosshall and her team demonstrate how human diet drugs satiate mosquitoes’ bloodlust for several days — so they are less likely to feed on humans and spread diseases and will also produce fewer offspring.

New findings could make mosquitos more satisfied—and safer to be around

Rockefeller News, February 7, 2019

Scientists in the lab of Leslie Vosshall have shown that female mosquitoes can be persuaded not to bite at all. Their work, which appears in the journal Cell, illuminates the biology underlying the host-seeking and blood-feeding behaviors that make these insects such a menace—and could lead to new ways of shutting those behaviors down.

‘The Joy of the Discovery’: An Interview with Jennifer Doudna

The New York Review of Books, January 24, 2019

Jennifer Doudna was the recipient of the 2018 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize: An Award Recognizing Outstanding Women in Biomedical Research. The PMG Prize, awarded annually by The Rockefeller University, was established by Dr. Paul Greengard, the Vincent Astor Professor, and his wife, the sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard.


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 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.