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Rochester scientists receive Sloan fellowships

Rochester scientists receive Sloan fellowships

February 20, 2019

Biologist Nancy Chen and chemist Ellen Matson are among this year’s recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships, recognizing young scientists for their research accomplishments and leadership in the scientific community.

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Male Y chromosomes not ‘genetic wastelands’

Male Y chromosomes not ‘genetic wastelands’

February 6, 2019

The Y chromosome is one piece of the genetic puzzle that is notoriously difficult to sequence. Rochester biologists are finding new insights into the processes that shape the Y chromosome.

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What makes a species different?

What makes a species different?

January 2, 2019

New Rochester research points to the presence of “selfish genes,” whose flow among species may dictate whether two species converge or diverge.

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Researchers target protein that protects bacteria’s DNA ‘recipes’

Researchers target protein that protects bacteria’s DNA ‘recipes’

August 16, 2018

In a new study, Rochester biologists describe some of the unique characteristics of the protein that makes bacterial like E. coli so resilient. Their research may lead to more targeted antibiotics and other drug therapies.

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Lipid droplets play crucial roles beyond fat storage

Lipid droplets play crucial roles beyond fat storage

August 14, 2018

You may not know it, but whenever you eat cheese, ice cream, or yogurt, you are also ingesting microscopic lipid droplets. Long thought of merely as formless blobs of fat, lipids are now proving crucial for understanding how embryos survive and how obesity affects the body.

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Honorary professorships awarded for excellence in teaching

Honorary professorships awarded for excellence in teaching

August 2, 2018

John Tarduno has been awarded the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorship, and Thomas Eickbush and James Zavislan are recipients of the Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professorship.

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Understanding the biology of grief through dance

Understanding the biology of grief through dance

May 8, 2018

Erin Dong ’18 didn’t start dancing until she came to college. Now as she graduates with a double major in biology and dance, she is combining her two fields to explore how the body experiences both the emotional and physical aspects of grieving.

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Scientists discover gene controlling genetic recombination rates

Scientists discover gene controlling genetic recombination rates

April 19, 2018

Some species have evolved to display far more genetic crossover than others, and scientists in Rochester have discovered a gene in fruit flies that is responsible for the evolution of these recombination rates.

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Thesis competition winner describes protein translation in 3 minutes or less

Thesis competition winner describes protein translation in 3 minutes or less

April 17, 2018

Jillian Ramos showed exactly how to capture an audience’s attention – and hold it – at the third annual Three Minute Thesis Competition finals, winning both first place and the people’s choice prize.

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Students compete to explain years of research in 3 minutes

Students compete to explain years of research in 3 minutes

April 5, 2018

The University’s annual Three Minute Thesis competition challenges graduate students and postdocs to summarize their research with just three minutes and one slide.

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