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2020 (Winter) and 2021 Workshops Are Now Scheduled

We have fully scheduled our winter/spring and summer workshops on molecular medicine, and applications are now being accepted! Our workshops are designed for high-achieving high school and middle school students who are interesting in pursuing careers in medicine, biomedical research, pharmacy, or other careers within the health sciences. Our instructors are PhD-level scientists who are [...]

By |2020-12-23T01:54:20+00:00December 23rd, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on 2020 (Winter) and 2021 Workshops Are Now Scheduled

Major Discovery in Determining Protein Structure

Biological systems are stunningly complex, and the complexity extends down to the single protein level. Proteins are made up of a string of amino acids, which then fold up into structures that determine their function. Many Nobel Prizes have been awarded for determining protein structures, most recently the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for computer [...]

By |2020-12-04T01:47:03+00:00December 1st, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Major Discovery in Determining Protein Structure

Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have A Durable Antibody Response, But Surprises Emerge

Antibodies are proteins produced by your immune system that fight viruses and other microbes. The cells that produce these antibodies can persist for years after an infection, and generating these cells is the basis for vaccination. It has been clear for some time that Covid-19 patients generated a strong antibody response – at least initially [...]

By |2020-11-29T01:54:10+00:00November 29th, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have A Durable Antibody Response, But Surprises Emerge

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded for CRISPR Gene Editing Technology

In perhaps the most consequential Nobel Prize in years, Jennifer Doudna (UC Berkeley) and Emmanuelle Charpentier (Max Planck Institute in Berlin) were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering a novel antiviral defense mechanism used by bacteria, which they ultimately repurposed into the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology. DNA editing with the CRISPR-Cas9 system has [...]

By |2020-10-07T23:42:10+00:00October 7th, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded for CRISPR Gene Editing Technology

Fall/Winter/Spring Workshops

Our summer 2021 workshops are still in the process of being scheduled, but in the meantime, we wanted to update you on our upcoming Fall/Winter/Spring molecular medicine workshops and let you know that we are currently accepting applications. Fall/winter/spring workshops: We are pleased to announce our newest workshop - Covid-19: Biology, Immunity, Medicine - held [...]

By |2020-10-25T00:36:56+00:00October 1st, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Fall/Winter/Spring Workshops

New Drug Targets Mutant KRAS in Lung Cancer: a 30 Year Odyssey

The Ras proteins (coded by the NRAS, KRAS and HRAS genes) were discovered in 1982 and were subsequently found to be some of the most frequently mutated genes in all types of cancer. Mutant Ras proteins are oncogenes (genes that contribute to the initiation and/or progression of tumors) and are therefore obvious targets for the [...]

By |2020-09-22T23:27:05+00:00September 22nd, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on New Drug Targets Mutant KRAS in Lung Cancer: a 30 Year Odyssey

Update on our workshops

Hey Everyone! There is still a little space in our workshops starting 6/21 and 7/12, which have moved online. Workshops starting 6/21 include Molecular Biology of Cancer, Molecular Biology of Aging and Molecular Neuroscience, and the 7/12 workshops are Molecular Biology of Cancer, Molecular Immunology and Molecular Neuroscience. We hope to have an in-person Biomedical [...]

By |2020-06-20T18:10:02+00:00June 20th, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Update on our workshops

How does a SARS-CoV-2 infection evolve, and how does this relate to severity of Covid-19 illness?

SARS-CoV-2 is a highly contagious virus, but most people who contract SARS-CoV-2 have asymptomatic or mild Covid-19 disease. But what molecular and/or physiologic features discriminate severe/life-threatening Covid-19 from mild/asymptomatic cases? To thoroughly answer this question, one would need to know how the infection evolves and what cell types are involved. This study details the exact [...]

By |2020-06-03T01:10:07+00:00June 3rd, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on How does a SARS-CoV-2 infection evolve, and how does this relate to severity of Covid-19 illness?

Exciting New Therapeutic Targets for Malaria

Malaria is a disease caused by Plasmodium parasites that are transmitted by mosquitoes. Severe cases cause hundreds of thousands of deaths per year, infant mortality/low-birth weight/abnormal neurological development, anemia and respiratory distress, while mild cases cause fever/fatigue/vomiting. Afflicted countries endure severe economic distress as a byproduct of this human suffering. Luckily, in the US we [...]

By |2020-04-14T23:00:51+00:00April 14th, 2020|Biomedical News|Comments Off on Exciting New Therapeutic Targets for Malaria
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