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More than the genes: How noncoding DNA controls cell types for vision - Featuring GGSB Student Linsin Smith (Moskowitz Lab)

03/24/2020

DNA contains the instructions for every component, function, and life cycle of each individual cell. The DNA library is expansive and vast, but all cells in our body use the same template. So, how is it that different cells within our bodies can use the same DNA, or genome, to make so many different cell types? How can the same instructions direct the cells of the heart, of the eye, and of every other part of our bodies?

Understanding could boost effectiveness of future COVID-19 vaccine - Featuring Chuan He

03/24/2020

Understanding could boost effectiveness of future COVID-19 vaccine - Featuring Chuan He

As scientists around the world race to decode the coronavirus that has caused more than 15,000 deaths in a matter of months, a group of University of Chicago chemists are focusing on understanding how the virus’s RNA works—which could translate to a more effective vaccine.

BSD specific guidance on COVID-19

03/16/2020

The health, safety and well-being of our BSD community, on and off-campus, is our top priority. We will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed. Information on BSD-specific resources can be found here. Also please continue to consult the University and University of Chicago Medicine guidance as appropriate.

Charting a map to the heart: Researchers receive grant to create a cell atlas of the human heart - Featuring Anindita Basu and Sebastian Pott

02/14/2020

Two University of Chicago scientists are part of an international team of researchers awarded a three-year, nearly $4 million grant to define every cell type in the human heart.

Proper heart development all about timing - Featuring Ivan Moskowitz

02/14/2020

Much like babies at birth, stem cells harbor the magic of possibility. A stem cell has the potential to become a multitude of different adult cells within the body. It could eventually mature—or differentiate—into a fat cell or heart cell or nerve cell, for example.

UChicago research teams receive grants to map every cell type of the human gut

01/31/2020

Two University of Chicago research teams have received funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to contribute to building a Gut Cell Atlas, a collaborative effort that aims to define every type of cell in the human ileum (the last part of the small intestine) and colon.

Calculating genetic links between diseases, without the genetic data - Featuring Andrey Rzhetsky

01/31/2020

Physicians use standard disease classifications based on symptoms or location in the body to help make diagnoses. These classifications, called nosologies, can help doctors understand which diseases are closely related, and thus may be caused by the same underlying issues or respond to the same treatments.

Twenty-three UChicago faculty receive named, distinguished service professorships - Featuring Matthew Stephens

01/31/2020

Matthew Stephens has been named the Ralph W. Gerard Professor in the Departments of Statistics and Human Genetics and the College.  Stephens’ research focuses on a wide variety of problems at the interface of statistics and genetics. His lab often tackles problems where novel statistical methods are required, or can learn something new compared with existing approaches. Much of that work involves developing new statistical methodologies, many of which have a non-trivial computational component.

UChicago breakthrough opens field of study, potential avenues for medicine - Featuring Chuan He

01/31/2020

A group of University of Chicago scientists has uncovered a previously unknown way that our genes are made into reality.

Rather than directions going one-way from DNA to RNA to proteins, the latest study shows that RNA itself modulates how DNA is transcribed—using a chemical process that is increasingly apparent to be vital to biology. The discovery has significant implications for our understanding of human disease and drug design. 

The single protein that helps keep motor neurons working smoothly - Featuring Paschalis Kratsios

01/22/2020

Neurobiologist Paschalis Kratsios, PhD, senior author of the new study published in eLife, wanted to understand how different types of neurons maintain their functions over the lifetime of an organism.