Black patients at higher risk for contracting COVID-19 Featuring Ayodeji Adegunsoye, MD


Black patients at higher risk for contracting COVID-19, according to new research

Results of an analysis published in the Journal of the American Thoracic Society found that Black individuals were twice as likely as White individuals to test positive for COVID-19. The average age of all participants in the study was 46. However, those infected were on average 52 years old, compared to those who tested negative, who were 45 on average.

Congratulations to PhD Graduates


We congratulate all of our 2019-20 PhD graduates from the BSD.  Each has attained the highest degree awarded, and some have had their extraordinary accomplishments acknowledged through the award of their program's prize for contributions to their field.  Simone Rauch’s outstanding thesis work has additionally been recognized with the BSD Best Dissertation Award.  We also recognize Professor Megan McNerney, nominated by her students for her passion for research and dedication to training, as a recipient of the University’s Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award.

Three students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships - Featuring GGSB Student Jaeda Patton (Thornton Lab)


UChicago Biosciences graduate students Amanda Keplinger (Cell and Molecular Biology, Advisor: Alexander Ruthenburg), Hannah Martin (Neurobiology, Advisor: Ruth Anne Eatock) and Jaeda Patton (Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology, Advisor: Joseph Thornton), have been awarded 2020 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. This highly competitive fellowship program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.

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


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


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


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 & Sebastian Pott


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


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


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


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.