STANFORD BIOCHEMISTRY IN THE NEWS
The ‘Impossible’ Veggie Burger: A Tech Industry Answer to the Big Mac
. . . on a frigid Monday in December, Mr. Motz sat down for a burger that promised to be unlike any he had eaten before. He was at Momofuku Nishi, a new restaurant from the celebrity chef David Chang, and he had come to eat the Impossible Burger. . .
Katrin Karbstein and Alex Dunn (formerly of the Herschlag and Spudich Labs respectively) named 2016 HHMI and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Faculty Scholars
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Mark Krasnow elected to the National Academy of Medicine
Phil Beachy has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Katharine Berkan Judd Award
Established in 1936, the Award recognizes individuals who have made the greatest advancements in understanding cancer through basic discovery
Researchers release video game to help build a better test for tuberculosis
Rhiju Das says a game like Eterna Medicine could someday enable citizen-scientists to invent their own pharmaceuticals Read full article here
Frontiers in Biology & The 2016 Katharine D. McCormick Distinguished Lecture
Jennifer Doudna presents, "CRISPR Biology and the New Era of Genome Engineering"
What your sweat reveals about your health
New technology may soon be able to measure what's in your sweat and reveal information about your health
Theriot lab member Fabian Ortega highlighted in #NextGreatDiscovery article
Researchers design cheaper, faster, more accurate test to identify gene defects in heart patients
A new technique could eventually enable doctors to diagnose genetic heart diseases by rapidly scanning more than 85 genes known to cause cardiac anomalies.
Paul L. Modrich, former student of founding Biochemistry faculty member Bob Lehman, is awarded 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Tomas Lindahl and Aziz Sancar
DNA Repair - providing chemical stability for life
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Julia Salzman is awarded 2015 McCormick-Gabilan Fellowship!
The McCormick-Gabilan Fellowship awards recipients with funding for research and related expenses, including those related to professional development. The source of the award is a generous gift to Stanford University from the Gabilan family. The gift is intended to support the advancement of faculty women in science. The Gabilan Fellows represent a group of faculty whose fellowship aims to contribute to the support of women in the sciences and engineering at Stanford. The Fellowship is awarded by the Provost after nomination from department chairs and deans.
Steven Barrett and Rachel Gomez awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.
Clayton Brown – Current Graduate Student
Maia Kinnebrew – Incoming Graduate Student
Margaux Pinney – Incoming Graduate Student
2014 Honorable Mentions
Brian Alford – Current Graduate Student
Chao Liu – Current Graduate Student
Rhiju Das awarded the ACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award
Rhiju is a recipient of the ACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, which provides $1,000 to up to four outstanding tenure-track junior faculty members to present their work in COMP symposia at the Spring 2015 Denver, CO ACS National Meeting. The Awards are designed to assist new faculty members in gaining visibility within the COMP community.
Let's Hit 'Pause' Before Altering Humankind
Two Nobel laureates on gene technology capable of making changes that are heritable by generations to come.
Modern biological research continues to generate new technology at a staggering pace, bringing to society new challenges and new opportunities. A recent appearance is the so-called CRISPR/Cas9 technology for altering genes in the body's cells, including, most troublingly, early embryonic cells.
Drug may prevent development of invasive bladder cancer, researchers say
A drug already approved for use in humans may prevent invasive bladder cancer, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Gamers: The new face of scientific research?
Das and EteRNA’s co-inventor, Adrien Treuille, PhD, (now at Carnegie Mellon University) think the gaming approach to biology offers some distinct – and to many scientists, perhaps unexpected – advantages over the more-traditional scientific method by which scientists solve problems: form a hypothesis, rigorously test it in your lab under controlled conditions, and keep it all to yourself until you at last submit your methods, data and conclusions to a journal for peer review and, if all goes well, publication.
Assistant Professor Salzman selected for 2014 Sloan fellowship
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers as recipients of the 2014 Sloan Research Fellowships. Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders.
Research leads to new understanding of how cells grow and shrink
Researchers use new techniques to document how cells can conceal growth and then suddenly swell up. The study is a paradigm shift in understanding "osmotic shock" and may lead to new strategies for fighting bacterial diseases.
The research paper, which describes a process known as "osmotic shock," was co-authored by Julie Theriot, a professor of biochemistry and of microbiology and immunology at Stanford School of Medicine.