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Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s basic science academic departments. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards and honors.

Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

  • 04.16.2024

    Influential biochemist Craig M. Crews, PhD, who pioneered the pharmaceutical field of targeted protein degradation, delivered the second Kimberly Prize in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Lecture to a full auditorium of Feinberg faculty, staff, fellows and students.

  • 04.11.2024

    A Northwestern Medicine study has detailed the development of a machine learning model to predict DNA methylation status in cell-free DNA by its fragmentation patterns, according to findings published in Nature Communications.

  • 04.10.2024

    Northwestern Medicine investigators have discovered that inhibiting a chromatin remodeling complex associated with a particular gene in small-cell lung cancer cells may decrease cancer cell differentiation and tumor growth, according to findings published in Nature Communications.

Cell and Developmental Biology

  • 03.22.2024

    Scientists have characterized how non-muscle myosin assembles in cells using the latest advances in technology only available at Northwestern and a handful of institutions worldwide, according to a study published in the Journal of Cell Biology.

  • 02.20.2024

    Investigators at Northwestern Medicine and the Flatiron Institute have characterized how developing cells reorganize their cytoplasm as part of their growth, according to a study published in Nature Physics, a discovery which furthers the field’s understanding of basic cellular processes at the earliest stages of development.

  • 12.19.2023

    Decreased activity of a specific signaling pathway in the brain vessels of aging mice and humans was linked to a decline in vascular function and subsequent neurodegeneration, according to a recent Northwestern Medicine study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.



  • 04.17.2024

    A multi-institutional team of investigators have developed a new framework for supporting healthcare providers in implementing polygenic risk score-based testing into primary care settings, according to a recent study published in Nature Medicine.

  • 03.25.2024

    Northwestern Medicine scientists have developed a method to identify and characterize microproteins, a development which opens the door for understanding physiology and disease at a molecular level not possible until now, according to findings published in Nature Communications.

  • 02.23.2024

    A multidisciplinary team of investigators have engineered a more accurate model for studying the underlying mechanisms of atrial fibrillation and treatment response, according to findings published in Science Advances.


  • 02.22.2024

    Scientists have discovered a neuronal pathway involved in how the brain encodes the transition to high-intensity fear response behaviors required for survival, according to a study published in Nature.

  • 02.21.2024

    A neurotransmitter previously thought to only calm neurons may also play a role in waking them up, according to a study published in the journal PLOS Biology, a discovery which upends conventional theories of how the neurotransmitter works in the brain.

  • 02.19.2024

    Northwestern Medicine investigators have revealed new insights into the impact of neuronal structural diversity on neural computation, the basis of brain function, according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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