News and Announcements
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
- 11.10.2021Fatty acid uptake produces an epigenetic modification that is required for cancer metastasis, according to a study published in Nature.
- 09.03.2021Northwestern Medicine scientists have identified a critical checkpoint in transcription elongation, the process of synthesizing RNA from a DNA template.
- 06.09.2021Northwestern Medicine scientists have described a method of reconstructing the three-dimensional structure of chromosomes in cancer cells and matching those chromosomes with counterpart oncogenes.
Cell and Developmental Biology
A previously unknown mechanism involving the protein Scribble helps maintain polarity in cells, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.
A novel combination treatment may increase the ability of monoclonal antibodies to control viral infection in patients diagnosed with HIV, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.
An international collaboration for which Luisa Iruela-Arispe, PhD, chair of Cell and Developmental Biology, serves as North American coordinator, has received a five-year, $7 million Transatlantic Networks of Excellence Program award from the Leducq Foundation.
Respiratory syncytial virus infection during infancy results in metabolic reprogramming in epithelial cells lining the airway, according to a recent study.
Northwestern Medicine investigators have discovered that a microtubule regulatory protein inhibits early HIV type 1 (HIV-1) infection.
- 09.21.2021A Q&A with Hank Seifert, PhD, the John Edward Porter Professor of Biomedical Research and professor of Microbiology-Immunology.
Northwestern Medicine scientists have characterized several variants of the gene GRIK2 that cause nonsyndromic neurodevelopmental disorder.
Circulating tumor cells use the surface protein ICAM1 to strengthen stem cell programs and facilitate formation of tumor cell clusters, which can travel from primary tumors to other organs in the body.
In collaboration with Northwestern Medicine investigators, an international multi-center study has identified genetic factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 severity.
A unique interaction between an excitatory neural receptor and a chloride transporter are critical for development of adult-born neurons in the dentate gyrus, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in Cell Reports.
A region of the hippocampus known as the dentate gyrus is one of the few locations in the brain where new neurons are continuously born. The current study sheds new light on some of the mechanisms required for proper development and synaptic integration of the adult-born neurons, according to Anis Contractor, PhD, professor of Neuroscience and senior author of the study.
Neurons in the hippocampus encode a spatial map of learned knowledge, helping humans and other mammals navigate the world, according to a study published in Nature.