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
- 08.11.2020A machine-learning program called Peakachu can reveal previously unknown chromatin loops, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in Nature Communications.
- 07.23.2020Northwestern Medicine investigators have discovered that the growth of cancerous tumors requires the activation of a specific biochemical process within the mitochondria of tumor cells, showing potential as a new target for cancer therapy.
- 06.25.2020In the past decade, synthetic biology — the reengineering of organisms and their genetic information so they can produce a new substance or gain a new ability — has rapidly emerged to the forefront of modern-day science. Northwestern’s Center for Synthetic Biology has been leading the way.
Cell and Developmental Biology
Northwestern Medicine scientists have developed a novel cell lineage tracing method that can better determine the origin of mammalian neuron populations from progenitor cells.
Northwestern Medicine investigators have discovered that a specific protein known for its role in cell division also impacts the direction of intracellular transport in neurons.
A protein gives motile cilia part of their structure, according to a recent Northwestern Medicine study.
Center for Genetic Medicine
Targeting oxidative stress with a genetic therapy reduced atrial fibrillation in animal models of disease, making this a promising future treatment, according to a study published in Circulation.
Genomic alterations in prostate cancer therapeutic targets were found to be similar between African American and European American men, suggesting that existing precision medicine approaches could equally benefit both groups if applied equitably, according to a recent study.
A machine-learning program called Peakachu can reveal previously unknown chromatin loops, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in Nature Communications.
Blocking the frontline immune response could improve vaccines against viral diseases such as coronaviruses, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.
By rebooting previous research related to SARS, the Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases (CSGID) was quickly able to begin investigating the protein structures of the virus with the goal of finding new drug targets for COVID-19.
- Microbiologist Dr. Karla Satchell: ‘A little bit of protection and an okay vaccine is going to get us a long way in this epidemic’07.22.2020A chimeric toxin slowed tumor growth in mouse models of human breast and colon cancer, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences (PNAS).
In the past decade, synthetic biology — the reengineering of organisms and their genetic information so they can produce a new substance or gain a new ability — has rapidly emerged to the forefront of modern-day science. Northwestern’s Center for Synthetic Biology has been leading the way.
A Northwestern Medicine study has uncovered the molecular mechanisms behind the development of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) and a potential drug target.
Levels of African ancestry in a person’s genome determines the level at which certain genes are expressed, findings that could offer insight into the different risk of diseases.
James Houk, PhD, former chair and professor of Physiology whose Feinberg career spanned more than 40 years, passed away on June 11.
D. James Surmeier, PhD, chair and the Nathan Smith Davis Professor of Physiology, has received the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award for demonstrated scientific excellence and productivity in the field of neurological research.
Small projections of dendritic spines known as spinules are unexpectedly dynamic, while a stable subgroup may form multi-synaptic spine connections, according to the first detailed study of their behavior.