Category: Research Updates

Karina Vargas Receives Grant to Study Synaptic Dysfunction in Parkinson’s Disease

Karina Vargas Receives Grant to Study Synaptic Dysfunction in Parkinson’s Disease

Modern medicine has provided an increase in life expectancy, but along with this gain has come an increase in cases of neurodegenerative disease. Parkinson’s disease, a motor disorder characterized by stiffness, tremors and slowness of movement, is the second most common neurodegenerative disease. Its symptoms are caused by death of dopaminergic neurons in the brain.

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Cardon Team to Explore “Sticky Roots” and Fate of Soil Carbon in Natural Ecosystems

Cardon Team to Explore "Sticky Roots" and Fate of Soil Carbon in Natural Ecosystems

Human activities are driving increasing concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere, and the resulting climate change is becoming more and more obvious. But there are natural mechanisms operating in ecosystems that can transform atmospheric CO2 into organic forms and store it in soil over the long-term.  In particular, organic matter can become bound to soil

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Maienschein Lab Receives NSF Award to Study History of Cell Biology and Images

Maienschein Lab Receives NSF Award to Study History of Cell Biology and Images

In 2018, the National Science Foundation (NSF) program “Understanding the Rules of Life: Building a Synthetic Cell” held an Ideas Lab to generate projects to develop synthetic cells.  MBL Fellow Jane Maienschein attended. She became part of a team whose goal is to develop artificial cytoskeletons to place in living cells. In other words, the

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