Organelles grow in random bursts
Far from orderly “brick-by-brick” assembly, the internal structures of cells are grown in stochastic bursts, according to physicist Shankar Mukherji in Arts & Sciences, author of a Jan. 6 study in Physical Review Letters.
Course on ‘bioinformatics of proteins’ receives funding
Washington University is now a part of the Seattle Structural Genomics Center for Infectious Diseases Consortium, and received a subcontract award of up to $50,000 from Seattle Children’s Research Institute in support of a course on protein bioinformatics.
Vierstra receives $1.3 million grant
Richard D. Vierstra, the George and Charmaine Mallinckrodt Professor of Biology, received a four-year $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue his project titled “Phytochromes: Structural Perspectives on Photoactivation and Signaling.”
Entangled photons to take pictures in the dark
Joshua Yuan at the McKelvey School of Engineering is using quantum physics to develop technology to image photosynthesis in action without disturbing the process. The research has received support from the U.S. Department of Energy.
‘Humans of Tyson’ project highlighted at statewide conference
Colleen McDermott, a junior environmental analysis major in Arts & Sciences, discussed working with the “Humans of Tyson” project at Tyson Research Center during the recent 2022 Kansas and Missouri Environmental Education Conference.
Forest Park Living Lab
Combining experts in wildlife ecology, animal movement and veterinary medicine, the new Forest Park Living Lab examines wildlife health, behavior and interactions in the mosaic of ecosystems in Forest Park. The project received a Living Earth Collaborative seed grant in 2020.
Herzog installed as Viktor Hamburger Distinguished Professor
Erik Herzog, a professor of biology, was installed as the Viktor Hamburger Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences. His talk was titled “For Whom the Bells Toll: Networked Circadian Clocks and Clock Watchers.”
Kranz laboratory biologists report structure of heme transporter
In Nature Communications, researchers in the laboratory of Robert Kranz, professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, shared a new cryo-EM structure and proposed some common mechanisms of heme trafficking in the cell.
Center for Biomolecular Condensates launches
A new multidisciplinary center focused on biomolecular condensates — distinct molecular communities that make up the building blocks of life — has launched at the McKelvey School of Engineering.
Wang to investigate mechanisms of microtubule formation
Jennifer Wang, an assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, won a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for microtubule formation research.