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News - 04/27/2015 - 6:23pm

Peter Cobb recognized as a "Harvard Hero"
Peter Cobb

Peter Cobb, an HMS IT Client Service Representative who supports Cell Biology, was recently named a "Harvard Hero."  This Harvard University-wide employee recognition program is designed to recognize “above and beyond” achievement among Harvard’s high-performing staff and their many contributions to the University. Only 64 individuals from over 12,000 Harvard staff were selected as Harvard Heroes in 2015!  Congrats to Peter! ...Read more >>

News - 04/20/2015 - 5:57pm

Bruce Spiegelman awarded the 2015 InBev-Balliet Latour Health Prize
Spiegelman

On Thursday, April 23, 2015, Bruce Spiegelman, PhD, was awarded the 2015 InBev-Baillet Latour Health Prize, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of metabolic disorders.  Dr. Spiegelman received this award at the "Palais des Académies," in the presence of H.M. Queen Mathilde of Belgium.  Congratulations to Bruce on receiving this ...Read more >>

Latest Research

News - 04/20/2015 - 5:43pm

Reck-Peterson Lab describes dynein-driven spatial organization of protein aggregates in fungal model system
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Organisms across the evolutionary spectrum have evolved mechanisms to maintain the integrity of the cellular proteome. Among these mechanisms are spatial protein quality control pathways in which damaged and misfolded cellular proteins are actively sequestered at unique subcellular structures in response to acute stress. This mitigates the deleterious effects of these aberrant protein species, which can include advanced cellular aging and cytotoxicity leading to cell death. Despite the ...Read more >>

News - 03/26/2015 - 8:49am

Pellman Lab shows that whole genome duplication can accelerate evolutionary adaptation
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Doubling the compete sets of chromosomes, or tetraploidy, occurs commonly during organismal evolution and also is frequent in disease states, such as cancer.  Theory suggests that increased chromosome sets might promote evolutionary adaptation, especially if many available beneficial mutations are dominant. Whole genome duplications can also alter cell physiology in poorly understood ways.  For example, whole genome duplications often cause genetic instability.  Using in ...Read more >>

News - 03/11/2015 - 2:01pm

Shi Lab uncovers a molecular program that specifies early neuronal morphology
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Neurons are among the most polarized cells in nature, having emerged more than a half-billion years ago in metazoans to receive, process, and transmit information. The basic instructions to polarize a neuron appear to be intrinsically encoded, but what drives neurons to their extreme morphology is largely unknown. In a recent article in Genes and Development, the ...Read more >>