Study identifies RNA molecule that shields breast cancer stem cells from immune system
May 22, 2017

Researchers in the Kang lab have identified a small RNA molecule that helps maintain the activity of stem cells in both healthy and cancerous breast tissue.

Senior Jennifer Lee wins award at Princeton Research Day 2017
May 18, 2017

Jennifer Lee won the Gold Award for Best Poster at Princeton Research Day for her poster on her senior thesis project in the Toettcher Lab titled "Using Optogenetics to Investigate How Cells Make Decisions." 

How TPX2 helps microtubules branch out
May 15, 2017

A new study in the Petry lab has revealed insights into how new microtubules branch from the sides of existing ones.

Beauty in science: The art and elegance of a great experiment
May 11, 2017

Shirley M. Tilghman is teaching a new freshman seminar this semester called "What makes a great experiment?"

Former graduate student Wai-Hong Tham named International Research Scholar
May 9, 2017

Former Molecular Biology graduate student and member of the Zakian lab Wai-Hong Tham has been named an International Research Scholar by HHMI, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation,who sponsor this award for early-career scientists poised to advance biomedical research across the globe.

Study reveals the multitasking secrets of an RNA-binding protein
April 4, 2017

Researchers in the Gavis lab at Princeton University and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have discovered how a fruit fly protein binds and regulates two different types of RNA target sequence. The study may help explain how various RNA-binding proteins, many of which are implicated in cancer and neurodegenerative disease, perform so many different functions in the cell.

Researchers develop technique to track yellow fever virus replication
March 14, 2017

Researchers from Princeton University‘s Department of Molecular Biology have developed a new method that can precisely track the replication of yellow fever virus in individual host immune cells. The technique could aid the development of new vaccines against a range of viruses, including Dengue and Zika.

Enquist lab receives Innovation Funds
March 13, 2017

Lynn Enquist, Jim Sturm and Naveen Verma are recipients of a Fall Innovation Award from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the J. Blair Pyne Fund.  The award is for $171,000 for their proposal to develop a "three dimensional electronic neural interface."

Bartlett Selected for Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award
March 3, 2017

Thomas Bartlett, a graduate student in the Gitai lab, has been selected for a Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award. 

Toettcher awarded Schmidt Funds
Feb. 22, 2017

Jared Toettcher, assistant professor of Molecular Biology, is part of a team that was selected to receive support from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund

Studies point way to precision therapies for common class of genetic disorders
Feb. 6, 2017

The Shvartsman, Burdine and Schüpbach labs collaborated on a study that provides new insights into RASopathies, genetic disorders that affect approximately one child out of 1,000.

Bridging the gap: a humanized mouse model for hepatitis B
Feb. 2, 2017

A study in the Ploss lab was selected by the editors of Virology for the Highlights section of their website's blog.  The article descibes the development of humanized mice for the study of hepatitis B.

Nucleolus forms via combination of active and passive processes
Feb. 1, 2017

Researchers at Princeton found that the nucleolus, a cellular organelle involved in RNA synthesis, assembles in part through the passive process of phase separation – the same type of process that causes oil to separate from water.

New Partnership Aims to Prevent Global Health Epidemics
Jan. 25, 2017

A number of donors and pharmaceutical companies have raised $500 million to support a partnership aimed at controlling future global epidemics.

Viral escape hatch could be treatment target for hepatitis E
Jan. 17, 2017

The Ploss lab reports in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that when the hepatitis E virus infects a cell, it makes proteins that poke holes in the cell's membrane to allow newly made virus particles to escape and spread.