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Grant spurs effort to map biology of Crohn’s disease

Nov. 22, 2019—Nov. 20, 2019, 4:14 PM by Bill Snyder Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been awarded a three-year, $3 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to map — in unprecedented detail — the biology of Crohn’s disease. Under the terms of the award, which was announced last month, VUMC...

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Understanding cell division

Nov. 22, 2019—Nov. 18, 2019, 8:30 AM by Cayetana Arnaiz Yépez Cytokinesis is the final step of the process of cell division, by which the two new cells are physically separated. This process relies on a structure called the cytokinetic ring, which needs to be linked to the plasma membrane throughout cell division. One important linker protein is...

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Wente & Macara Names ASCB Fellows

Oct. 3, 2019—Kudos to Professors of Cell and Developmental Biology Susan Wente and Ian Macara, named 2019 ASCB Fellows! Dr. Wente is the Interim Chancellor and University Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Dr. Macara is the Louise B. McGavock Chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. They join 16 ASCB members who were nominated by their peers...

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Marija Zanic’s paper makes JCB’s September cover

Aug. 17, 2019—Marija Zanic and her colleagues made the September Journal of Cell Biology cover. View her lab’s paper, “Microtubule minus-end stability is dictated by the tubulin off-rate,” here and an overview here.

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“Discovery” write-up of Tyska Development Cell article is now online

Aug. 16, 2019—An overview of Matt Tyska’s recent Developmental Cell paper has been posted on the Basic Sciences site. You can also access it via the “Discoveries” square on the Basic Sciences home page.

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Rasmussen named Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar

Jul. 19, 2019—Jul. 18, 2019, 10:02 AM by Bill Snyder Megan Rasmussen, a PhD student in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has been selected as the 2019 Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar. Megan Rasmussen She will receive a $1,000 cash prize and will be mentored by the winner of the...

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Promoting β cell development

Jul. 19, 2019—A collaboration between the labs of Roland Stein (MPB) and Christopher Wright (CDB) outlinesan interaction between the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex and the Pdx1 transcription factor that promotes healthy development of insulin-producing β cells in the pancreas.

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Bracey & Taneja awarded research fellowships

Jul. 19, 2019—This month, the following graduate students were awarded fellowships: Justin Marinko (lab of Chuck Sanders, Biochemistry) and Kai Bracey (lab of Irina Kaverina, CDB) from the NIH, Nilay Taneja (lab of Dylan Burnette, CDB) from the American Heart Association, and Joe Luchsinger (lab of Danny Winder, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics [MPB]) from the NIAAA. Congratulations to you all!

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