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Graduate Students Invent Technique for Reprogramming Translation
MD/PhD students Andrew Anzalone and Sakellarios Zairis engineered RNA motifs capable of inducing ribosomal frameshifting. Their method could offer new opportunities for synthetic biology.
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New Method for Identifying Genetic Alterations that Modulate Gene Expression
The Bussemaker Lab showed that variants in cofactor genes called cQTLs can change the connectivity between transcription factors and their target genes.
Systems Biology Scientists Help Expand Microbiome Research
A cross-departmental Microbiome Working Group is building bridges between computational biologists and other CUMC investigators interested in understanding how the human microbiome affects health.
Awards and Grants
Barry Honig Named ISCB Fellow
The award recognizes Honig's "seminal contributions to protein structure prediction and molecular electrostatics, and his more recent work on protein function prediction, protein-DNA recognition, and cell-cell adhesion.”
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Tatonetti Lab Connects Drug Interactions to Deadly Heart Condition
Using a new data science method for analyzing observational data and validating predictions, the scientists identified several drug combinations that appear to cause a dangerous type of arrhythmia called torsades de pointes.
New Course Covers Fundamentals of High-Performance Computing
Developed by the Mailman School of Public Health in partnership with the Department of Systems Biology, it addresses practical and theoretical challenges facing scientists interested in analyzing large data sets.
In the Press
Wang Lab Work on Bioeconomics Featured in Wall Street Journal
A collaboration between a biologist and an economist led to a new framework for describing how bacteria exchange metabolic resources. It offers a new lens for studying microbial communities based on economic theories.
How Genomic Data Are Changing Population Genetics
Statistical analysis of large data sets enables new kinds of insights into the forces that drive genetic variation among individuals and species. Molly Przeworski describes how the field is evolving and some of her lab's recent findings.
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Short Tandem Repeats Shown to Regulate Gene Expression
A study led by Yaniv Erlich indicates that repeating short motifs in DNA called expression STRs can expand and contract in ways that modulate nearby gene expression. They are also associated with a range of medical conditions.
Department of Systems Biology Opens New Biotechnology Development Hub
The new space will promote the design of new experimental methods for studying biological systems, and enable an expansion of the Columbia Genome Center's next-generation sequencing capabilities.
Awards and Grants
Andrea Califano Named NCI Outstanding Investigator
The seven-year grant will support the development of systematic approaches for identifying the molecular factors that lead to cancer progression and to the emergence of drug resistance at the single-cell level.
Columbia Launches Undergraduate Synthetic Biology Team
For this year’s International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation (iGEM) competition, the team used synthetic biology methods to engineer edible probiotic bacteria that could regulate hunger and digestion.