Month: February 2018

Henry VIII: the fault in his blood?

Grace Hamilton studies the molecular machinery responsible for ensuring that every time a cell divides its genetic material is distributed equally between the two daughter cells. If this process goes awry, the result is cells with an abnormal number of

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Noise and Signals

Sam Entwisle is a PhD student who studies a calorie-burning tissue in mammals called brown fat. His research goal is to understand when and how brown fat uses this calorie-burning ability, knowledge which could ultimately improve treatment of metabolic diseases

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Can we target opioid abuse with another opioid drug?

Katie Reichard studies how stress changes a population of brain cells involved in processing rewards and making decisions: dopamine neurons. This research helps us develop treatments for mental health disorders associated with chronic stress, including depression, anxiety, and addiction.  

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Sick of yearly vaccination? A look at what’s on the horizon for vaccine innovation and development

Lexi Walls is a graduate student in Biochemistry. She utilizes microscopes to visualize the infection machinery of viruses at the nanoscopic level. These viral snapshots will improve our understanding of how viruses function and how best to inhibit their infection.

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Time to Find our Footing

Warren Anderson studies methods of modifying the DNA of human white blood cells. By studying small changes to certain genes, he hopes to better understand why some people’s genetics make them more likely to get autoimmune diseases, like Type 1

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The Story Glaciers Tell

Brita Horlings’ research focuses on how fast snow compacts into ice on Greenland and Antarctica. She uses computer models to understand what will happen to compaction during climate change and how this affects our estimation of sea-level rise.   Growing

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Digging for Coal in a Cupcake

Ellison Heil is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s in Environmental Horticulture in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. He aspires to utilize his degree from the University of Washington to implement Ecological Restoration in Appalachian landscapes in order

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The Coming Biological Revolution

Jacob O’Connor is a graduate student working at the Institute for Protein Design at the University of Washington who studies protein structure and function using computer models. His research involves designing small proteins, called peptides, with features that will make

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The Mystery of the Pacific Northwest

  Hally Stone is a physical oceanographer that studies coastal upwelling dynamics in the Pacific Northwest coastal ocean. In particular, she looks at the relationship between primary productivity and wind patterns, and how this relationship changes, both in space and

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