Christina Szalinski is a science writer with a PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Pittsburgh.


Cellular Communities

Bacteria may seem like exceedingly simple and lonely organisms, but more and more evidence shows they can communicate, act collectively, and respond to their changing environments. At the 2016 ASCB Annual Meeting “Cellular Communities” Symposium, Bonnie Bassler, professor at Princeton University and Howard Hughes Medical  … Read more

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Logic of Signaling

Cells are often likened to computers, running an operating system that receives signals, processes their input, and responds, according to programming, with cellular output. Yet untangling computer-like pathways in cells is anything but simple, say Denise Montell, professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara,  … Read more

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Disease Informing Cell Biology

“Pointing cell biology towards disease has brought so many important insights into pathogenesis. It’s from the cell biology that the next wave of treatments will emerge,” says Joseph Gleeson, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator and an attending physician in the Laboratory of Pediatric Brain  … Read more

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Keith Porter Lecture—Eva Nogales

Eva Nogales, a University of California, Berkeley professor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory senior faculty member, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, will give the 2016 Keith Porter Lecture at ASCB 2016 this December in San Francisco. Nogales has revolutionized the structural study of proteins frozen  … Read more

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E.E. Just Award—Daniel Colón-Ramos

Daniel Alfonso Colón-Ramos always liked asking questions. Growing up in Puerto Rico, his questions earned him a lousy reputation among teachers. But now as a professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Yale, Colón-Ramos’ endless inquiries have led him to win ASCB’s 2016 E.E. Just  … Read more

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Symposium Preview-Near-Death Experiences Investigating Complex Signals behind Basic Cell Behavior

Cells are often likened to computers, running an operating system that receives signals, processes their input, and responds, according to programming, with cellular output. Yet untangling computer-like pathways in cells is anything but simple, say Denise Montell, professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara,  … Read more

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McKinley and Sheltzer to Receive 2016 Bernfield and Gilula Awards

Kara McKinley, now a postdoc in Ron Vale’s lab at the University of California, San Francisco, will receive the 2016 Merton Bernfield Memorial Award. The Bernfield Award honors a postdoctoral fellow or graduate student who has excelled at research. McKinley was selected for her graduate research  … Read more

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Ohsumi’s Nobel Is Big Win for Autophagy, Yeast Genetics, and ASCB

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to ASCB member Yoshinori Ohsumi of the Tokyo Institute of Technology is a big win for basic research into a fundamental mechanism of cellular life, the degradation of proteins through the process of autophagy. Ohsumi revolutionized the  … Read more

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Mandatory non-academic internships: A solution to the problem of PhD surplus?

The scientific community has been grappling with an over-supply of trained PhDs for some time now. The economic slow-down and major funding cuts have only exacerbated this problem. In the current environment, less than one in five successful PhDs manage to secure long-term academic positions.  … Read more

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The Early Career Meeting Grants: What’s New?

SPREAD THE WORD! Applications are now being accepted for ASCB’s Early Career Meeting Grants (formerly known as Local Meeting Grants) the next deadline is January 16, 2017! ASCB’s newly revamped Early Career Meeting Grants (originally ASCB Local Meetings) aim to re-focus on the education and  … Read more

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