Workshop Cryo-EM-Grant Jensen

A type IV pilus is a bacterial grappling hook and one of the snazziest pieces of bacterial cell machinery going. The pilus is created by a type IV pilus machine (T4PM) that pushes out a pilus thread, grabs a substrate, and, hauling back the thread,  … Read more

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Quality Control

Protein folding is a problem that was born complex and shows few signs of getting simpler. Ever since Cyrus Levinthal posed his eponymous paradox in 1969 that an unfolded polypeptide chain offered an astronomical number of theoretical folding states, researchers have wrestled with the problem of  … Read more

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What’s Super Cold and Super Close? Grant Jensen Takes Cryo-EM to ASCB 2016

A type IV pilus is a bacterial grappling hook and one of the snazziest pieces of bacterial cell machinery going. The pilus is created by a type IV pilus machine (T4PM) that pushes out a pilus thread, grabs a substrate, and, hauling back the thread,  … Read more

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Know When to Fold Them: Protein Quality Control Reaches Critical Mass at ASCB 2016

Protein folding is a problem that was born complex and shows few signs of getting simpler. Ever since Cyrus Levinthal posed his eponymous paradox in 1969 that an unfolded polypeptide chain offered an astronomical number of theoretical folding states, researchers have wrestled with the problem of  … Read more

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New Alan Hall Award Offers a Ride to ASCB 2016 for a Grad Student or Early Postdoc

The unexpected death at 62 of Alan Hall sent a shockwave last May through the cell biology research community in the US and in the UK. That shock was felt mostly keenly by the “Alan Halls,” a transatlantic network of his former graduate students and postdocs  … Read more

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Our People—ASCBers Are 14 of 84 Early-Career ‘Faculty Scholars’ Named by HHMI-Simons-Gates Foundations

A new collaborative effort by three of America’s leading non-government funders of biomedical research to address “growing concern about the significant challenges that early-career scientists are facing” has named a first cohort of 84 early-career Faculty Scholars. Thirteen of the 84 are active ASCB members.  … Read more

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Meet ASCB’s New Executive Director: Erika Shugart, PhD

The road that Erika Shugart took then was definitely the less traveled. At the time, mentors were concerned about her decision. In 1997, you didn’t take your PhD in molecular biology and willingly walk away from an academic research career choosing instead to seek an  … Read more

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ASCB President-Elect Walter Wins Lasker

The UPR has unfolded into the 2014 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for ASCB President-Elect for 2016 Peter Walter. A Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Walter was named co-winner winner  … Read more

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New NIH 3D Print Exchange Offers Open Access To Three-Dimensional Printing Tools

In Hollywood and in 3D molecular printing, you start with a script. But the scripts that Darrell Hurt offers bioscience researchers help them to make molecular discoveries more easily. Hurt is the section head at the Computational Biology Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch at the  … Read more

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Room with a View—Forbes Names NHLBI’s Greg Alushin to Its “30 under 30 in Science” List

It’s rare to find a young scientist in a big office, yet Gregory Alushin, age 29, has generous space, a U-shaped desk, and a floor-to-ceiling window with a view of the NIH campus. He is semi-apologetic about the arrangement, insisting that it’s only temporary. “We’re  … Read more

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