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Microbiology Professor Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Canadian University

Microbiology Professor Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Canadian University

Barbara Iglewski, longtime Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada at their convocation on June 12. Iglewski, nominated for the award by the University’s faculty, has spent her career studying how bacteria cause disease and is an unquestioned leader in the field. She’s also know for being an extraordinary educator, mentor and advocate for women in science. 

Hammer Blow Reveals Rare Muscular Dystrophy

Hammer Blow Reveals Rare Muscular Dystrophy

Along with the stethoscope and the tongue depressor, the reflex hammer is one of the objects most commonly associated with a visit to the physician’s office.  Yet this decidedly low tech piece of medical equipment – which dates back to the 19th century – may hold the key to diagnosing one of the most complex neurological disorders.

Bird Song Points to Potential New Huntington’s Treatment

Bird Song Points to Potential New Huntington’s Treatment

Mimicking the biology of canaries, researchers have successfully reprogrammed the brain’s native stem cells to create neurons capable of replacing the cells lost in Huntington’s disease.  The experiments – which were done in both mice and squirrel monkeys – could point to a new treatment strategy for the disease.

Boxing In Cancer Genes, Boxing Out Disease

Boxing In Cancer Genes, Boxing Out Disease

Scientists believe they’ve figured out a way to suppress the growth of tumors by keeping DNA tightly packaged -- essentially burying some of the genes responsible for cancer. It’s a little like keeping the lid on the jack-in-the-box, said Willis Li, Ph.D., a professor of Medicine at UC San Diego, who did the work while in the Department of Biomedical Genetics at URMC.

Post Doc’s [Frog] Research Leaps Forward with New Fellowship

Post Doc’s [Frog] Research Leaps Forward with New Fellowship

Leon Grayfer, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Jacques Robert, Ph. D., received a three-year fellowship from the Life Sciences Research Foundation to study the immune system of the African clawed frog. With the new award, Grayfer hopes to learn more about the evolution of vertebrate immunity and how we can better fight disease.