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cell and developmental biology

Leadership in a COVID-19 world

Jun. 29, 2020—Being a biomedical scientist has served Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente well as she’s led the university through “a rapid succession of significant decisions” since the first reports of COVID-19.

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Research probes why COVID-19 seems to spare young children

May. 28, 2020—Lung disease experts at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and their colleagues have determined a key factor as to why COVID-19 appears to infect and sicken adults and older people preferentially while seeming to spare younger children.

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‘Decoding Animal Development at Single Cell Resolution’ Jan. 27

Jan. 24, 2020—John Murray, associate professor of genetics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, will discuss “Decoding Animal Development at Single Cell Resolution” on Monday, Jan. 27, beginning at 12:15 p.m. in Medical Research Building III, Room 1220.

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Salk Institute’s Kathy DelGiorno to speak on pancreatic tumorigenesis Nov. 14

Nov. 7, 2019—Kathy DelGiorno, a staff scientist at the Geoffrey Wahl Laboratory of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, will discuss “Tuft Cells Restrain Pancreatic Tumorigenesis Through Paracrine Eicosanoid Signaling” on Thursday, Nov. 14, beginning at 12:15 p.m. in MRB III, Room 3131.

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‘Muscle Stem Cell Under Stress’ Oct. 24

Oct. 16, 2019—The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology will present a special seminar on Thursday, Oct. 24.  Annarita Scaramozza, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California-San Francisco, will present “Muscle Stem Cell Under Stress” beginning at 12:15 p.m. in MRB III, Room 3131.

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Wente and Macara named American Society for Cell Biology Fellows

Oct. 10, 2019—Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente and Louise B. McGavock Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Ian Macara have been elected 2019 fellows of the American Society for Cell Biology.

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Adhesion protein optimizes border

Feb. 15, 2019—Matthew Tyska and colleagues have found that an adhesion protein in the gut is necessary for proper intestinal functioning.

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Trans-institutional team documents potential new treatment path for breast cancer

Jan. 16, 2019—A team led by biomolecular engineer John Wilson and cancer biologist Rebecca Cook have found a way to trigger an immune response that targets breast cancer cells.

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Team seeks to create genetic map of worm’s nervous system

Dec. 7, 2018—A complete map of gene expression for the worm may help address broad questions in neuroscience about how gene expression programs establish diverse sets of neurons and how genetic differences contribute to neuronal function in healthy and disease conditions.

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A brain-builder called “Shh”

Aug. 30, 2018—A newly discovered role for the "Sonic the Hedgehog" protein in the proper development of the cerebellum.

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Gould awarded $10K prize for achievement in research

Aug. 24, 2018—Vanderbilt’s most prestigious faculty prize for accomplishments in research, scholarship or creative expression was awarded to Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Kathleen Gould Aug. 23. She was one of 10 award recipients during Fall Faculty Assembly.

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SMAD4 clue to colon cancer

Jul. 5, 2018—Chronic inflammation is a predisposing condition for colorectal cancer, the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Anna Means, Ph.D., and colleagues have now linked inflammation-driven carcinogenesis in the colon to loss of an important signaling protein called SMAD4.

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