Catherine Dulac, Lee and Ezpeleta Professor of Arts and Sciences and Higgins Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, has been awarded a 2021 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for her pioneering work identifying the neural circuitry that regulates parenting behavior in both males and females. “One of the beauties of science is teamwork,” said Dulac, who described being “shocked” upon receiving the…
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40 Under 40: Nicole Gaudelli

Gaudelli made a scientific breakthrough that is driving forward the booming, fast-moving field of gene editing. Just a few years ago, she was a postdoc in the lab of Harvard’s David Liu, trying to do something that many considered impossible. While Crispr, the revolutionary gene-editing technology, had already begun to shake up science, the technology was not an efficient way…
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The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) has announced more than $15 million in capital funding to support life sciences innovation infrastructure, the development of key data repositories and training for scientists across the commonwealth. In total, 17 projects are receiving funding to support the life sciences ecosystem, including three at UMass Medical School. The MLSC awarded funding through its Open Capital program…
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Raouf A. Khalil, MD, PhD, Awarded a $2.1M National Institutes of Health Grant

Raouf A. Khalil, MD, PhD, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for his study “Vascular mechanisms of hypertension-in-pregnancy.” Normal pregnancy is associated with increased cardiac output and decreased vascular resistance in order to maintain adequate blood supply to the developing fetus. These beneficial hemodynamic changes do not occur in women with preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a complication…
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Michelson Prize for MIT’s Dr. Michael Birnbaum

Dr. Birnbaum received the Michelson Prize for Human Immunology and Vaccine Research 2020 for: “Repertoire-Scale Determination of T Cell Recognition and Cross-Reactivity to HIV via pMHC Lentiviral Display”. Dr. Birnbaum’s research focuses on understanding and manipulating ‘natural’ adaptive immune responses in the context of cancer and infection by using a variety of strategies and techniques including protein biochemistry, protein engineering,…
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The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio®) today announced that Dr. Kenneth C. Anderson, Program Director of the Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center and LeBow Institute for Myeloma Therapeutics at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Kraft Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, will receive the second annual State of Possible Award. The award will be presented by Morgan Stanley during…
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Awards and Recognitions: August 2020

Bruce Bean, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Neurobiology, received the 2020 Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, which honors faculty members who have shown dedication to superior mentorship and training in neuroscience research. The award supports researchers’ efforts in advancing the careers of students and postdoctoral fellows in their laboratories. Bean was recognized by…
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The Global Consortium for Reproductive Longevity and Equality (GCRLE) at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, made possible by the Bia-Echo Foundation, announces its inaugural recipients of its GCRLE Scholar Awards. The 22 recipients comprise a global group who share a vision of advancing research to better understand the underlying causes of female reproductive aging. Grantees were selected by a Scientific…
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The American Heart Association — the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to a world of longer, healthier lives — and global philanthropist and technology visionary Bill Gates, have committed to advancing the scientific evidence base related to brain health and dementia by funding a $3.3 million health technology research joint initiative. The project will specifically fund a new brain health…
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Emily Balskus Wins $1M Waterman Award

Two plush microbes stare up at everyone who visits Emily Balskus’ office. One, a buttercup yellow, mimics the fuzzy hotdog-shaped E. coli. Another, baker’s yeast or Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is just a white sphere with eyes. Far larger than living microorganisms (and far cuter), these cuddly counterparts reveal not just Balskus’ research area, but also her admiration for her subjects. Most people…
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