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Casey Grage Awarded 2017-18 CLP Undergraduate Research Grant

The Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP) announces that second year neuroscience major Casey Grage has been awarded the CLP Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (CAURS) Grant in support of her interdisciplinary research on the function of protein...

Guillermo Ameer Elected Fellow of AIChE

Northwestern's Guillermo Ameer has been elected as a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals. An expert in biomaterials and regenerative engineering, Ameer was recognized...

Career Panel: Women in Academia

Four Northwestern professors participated in a lively panel discussion on a theme of “How to stay on (tenure) track” on October 25 at Chemistry of Life Processes Institute in The Richard and Barbara Silverman Hall for Molecular Therapeutics and Diagnostics.  The...

Novel technique explains herbicide’s link to Parkinson’s disease

Northwestern scientists have used an innovative gene editing technique to identify the genes that may lead to Parkinson's disease after exposure to paraquat, a commonly-used herbicide. This study, which utilized the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool, serves as a...

Ali Shilatifard Discovers Mechanism Behind ‘Paused’ Genes

Ali Shilatifard, PhD, the Robert Francis Furchgott Professor and chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, and his research group have discovered the mechanism driving a protein that influences transcription, a crucial step in gene expression. The...

Toy Drive for Children at JourneyCare

The Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP) has teamed up with JourneyCare to provide Northwestern faculty, students and staff an opportunity to give to children who are affected by many of the diseases CLP and Northwestern are researching. The drive runs from...

Core Crawl 2017

The Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP) held its seventh annual Core Crawl - an open house featuring its shared resource facilities - Wednesday, July 12th. Just over 260 researchers toured state-of-the-art shared instrumentation and sought out the core...

Lasers, Chemical Compounds Bring Kozorovitskiy Inside The Brain

For neurobiologist and Chemistry of Life Processes Institute member Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy, every answer has a question.It’s an approach fundamental to her research on neuromodulators, a subset of neuronal communicators that help shape the way we live in many ways as...

Technology Unlocks Mold Genomes for New Drugs

Fungi are rich sources of natural molecules for drug discovery, but numerous challenges have pushed pharmaceutical companies away from tapping into this bounty. Now scientists at the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute at Northwestern University, the University of...

CLP Member Julius Lucks Named Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar

Synthetic biologist’s work in RNA biology and engineering could lead to new diagnostics, therapeutics Julius Lucks, member of the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute, is among 13 young faculty members nationwide selected to receive a 2017 Camille Dreyfus...

CLP Member Amy Rosenzweig elected to National Academy of Sciences

Amy C. Rosenzweig, professor of molecular biosciences and member of the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute at Northwestern University, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. Membership in the academy is one of the highest honors given to...

CLP Member Heather Pinkett Receives a Hartwell Research Award

Scientist will use funding to target antibiotic-resistant bacteria in middle ear infections Heather W. Pinkett, associate professor of molecular biosciences and member of the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute at Northwestern University, has received a 2016...

CLP Member Michael Jewett Honored with 2017 University Teaching Award

Chemistry of Life Processes Institute faculty Michael Jewett will be honored with a 2017 Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence award. The award recognizes his dedication to high-quality education and passion for advancing his discipline through...

Engineering Vaccines for Newborns

Nano-carrier system makes vaccines more effective for newborns Called the “window of vulnerability,” the first year of a newborn baby’s life is when they are highly susceptible to infectious diseases. This window could narrow or even close completely, if it were...

CLP Member Richard Silverman Receives ACS Award for Creative Invention

Richard B. Silverman, was honored with the ACS Award for Creative Invention on April 4, 2017 by the American Chemical Society (ACS) at its 253rd National Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco. He is cited for his “fundamental enzyme inhibitor work resulting in his...

The First Micro Model of the Female Reproductive System

In research published in Nature Communications, Northwestern Medicine scientists describe their development of a miniature female reproductive tract that fits in the palm of your hand and could eventually change the future of research and treatment of diseases in...

New Material Regrows Bone

A team of researchers repaired a hole in a mouse’s skull by regrowing “quality bone,” a breakthrough that could drastically improve the care of people who suffer severe trauma to the skull or face. The work by a joint team of Northwestern and University of Chicago...

International Business Times Reports on Discovery of DNA “Blinking”

New DNA Imaging Technique Breaches 10-Nanometer Resolution Threshold, Becomes First To See DNA ‘Blink’ Scientists believe that understanding how chromatin — the bundle of the DNA double helix and proteins — is arranged within a cell’s nucleus is key to understanding...

Neda Bagheri Receives CAREER Award

Northwestern University synthetic biologist Neda Bagheri has received a Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the foundation’s most prestigious honor for junior faculty members. Bagheri will receive...

Teresa Woodruff Elected to Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

Teresa Woodruff is one among 145 engineers who make up the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) College of Fellows Class of 2017. She will be inducted during AIMBE’s 2017 annual meeting on March 20 in Washington, D.C. The College of...

New Method to Detect Ultrasound with Light

A tiny, transparent device that can fit into a contact lens has a bright future, potentially helping a range of scientific endeavors from biomedicine to geology. Developed by Chemistry of Life Processes Institute faculty, the device, called the Micro-ring resonator...

Zinc Spark Shows Sperm the Chequered Flag

Researchers shed light on new explanation for how mammalian zygotes safeguard their survival Bursts of zinc released within minutes of fertilisation stop reproductive chaos by preventing multiple sperm from binding to eggs, new research shows. A team led by Teresa...

80-million-year-old Dinosaur Collagen Confirmed

Utilizing the most rigorous testing methods to date, researchers from North Carolina State University have isolated additional collagen peptides from an 80-million-year-old Brachylophosaurus. The work lends further support to the idea that organic molecules can...

Jet Lag Impairs Performance of Major League Baseball Players

Major League Baseball (MLB) managers trying to find an edge should pay close attention to their players’ body clocks, according to a new Northwestern University study of how jet lag affects MLB players traveling across just a few time zones. The researchers found that...

T. David Harris Honored with Presidential Early Career Awards

Chemistry of Life Processes Institute faculty member T. David Harris, Assistant Professor of Chemistry in Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). President Barack Obama...

Thomas J. Meade Named to the National Academy of Inventors

Chemistry of Life Processes Institute faculty member Thomas J. Meade has been named 2017 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific...

Halting Lethal Childhood Leukemia

Scientists identify molecular therapy to prevent growth of pediatric leukemia Northwestern Medicine scientists, led by Chemistry of Life Processes Institute faculty member Ali Shilatifard, have discovered the genetic driver of a rare and lethal childhood leukemia and...