Two PhD students of the School of Biology, Mustafa Burak Boz and Jin Xu, received $1,500 travel grants for their posters at the recent Georgia Tech Research and Innovation Conference (GTRIC 2012).
Chong Shin (Assistant professor, School of Biology) has received a pilot grant from the Georgia Tech & Emory Center for Regenerative Medicine (GTEC).
Dr. Frank Stewart, an assistant professor in the School of Biology, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This award provides $1.2 million over five years in support of research and educational activities in Dr. Stewart’s field of marine microbiology. According to NSF, the CAREER Program “offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.”
If we were able to resurrect a dinosaur in the laboratory today how could we be certain that the particular dinosaur actually existed in the distant past and does not simply represent some mutant frankensaurus?
Ongoing research at Georgia Tech aims to answer this question in an experimental approach by adding rigor to the methods and protocols used to resurrect components of ancient life.
Georgia Tech has created a new data analysis algorithm that quickly transforms complex RNA sequence data into usable content for biologists and clinicians. Scientists will be able to more readily use this data to compare the RNA profiles or “transcriptomes” of normal cells with those of individual cancers and thereby be in a better position to develop optimized personal therapies.
Scientists from Baylor College of Medicine and the Georgia Institute of Technology have won $900,000 from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to investigate the early detection of ovarian cancer.
The research, which comprises three separate projects, includes work with a new mouse model of ovarian cancer to identify early detection biomarkers; an effort to characterize proteins and protein variants secreted from ovarian tumors that could serve as serum biomarkers; and work to identify metabolic changes that could help diagnose the disease.
In the current issue of the journal Science, researchers demonstrate how a new virus evolves, which sheds light on how easy it can be for diseases to gain dangerous mutations.
Dr. Brendan Hunt, a postdoctoral researcher in the labs of Drs. Michael Goodisman and Soojin Yi, has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 VWR Postdoctoral Award for Scientific Excellence. Supported by a generous gift from VWR, this award is given annually to a postdoc who has made a significant research contribution in the field of experimental biology.