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  • Faculty Mount an Aging Brain Effort

    Faculty Mount an Aging Brain Effort to Tackle Neuro-Degenerative Disease. 

  • Finding Genes That Slow Down Brain Aging

    What if, at 80 years old, you could choose to restore your brain to its 20-year-old level of functioning? You could have your optimal ability to remember facts, learn information, react, and balance, and be in no danger of Alzheimer’s disease. This sounds fantastical but it may be possible. Thi...

  • The Department of Biology as a Source of Convergence

    The Changing Way We “Do Science”

  • Getting Africa on the Climate-Change Grid

    The exponential increase of greenhouse gases since the industrial revolution has been constantly shifting the global climate to a dangerous level, suggesting an urgent need for an immediate and sustained global mitigation. Strategies for emissions reduction are usually implemented at the national...

  • Networks, Randomness, and Primes
    Much of the world can be described as networks, consisting of discrete elements with connections between certain pairs of them....
  • “Trojan Horse” Against Bacterial Pathogens
    Bacterial infections are a big problem for us. Although we have lots of antibiotics, bacteria develop resistance at an alarming rate – which makes the discovery of new antibiotics, or new strategies to use with pre-existing antibiotics, very urgent. My current research project has given me th...
  • Unveiling Nature's Best-Kept Secrets

    When developing a drug, it’s often best to start with an exquisitely detailed portrait of your biological target, typically one of the many medically significant proteins in the body.

    “When a company has the structure of a protein of interest,” said MIT chem...

  • NMR Structural Biology of Amyloid and Membrane Proteins

    The initial step in understanding molecular function is to determine the structure of the molecule of interest. Subsequently, this structural data often leads to further mechanistic hypothesis that can be tested with additional experiments that elucidate function. Accomplishing either of these st...

  • Mentors in Mathematics

    Influencing the Next Generation of Mathematicians

    Creating opportunities and developing innovative strategies to broaden participation among diverse individuals are critical to the NSF mission of identifying and funding work at the leading edge of discovery.