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Nov 17 2014 | Stanford Report
A new computer model could identify unknown chemical mechanisms that could improve energy production and storage, or the development of new medicines.
The retinoblastoma protein inhibits cancer by controlling cell division. Now, researchers have shown that it also binds to and inhibits genes necessary for pluripotency — a defining characteristic of stem cells.
Nov 3 2014 | Stanford Report
An invention called a time capsule is a tiny chemistry lab designed to take a fingerprint of contamination and also disclose when it occurred.
Oct 10 2014 | Stanford Report
During its recent meeting, the university's Board of Trustees visited the new Anderson Collection at Stanford University, gave preliminary approval to two new campus buildings and gave final approval to three construction projects, including new residences for undergraduates and for first-year...
Oct 8 2014 | Stanford Report
The Nobel Prize-winning microscopy techniques developed in part by Stanford's W.E. Moerner have allowed scientists to visualize precise molecular mechanisms inside living cells, opening new windows to how life can be studied.
Sep 22 2014 | Stanford Report
Experimental therapy stopped the metastasis of breast and ovarian cancers in lab mice, pointing toward a safe and effective alternative to chemotherapy.
William Weis, PhD, an expert on X-ray crystallography, will now chair a department that includes two Nobel laureates.
Researchers have discovered that a compound they developed could potentially serve as a painkiller, with particular utility for East Asians with an alcohol-metabolizing enzyme mutation.
Aug 25 2014 | Stanford Report
A decade-long effort in genetic engineering is close to creating yeast that makes palliative medicines in stainless steel vats.
Aug 11 2014
Stanford ChEM-H has funded eight new Seed grants to faculty members and postdoctoral scholars who are applying chemical knowledge to research that could ultimately improve human health. The awards span the schools of medicine, engineering, and humanities & sciences, bridging 15 individual...
Aug 1 2014
Lei Stanley Qi, who is currently a Systems Biology Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, will be joining Stanford in October as assistant professor of bioengineering and of chemical and systems biology.
Jul 3 2014 | Stanford Report
Using novel methods, scientists identify biological signatures in cancer cells that can be traced back to the original cancer gene. By Shara Tonn
Jul 1 2014
Stanford ChEM-H scientists propose a new hypothesis for how bacterial assembly lines produce an important class of drugs, potentially helping scientists generate novel drugs including new types of antibiotics.
Jun 12 2014
Polly Fordyce, currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, will be joining Stanford as assistant professor of genetics, bringing a background in physics, biology and biochemistry to her studies of how proteins interact with DNA and how diseases arise when those...
Stanford’s new Center of Excellence for Translation Research will focus on ushering potential antiviral therapies from bench to bedside. “As a physician-scientist, there is nothing more exciting and motivating than to translate basic science discoveries in my laboratory into potential new therapies...
Jun 4 2014
Carolyn Bertozzi, who for the past 18 years has been on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, will be joining Stanford as professor of chemistry and, by courtesy, of chemical and systems biology starting April, 2015.
May 15 2014 | Stanford Report
Given a year to mature, the Institute for Chemical Biology is relaunching under a new name that better reflects its vision of bringing Stanford's unique interdisciplinary culture to bear at a new frontier of chemistry.
Apr 22 2014 | Stanford Report
A team of scientists including SICB member Michael Lin invented tools for watching mice brain nerves send signals in real time. The technique will make it easier to study brain functions and help develop therapies for brain diseases.
Apr 17 2014 | Stanford Report
In his annual address to the Academic Council, President John Hennessy emphasized the success of Stanford's interdisciplinary institutes including SICB and recognized faculty excellence as he outlined university advancements over the past academic year.
How do embryos form the cells in our lungs, muscles, nerves and other tissues? A new process decodes the genetic instructions that enable the all-purpose cells of the embryo to multiply and transform into the many specialized cell types in the body.

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