News:
May, 14th 2016
STAT News interviews Chris Mason about his analysis of twin astronaut genomes. Watch the “Science Happens!” episode: What happened to astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA during his year in space
March 31st, 2016
Ekta Khurana was invited to join the very distinguished Editorial Board of the journal Current Protocols in Bioinformatics - a leading international publication in the field of Bioinformatics.
March 31st, 2016
Olga Boudker received the Michael and Kate Bárány Award 2016 from the Biophysical Society. She was "honored for her dynamic research that has led to a deeper understanding of the structural, thermodynamic, and kinetic aspect of secondary active transport and critically contributed to our understanding of the sodium-coupled transport of amino acids and monoamines. The award is intended to recognize an outstanding contribution to biophysics“.
June 29th, 2015
Dr. Bernice Grafstein is appointed to the New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Board, which makes recommendations to the Commissioner of Health on grant awards towards research on a cure for spinal cord injuries and their effects.
April 20th, 2015
Dr. Christopher Mason is recognised for the excellence of his work by the Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance and awarded a one-year grant.
April 2nd, 2015
Dr. Christopher Mason is interviewed on MSNBC's Weekends With Alex Witt regarding the latest International Space Station mission. He elucidates the importance of using genetically identical twins to study the effects of prolonged exposure to zero-gravity conditions, what microbiological changes are expected amongst the entire crew, and even how a year in orbit can make one both "older and younger".
September 17th, 2014
Dr. Christopher Mason was profiled in Popular Science as one of The Brilliant Ten of 2014, for his ongoing work in sequencing "the genes of everything from subway microbes to NASA astronauts to learn how the environment affects genetic code".
September 17th, 2014
Dr. Christopher Mason has been named 2014 Vallee Young investigator by the Vallee Foundation for his work in elucidating the dynamic functional heterogeneity of Acute Myeloid Leukemia hematopoietic stem cells during chemotherapy.
July 12th, 2014
Mike LeVine, a PBSB graduate student in Harel Weinstein's lab, received a Best Poster Award at the 3DSIG2014 Structural Bioinformatics and Computational Biophysics meeting for his poster entitled "NBIT: An N-body information theory framework for understanding collective motions in proteins".
September 25, 2013
Dr. Sheila Nirenberg was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her work on how the brain encodes visual information.
August 20th, 2013
Christopher E. Mason, Assistant Professor in Physiology and Biophysics, received an Excellence in Partnering award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry for "exemplary contributions to a framework for quality laboratory integration of genome sequencing technologies into healthcare delivery."
July 1st, 2013
We join Weill Cornell's Dean Laurie Glimcher and Cornell University's President David J. Skorton in congratulating Dr. Scott Blanchard for his election to tenure in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, in recognition of his ongoing work in single molecule biophysics.
April 15th, 2013
Christopher E. Mason, Assistant Professor in PBSB Program, was featured in Reuters, Nature, Newsday, CBC news, Huffington Post, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and other media outlets for his recent paper on gene patents published in Genome Medicine and also for his work as a scientific expert on gene patents for the AMP v. Myriad Genetics case before the US Supreme Court.
April 4th, 2013
Sheng Li, a PBSB graduate student in Dr. Christopher E. Mason's lab, won a National Science Foundation Travel Fellowship and was invited to give a speech at the 17th Annual International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB 2013) held at the Tsinghua University for her paper on "An optimized algorithm for detecting and annotating regional differential methylation".
March 29th, 2013
Two Graduate Students working with PBSB faculty were awarded competitive graduate research fellowships: (1) Lenore Pipes, a graduate student in the Tri-Institutional Graduate Program in Computational Biology and Medicine, working in the laboratories of Dr. Christopher E. Mason and Dr. Adam Siepel, won a 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship for her work on de novo transcriptome assembly and genome assembly. Her fellowship will last from 2013-2016. (2) Michael LeVine, a PBSB graduate student working in the lab of Dr. Harel Weinstein was awarded a National Research Service Award (NRSA - F31) to work on "Ligand-Specific Allosteric Modulation by Drugs of Abuse" for the next 4 years, starting June 1, 2013.
January 17th, 2013
Dr. Olivier Elemento was awarded a five-year Irma T. Hirschl Career Scientist Award.
December, 2012
Mr. Vaja Liluashvili, a visiting graduate student in the Gumus laboratory was awarded a Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) full fellowship to present at the international meeting SPAS: Advances in Molecular Oncology: Translating Molecular Biology into Cancer Treatment in Sao Paulo, Brazil 3-8th February 2013. Mr. Liluashivili will present his research with Dr. Zeynep H. Gumus, titled "iCAVE: immersive 3D visualization of complex biomolecular interaction networks".
December, 2012
Scott C. Blanchard, PhD was an invited lecturer for the ZING Nucleic Acids Conference 2012 held in Xcaret, Mexico Title of Talk: "Allosteric control of the ribosome by small-molecule antibiotics."
September, 2012
The Campagne laboratory was awarded the best poster award for "Compression of high-throughput sequencing data" at the Wellcome Trust's Genome Informatics 2012 meeting in Cambridge, UK.
August 27th, 2012
Dr. Harel Weinstein gave the Keynote Lecture at the 19th EuroQSAR conference on Knowledge Enabled Ligand Design in Vienna, Austria.
August 13th, 2012
For the first time, Dr. Sheila Nirenberg and Dr. Chethan Pandarinath decipher the retina's neural code for brain communication to create novel, more effective prosthetic retinal device enabling a new treatment for blindness [Press Release].
May 25th, 2012
Dr. Christopher Mason was featured in a two part profile by the New York Genome Center for his work on non-human primate genomics, gene patenting policy, and other activities.
April 19th, 2012
Daniel Gardner, Ph.D. was selected to receive an "Excellence in Teaching Award" from the Weill Cornell Medical College. The award presentation will be made at the annual Celebration of Teaching dinner on Tuesday, June 19, 2012
April 17th, 2012
Benjamin Burnett, a PBSB graduate student in Scott C. Blanchard's lab, received the 2012 Vincent du Vigneaud Award of Excellence (Second Year Award) at the annual Symposium for his poster on "Kinetic Properties of Elongation Factor-Tu, GTP, and Aminoacyl-tRNA Ternary Complex from Escherichia coli."
March 30th, 2012
Michelle Sahai, Ph.D., a Postdoctoral Associate in Harel Weinstein's lab, was awarded a three year Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fellowship for her research on Molecular Mechanisms of the Dopamine Transporter Function: The effects of drugs of abuse.
February 28th, 2012
Sayan Mondal, a student in Harel Weinstein's lab, won the Student Research Achievement Award at the Biophysical Society's 2012 Annual Meeting for his poster on the interaction of GPCRs with the membrane.
January 11th, 2012
Jan Dlabal, a student from the Lycée Français de New York, was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search, for work on the determination of large-scale genomic structure performed in the lab of Olivier Elemento.
November 23rd, 2011
McGill University bestowed its highest honour upon a group of outstanding individuals at fall’s Convocation ceremonies on November 23, including the degree of Doctor of Science for Bernice Grafstein, an accomplished neuroscientist whose research has forwarded the understanding of fundamental mechanisms of the nervous system.
October 26th, 2011
Sheila Nirenberg presented a talk, "Can we speak the language of the brain?", at the TEDMED 2011 conference. A Q & A session followed.
June 26th, 2011
PBSB graduate student Armen Kherlopian from Dr. David Christini's Laboratory was selected for and participated as a U.S. delegate in the 61st Annual Nobel Laureates and Students Meeting in Lindau, Germany.
May 10th, 2011
Subhi Al'Aref, M.D., a third-year resident in the Department of Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College, and a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar, was awarded the first prize at the Department's Seventeenth Annual David E. Rogers Memorial Research Award Competition on May 10, 2011 for research he conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Olaf S. Andersen. The title of Dr. Al'Aref's presentation was "Statins Modify Bilayer Mechanical Properties."
May 9th, 2011
Mike Zhang, a Bronx High School of Science senior, who worked in the laboratory of Dr. Olaf S. Andersen during the summers of 2009 and 2010 under the tutelage of Dr. Helgi I. Ingolfsson, was named an Intel Science Talent Search 2011 Semifinalist for his work on the effects of fluorinated alcohols on lipid bilayer properties. Mr. Zhang is presenting his work at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2011, a program of Society for Science & the Public which will be held in Los Angeles May 9 through May 13, 201.
April 24th, 2011
Dr. Olivier Elemento was awarded an NSF CAREER Grant, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.
April 1st, 2011
Randi Silver received a 2010 Individual Biomedical Research Award from the Hartwell Foundation for her research on "Mast Cells in Chronic Lung Disease in Premature Birth Infants".
Mar 9th, 2011
Olaf Andersen received the Biophysical Society's Distinguished Service Award for his distinguished service to the membrane biophysics and physiology communities and to the field of biophysics through his work at the Journal of General Physiology.
Nov 15th, 2010
Dr. Nicolas Reyes (a postdoctoral fellow in the Boudker lab) was selected as a finalist for the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists at the New York Academy of Sciences.
Nov, 2010
Dr. Sheila Nirenberg's work on artificial retinas has been featured in Technology Review, Wired, Scientific American, and the New Scientist.
Feb 4th, 2010
Three promotions were announced today: Dr. David Christini was promoted to full Professor, Dr. Scott Blanchard was promoted to Associate Professor, and Jason Banfelder was promoted to Assistant Professor.
Feb 23rd, 2010
At the 2010 National Biophysical Society Meeting in San Francisco, Dr. Crina Nimigean was awarded the prestigious Dayhoff award for her work on ion channel biophysics, and Helgi Ingolfson (in Dr. Olaf Andersen's lab) was awarded Best Poster in the Membrane Biophysics category in the Graduate Students competition.
Jun 26th, 2009
[Photo of Jonathan Bourne and Peter Torzilli]PBSB graduate student Jonathan Bourne from Dr. Peter Torzilli's laboratory won 2nd Place in the Ph.D. student poster presentation competition (Tissue and Cellular Biomechanics and Imaging Category) at the 2009 Summer Bioengineering Conference held at Lake Tahoe on June 17-21, 2009. His presentation was titled Collagen Molecular Conformation Exhibits Strain-Rate Dependent Response to Axial Deformation In Silico, and involved modeling the force-induced deformation of a collagen molecule using steered molecular dynamic simulations.
Mar 4th, 2009
Ameer Thompson from Dr. Crina Nimigean's Laboratory participated in and won the Student Research Achievement Award (SRAA) at the Biophysical Society's 53rd annual meeting held in Boston this year.
Jul 28th, 2008
Breakthrough Findings from Weill Cornell Medical College (Dr. Weinstein's laboratory and the ICB) and Columbia University Medical Center May Lead to New Therapies for Mental Illnesses, Addiction [Press Release].
Jul, 2008
Daniel Han's paper from Dr. Weinstein's laboratory describing work done on his thesis project has been selected as an Accelerated Publication and Hot Article in the July 2008 issue of the journal Biochemistry. [PubMed]