Unprecedented screen of 500,000 compounds reveals new candidates for malaria prevention drug
A new study, published December 7, 2018, in the journal Science by an international team of researchers including two from Penn State, reveals a new set of chemical starting points for the first drugs to prevent malaria instead of just treating its symptoms.
Biomedical engineering welcomes pioneering cancer, cryo-electron microscopy researcher
Deborah Kelly, a ground-breaking researcher who developed the new field of structural oncology, will join the University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering as full professor and Lloyd and Dottie Foehr Huck Chair in Molecular Biophysics. Kelly will also hold a joint appointment with the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences and will serve as the director of the new Center for Structural Oncology (CSO) at Penn State.
Andrew Read Named Director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
Dr. Read was previously director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, and will step into his new role January 1.
Jan 14, 2019
Differences in genes’ geographic origin influence mitochondrial function
Differences in the geographic origin of genes may affect the function of human mitochondria — energy-generating organelles inside of cells — according to a new study. Mitochondria have their own genome, separate from the nuclear genome contained in the nucleus of the cell, and both genomes harbor genes integral to energy production by mitochondria. The study explores whether these “mito-nuclear” interactions, which are fine-tuned by natural selection over deep evolutionary time, could be altered when genes of different geographic origins are brought together within a genome.
Jan 14, 2019
Cellular protein a target for Zika control
A cellular protein that interacts with invading viruses appears to help enable the infection process of the Zika virus, according to an international team of researchers who suggest this protein could be a key target in developing new therapies to prevent or treat Zika virus infection.
Jan 10, 2019
Peter Hudson to deliver 2019 Mark Luchinsky Memorial Lecture
Peter Hudson, Willaman Professor of Biology in the Eberly College of Science at Penn State, will present “One Health, One Planet: Building Global Health Security Against Infectious Diseases” as part of the 24th annual Mark Luchinsky Memorial Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in the Palmer Musuem of Art's Palmer Lipcon Auditorium.