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Douglas Cavener named Huck Chair in Evolutionary Genetics

Douglas R. Cavener, Penn State professor of biology and former Verne M. Willaman Dean of the Eberly College of Science, has been named Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Distinguished Chair in Evolutionary Genetics by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Fighting COVID with COVID

What if the COVID-19 virus could be used against itself? Researchers at Penn State have designed a proof-of-concept therapeutic that may be able to do just that. The team designed a synthetic defective SARS-CoV-2 virus that is innocuous but interferes with the real virus’ growth, potentially causing the extinction of both the disease-causing virus and the synthetic virus.

Melissa Rolls appointed Paul Berg Professor of Biochemistry

Melissa Rolls, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, has been named the Paul Berg Professor of Biochemistry. The professorship was created in 1995 by an anonymous donor in honor of Paul Berg, a 1948 Penn State graduate who was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 1974 and earned the Nobel Prize in 1980 for developing a method to map the structure and function of DNA.

A recent art exhibition in downtown State College featured 18 works by Penn State scientists. IMAGE: PENN STATE

Discovering the beauty of living cells: Science meets coffeeshop art

A December exhibition at Webster's Bookstore Cafe titled “The Art of Cell Biology,” featured 18 pieces of science-based artwork produced by Penn State research,

Dr. Janet Iwasa presents at the Center for Cellular Dynamics' "Art of Cellular Biology" event

Innovative meeting brings scientists and artists together

The University of Utah’s Dr. Janet Iwasa headlined the “Art of Cellular Biology” event.

Discovery rewriting the evolutionary history of the nervous system

Penn State researchers at the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences uncover a long-standing, fundamental error in the story of the nervous system’s evolution.

Summer fieldwork for MCIBS students: from here to China

This summer many MCIBS students can be found hard at work in their labs. Or you just might find some by a local stream or in Africa or China taking their research into the field.

Crowd-funding campaign to accelerate clinical trials of brain-repair discovery

Pushing promising new brain-repair research from the Gong Chen lab into clinical trials is the goal of a quick crowd-funding campaign that kicked off March 30.

Nerve-cell signaling traced back to common ancestor of humans and sea anemone

New research led by by Tim Jegla shows that a burst of evolutionary innovation in the genes responsible for electrical communication among nerve cells in our brains occurred over 600 million years ago in a common ancestor of humans and the sea anemone.

Ben Franklin's TechCelerator turns promising research into startups with promise

Research-to-startup program helps build entrepreneurship among scientists including Huck Institutes faculty researchers Tony Jun Huang and Gong Chen.