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April 13, 2012
Rice's Luay Nakhleh wins Guggenheim Fellowship
Rice University computer scientist Luay Nakhleh has won a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship to further his research to create new tools and methods for tracing genetic histories and the genetic links between species. (read more)
 March 13, 2012
Cancer epigenetics: breakthrough in ID'ing target genes
Cancer is usually attributed to faulty genes, but growing evidence from the field of cancer epigenetics indicates a key role for the gene "silencing" proteins that stably turn genes off inside the cell nucleus. (read more)
March 8, 2012
Silberg earns NSF CAREER Award
Jonathan Silberg's students and colleagues would happily raise a glass of BioBeer to him if they could. Because of him, they someday might. (read more)
February 9, 2012
Protein libraries in a snap - Rice University undergraduate simplifies tool for biomolecular research
A Rice University undergraduate will depart with not only a degree but also a possible patent for his invention of an efficient way to create protein libraries, an important component of biomolecular research. (read more
February 6, 2012
Qutub wins NSF Career Award
At one point during her first Rice career, Amina Qutub turned her attention from the chemistry of oil to the mysteries of the brain - and she liked what she saw. (read more)
January 27, 2012
Rice, UCSD scientists probe form, function of mysterious protein
Like a magician employing sleight of hand, the protein mitoNEET - a mysterious but important player in diabetes, cancer and aging - draws the eye with a flurry of movement in one location while the subtle, more crucial action takes place somewhere else. (read more)
January 18, 2012
Kavraki elected IEEE fellow
Lydia E. Kavraki, the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and professor of bioengineering, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). (read more)
January 13, 2012
Deem wins Texas academy's O'Donnell Award
Rice University bioengineer and physicist Michael Deem has earned one of Texas' highest scientific honors, the O'Donnell Award from the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST). (read more)
September 12, 2011
Rice, UW win $2M grant for synthetic biology research - Programming bacteria for 'patterned growth' could help advance stem cell research
Sometimes it's good to start with a clean slate. That's the idea behind a new four-year, $2 million research program at Rice University and the University of Washington that aims to push the boundaries of synthetic biology by modifying run-of-the-mill bacteria with sophisticated genetic circuits. (read more)
August 12, 2011
Metabolism in reverse: Making biofuels at full-throttle pace - Rice University engineers reverse E. coli metabolism for speedy production of fuels, chemicals
In a biotechnological tour de force, Rice University engineering researchers this week unveiled a new method for rapidly converting simple glucose into biofuels and petrochemical substitutes. (read more)
August 4, 2011
People, papers and presentations
Jatin Narula, a graduate student in the lab of Rice bioengineer Oleg Igoshin, has won a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) International Student Research Fellowship. (read more)
July 21, 2011
'Freaky mouse' defeats common poison - Rice University study shows house mice found unexpected ways to evolve resistance
Over millennia, mice have thrived despite humanity's efforts to keep them at bay. A Rice University scientist argues some mice have found two ways to achieve a single goal -- resistance to common poison. (read more)
July 20, 2011
Bioengineering team chosen for National Academies Keck Futures Initiative - New research at Rice University explores ways to model blood vessel growth
Rice University bioengineers Amina Qutub, Michael Diehl and Tomasz Tkaczyk are one of 13 groups of collaborators chosen to conduct imaging research as part of the 2011 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI). (read more)
June 24, 2011
The ultimate network - With NSF grant, Rice professor is building new tools to probe genomes
A Rice University computer scientist has won a National Science Foundation grant worth $1.2 million to create tools that will simplify the task of understanding the evolution of whole-genome sequences. (read more)
June 23, 2011
A possible fix for misfolding proteins - Rice University lab reports advance in Gaucher disease research
Troubled proteins in need of rescue may someday have a champion in a common drug used to treat high blood pressure. (read more)
May 13, 2011
Alumni honor nine with Brown Superior Teaching Award
Each year, the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching honors top  Rice professors as determined by the votes of alumni who graduated two and five years ago. This year nine faculty received the award. Below are the recipients and their comments about teaching at Rice. (read more)
April 8, 2011
Rice's Shell Center rewards student researchers for sustainable development
Thanks to grants from Rice University's Shell Center for Sustainability (SCS), 14 Rice students are in the field with faculty members finding ways to reduce Houston's carbon footprint, improve solar energy, protect Gulf Coast ecosystems and promote environmental stewardship. (read more)
April 6, 2011
Exploring the possibilities for zeolites - Rice University team creates database of 2.6 million varieties of molecular sieves
Some people collect stamps and coins, but when it comes to sheer utility, few collections rival the usefulness of Rice University researcher Michael Deem's collection of 2.6 million zeolite structures. (read more)
March 21, 2011
Biofilm reorganization: Back to the theoretical drawing board - Microcinematic image analysis finds existing theories of bacterial self-organization are lacking
In a surprising new study, Rice researchers using image-analysis methods similar to those employed in facial-recognition software have made a startling discovery that rules out the two main theories scientists had created to explain how bacteria self-organize into multicellular aggregate mounds. (read more)
January 27, 2011
What a ride! Researchers take molecules for a spin - Rice University scientists model tiny rotors, key to future nanomachines
"This is no cartoon. It's a real molecule, with all the interactions taking place correctly," said Anatoly Kolomeisky as he showed an animation of atoms twisting and turning about a central hub like a carnival ride gone made. (read more)
January 12, 2011
Two Rice professors named AAAS fellows - Farach-Carson, Deem honored by American Association for the Advancement of Science
Rice University professors Mary "Cindy" Farach-Carson and Michael Deem have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. (read more)
January 12, 2011
BRC projects earn Dunn Foundation seed grants - Studies target 'stealth' chemotherapy, bad yeast, antibiotic resistance
Yeast that switches to the dark side, "stealth" chemotherapy, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and a center to study repairing and re-engineering the nervous system have won grants for projects based at Rice's BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC). (read more)
December 16, 2010
Computer scientist Kavraki elected ACM fellow
The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) has elected Rice University's Lydia Kavraki as a 2010 fellow. (read more)
November 17, 2010
New way of predicting dominant seasonal flu strain - Mathematical method requires no animal tests, better predicts flu-vaccine targets
Rice University scientists have found a way to predict rapidly whether a new strain of the influenza virus should be included in the annual seasonal flu vaccine. (read more)
November 5, 2010
Lung Cancer Study
Rice University statistician Marek Kimmel, an expert on the statistics of cancer screening and cancer genetics, is available to discuss the National Cancer Institute's National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), a research study focused on men and women at risk for lung cancer. (read more)
November 5, 2010
'Prima donna' protein doesn't work well in pairs - Rice University bioengineers measure pulling power of hitched pairs of protein motors
A new study by Rice University bioengineers finds that the workhorse proteins that move cargo inside living cells behave like prima donnas. The protein, called kinesin, is a two-legged molecular machine. Rice's scientists invented tools that could measure the pulling power of kinesin both singly and in pairs, and they report this week in Biophysical Journal that kinesins don't work well together -- in part because they are so effective on their own. (read more)
November 2, 2010
No Substitute for Experience - IBB Summer Academy draws many students back to Rice for good
Once high school students get a taste of life at Rice, why would they apply anywhere else? That's how a host of young scholars felt after participating in Rice's Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering (IBB) Summer Academy, a program that introduces high school juniors to the college experience at a tier-one research institution. (read more)
September 17, 2010
Study finds possible 'persistence' switch for tuberculosis - Computer model finds probable genetic mechanism for TB dormancy
An examination of a portion of the tuberculosis genome that responds to stress has allowed Rice University bioengineers Oleg Igoshin and Abhinav Tiwari to zero in on a network of genes that may "switch" the disease into dormancy. (read more)
September 15, 2010
Rice study examines how bacteria acquire immunity -First theoretical description of bacterial system to silence viral genes
In a new study this week, Rice University scientists bring the latest tools of computational biology to bear in examining how the processes of natural selection and evolution influence the way bacteria acquire immunity from disease. (read more)
August 25, 2010
Evolution writ small - Rice study measures physical effects of evolution at molecular scale
A unique experiment at Rice University that forces bacteria into a head-to-head competition for evolutionary dominance has yielded new insights about the way Darwinian selection plays out at the molecular level. An exacting new analysis of the experiment has revealed precisely how specific genetic mutations impart a physical edge in the competition for survival. (read more)