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When cells' tiny differences have far-reaching implications

July 21, 2022

Photo: M.Scott Brauer

Alex Shalek’s technologies for single-cell RNA profiling can help dissect the cellular bases of complex diseases around the globe.

Within a given tissue or organ, cells may appear very similar or even identical. But at the molecular level, these cells can have small differences that lead to wide variations in their functions.

Alex K. Shalek, an MIT associate professor of chemistry, relishes the challenge of...


How a shape-shifting receptor influences cell growth

July 6, 2022

Image: Courtesy of the researchers

Insight into the way the EGF receptor sends signals into cells could help researchers design new cancer drugs that target this protein.

Receptors found on cell surfaces bind to hormones, proteins, and other molecules, helping cells respond to their environment. MIT chemists have now discovered how one of these receptors...


CSB Thesis Defense: C. Kummerlowe (Shalek Lab)

June 29, 2022

The CSB Ph.D. Program is proud to announce the following  thesis defense:

CSB Ph.D. Candidate: Conner Kummerlowe

Advisor: Alex Shalek

Committee members: Doug Lauffenburger and Bryan Bryson

When: Wednesday, June 29th, 2022

Time: 1:30PM - 2:30 PM ET.

Title: High throughput measurement and perturbation of tissues and tissue-derived cellular models

Location: MIT Building E25 room 111

Abstract: ...


New model helps identify mutations that drive cancer

June 20, 2022

Image: Dylan Burnette and Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, National Institutes of Health, edited by MIT News

The system rapidly scans the genome of cancer cells, could help researchers find targets for new drugs.

Cancer cells can have thousands of...