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CSB Thesis Defense

Posted
March 22, 2019

Jacob Witten

Ribbeck lab

Title: "Molecular characterization of mucus binding"

Abstract:

Binding of small molecules to mucus membranes in the body has an important role in human health, as it can affect the diffusivity and activity of any molecule that acts in a mucosal environment. The binding of drugs and of toxins and signaling molecules from mucosal pathogens is of particular clinical interest. Despite the importance of mucus–small molecule binding, there...

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CSB Thesis Defense

Posted
March 18, 2019

Joy Yang

Martin Polz Lab

Title: Statistically Identifying Mechanisms of Phage-Host Interactions

Abstract:

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News

Using machine learning to improve subseasonal climate forecasting

Posted
March 11, 2019

Professor of biology Ernest Fraenkel and former visiting scientist Judah Cohen win the Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo competition.

Judah Cohen, director of seasonal forecasting at AER (Atmospheric and Environmental Research) and former visiting scientist in MIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Ernest Fraenkel, professor of biological engineering at MIT, have won first place in three out of four temperature forecasting categories in the Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo competitionhosted by the National Oceanic and...

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Predicting sequence from structure

Posted
February 15, 2019

Researchers have devised a faster, more efficient way to design custom peptides and perturb protein-protein interactions.

One way to probe intricate biological systems is to block their components from interacting and see what happens. This method allows researchers to better understand cellular processes and functions, augmenting everyday laboratory experiments, diagnostic assays, and therapeutic interventions. As a result, reagents that impede interactions between proteins are in high demand. But before scientists can rapidly generate their own custom molecules capable of doing so...