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artistic rendering: paper cutout of a head with a puzzle piece taken out

May 6, 2021 | Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology

$8M grant aims to better understand disease mechanisms of schizophrenia

A new $8 million NIH grant seeks to uncover more clues into what genes increase the risk of developing schizophrenia.

COVID virus

April 14, 2021 | Duke Today

Duke-Led Team Finds Why Women May Be Better Equipped to Fight COVID

When it comes to COVID-19, women seem to be the stronger sex

three baboons in the wild

April 6, 2021 | Duke Today

A male baboons dominance gives him babies, but costs him years

Struggle for dominance leaves a mark on genes and speeds up aging

Long, thin, well-defined muscle fibers (top left) are in shambles after prolonged inflammation (top right), but maintain their structure (bottom left) and strength (bottom right) when exercised during the inflammation.

January 25, 2021 | Pratt School of Engineering

Exercising Muscle Combats Chronic Inflammation On Its Own

Exercising lab-grown human muscle autonomously blocks the damaging effects of interferon gamma

bacteria tree

January 13, 2021 | Pratt School of Engineering

The Cancer Microbiome Reveals Which Bacteria Live in Tumors

Tissue velocity field and its divergence

January 7, 2021 | Duke Precision Genomics Collaboratory

How does a fish grow back scales?

How does a fish grow back scales it has lost to be the right size? Why don’t they just keep growing? The secret lies in waves of Erk activity.

Clair Engstrom

January 4, 2021 | Duke Research Blog

Claire Engstrom, a Student Researcher Working to Treat Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy by Optimizing CRISPR-cas9

Claire first got involved with on-campus research through her pre-orientation program, PSearch.

em cells have the potential to turn into any cell type, which makes them an incredibly powerful tool for disease modeling and regenerative medicine.

December 1, 2020

CRISPR Tagging Improves Accuracy Of Model Cells Grown From Stem Cells

A team of biomedical engineers at Duke University has created a new way to turn stem cells into a desired cell type by mastering the language of gene regulatory networks.

Astrocytes are highly complex cells that tightly envelope synaptic structures in the brain. This picture shows 3D-printed forms of astrocytes

November 12, 2020 | Duke Today

Astrocytes Identified as Master ‘Conductors’ of the Brain

Star-shaped ‘glue’ cells make it their business to govern connections between neurons

mini lung

October 23, 2020 | Duke Today

Lab-grown Mini-lungs Mimic the Real Thing – Right Down to COVID Infection

Living human lung air sacs in tiny dishes promise to accelerate COVID research

crystal structure of DNA

October 22, 2020 | Duke School of Medicine

Transcription factors may inadvertently lock in DNA mistakes

Transcription factor proteins are the light switches of the human genome.

yarui diao

September 23, 2020

Diao receives $3 million grant from 4D Nucleome Consortium

Yarui Diao, Ph.D. received a U01 grant, totaling $3 million in research funding for 5 years, from 4D Nucleome Consortium (phase 2) through the NIH Common fund. Diao aims to determine the function and regulation of high-order chromatin structure on gene regulation and [...]

Purushothama Rao Tata

September 16, 2020 | Duke University

Lung Stem Cells in Transition - a Culprit in Lung Fibrosis

artistic rendering of DNA on black background

September 9, 2020

Diao awarded Genomic Innovator Awards

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health, selected Yarui Diao to receive 2020 Genomic Innovator Awards. NHGRI honored a total of 12 early career investigators in genomics.

Yarui Diao

September 1, 2020 | Duke School of Medicine

Diao awarded 2020 Genomic Innovator Award

June 22, 2020 | Development

An interview with Ken Poss

Ken Poss recently joined the Development team as associate editor, focusing on the field of regenerative biology. Development interviewed him to find out more about his career, research, and why he decided to get involved with the journal.  

yarui diao

June 19, 2020

Cancer: The wound that never heals

Yarui Diao is trying to shed more light on rhabdomyosarcoma in an effort to come up with better treatment options.

April 21, 2020 | Duke Research Blog

Asokan, Gersbach research highlighted by Vice President of Research

Dr. Carin reflects on how Duke's fundamental research can turn viruses into marvels.

Circos plot displaying data from drug-modifier CRISPR screens. The screen conducted in the presence of ABT-199 is shown as a cutout with annotations from the outermost rim: genes ranked from most sensitizing (rank = 1) to most resisting (rank = 2,390); scatter plot of corresponding gene essentiality score; drug-modifier score (shown in replicate), colored to depict sensitizers (red) and resisters (blue). Gene–gene relationships that exhibit AP between drug screens are indicated by purple connections.

March 31, 2020

Setting a trap for drug-resistant cancers

By Alissa Kocer A cancer patient and his family sit in a doctor’s office waiting to see how well he is responding to treatment. As the doctor pulls up his scans, all of the air in the room seems to vanish. When the doctor says, “Your tumor has shrunk and is almost gone!” A [...]

Congratulations MEDx Colloquia award recipients: Charlie Gersbach, Edward Smith, Simon Gregor, Xiling Shen, Jessilyn Dunn, Raluca Gordon

March 5, 2020

Four CAGT Faculty among MEDx Coloquia Award recipients

Four CAGT faculty are represented in the 2020 MEDxColloquia Awards. These colloquia are designed to bring together physicians, engineers, computer scientists, data analysts, and basic and/or clinical researchers with a desire to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to solve complex problems and inspire innovation in medicine.

headshots of maria ciofani and kris wood

February 28, 2020

Ciofani and Wood receive tenure

Center for Advanced Genomic Technologies Steering Committee Members Maria Ciofani and Kris Wood have recently been awarded tenure. Congratulations to you both! 

The Duke Center for Advanced Genomic Technologies aims to investigate and re-engineer the inner workings of cellular gene regulation machinery and networks

January 2, 2020 | Duke Engineering News

Duke Researchers Garner Over $6 Million in NIH Funding to Fight Genetic Diseases

Collaborative work using CRISPR genome editing to address the burden of genetic neuromuscular diseases flourishes across Duke.

December 13, 2019 | Duke Engineering News

A Window into the Hidden World of Colons

Combining a skin-level glass window with a gut-stabilizing magnet, researchers get a view into the colon of a live animal

headshots of charlie gersbach and greg crawford

November 19, 2019

Greg Crawford and Charlie Gersbach Recognized as Highly Cited Researchers

Each year, the Web of Science Group identifies the world’s most influential researchers. The select few who have been most frequently cited by their peers over the last decade. In 2019, fewer than 6,300, or 0.1%, of the world's researchers, across 21 research fields, have [...]