In the Developing Brain, Scientists Find Roots of Neuropsychiatric Diseases
The most comprehensive genomic analysis of the human brain ever undertaken has revealed new insights into the changes it undergoes through development, how it varies among individuals, and the roots of neuropsychiatric illnesses such as autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia.
Yale scientist Nikhil S. Malvankar receives Hood Foundation Child Health Research Award
Nikhil Malvankar, assistant professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale’s Microbial Sciences Institute, has received a Charles H. Hood Foundation Child Health Research Award for his project The Role of Charge Interactions in Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections in Cystic Fibrosis. Malvankar is one of five recipients to receive an award.
Single Gene Linked to a Host of Abnormalities During Neurodevelopment
Yale researchers have shown that mutations of a gene associated with autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and epilepsy cause some of the same structural and behavioral abnormalities that characterize those neurodevelopmental disorders, they report March 5 in the journal Cell Reports.
Nobel Laureate Thomas A. Steitz Dies, Mapped the Structure of the Ribosome
Thomas A. Steitz, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale and one of three winners of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, died Oct. 9 at his home in Stony Creek after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Steitz was 78.
Four Faculty Members Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
In recognition of their outstanding research achievements, four faculty members from the School of Medicine have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Akiko Iwasaki, PhD; Haifan Lin, PhD; David G. Schatz, PhD; and Günter Paul Wagner, PhD, were selected for one of the world’s highest honors that can be bestowed on a scientist.
Jonathon (Joe) Howard elected to Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
Jonathon (Joe) Howard, Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, has been elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, honoring his expertise in science, engineering, and technology