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Mending Broken Hearts with Neural Crest Cells
10/21/2019

Mending Broken Hearts with Neural Crest Cells

Lori Dajose
New research shows that certain muscle cells that originate from the embryonic hindbrain contribute to heart muscle and can revert back to a stem-cell state to repair damage in zebrafish hearts.
Colorful cells labeled in the embryonic mouse heart
Male and Female Mice Have Different Brain Cells
10/17/2019

Male and Female Mice Have Different Brain Cells

Lori Dajose
Scientists discover that a brain region known to control sex and violence contains rare cell types that differ in male versus female mice.
Conceptual image of male and female cells
Matt Thomson Named a Packard Fellow
10/15/2019

Matt Thomson Named a Packard Fellow

Lori Dajose
Thomson, a computational biologist, will receive $875,000 in flexible funding over five years from the Packard Foundation.
Matt Thomson
Expanding Neuroscience's Toolkit
10/14/2019

Expanding Neuroscience's Toolkit

Lori Dajose
Optogenetics, the technique of manipulating individual neurons with light in order to study the brain, gets a futuristic upgrade with the help of machine learning and blood-brain-barrier crossing vectors.
Illustration of a protein
Researchers Make It Possible for Ultrasound to Reveal Gene Expression in the Body
09/26/2019

Researchers Make It Possible for Ultrasound to Reveal Gene Expression in the Body

Emily Velasco
Mikhail Shapiro's lab develops technique for imaging mammalian gene expression with ultrasound for the first time by combining human bacteria and virus DNA
An artist's representation of a cell with gas-filled vesicles inside.
A Conversation with Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz
08/30/2019

A Conversation with Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Lori Dajose
The most recent addition to the BBE faculty discusses studying the earliest stages of embryonic development, writing a book, and mentoring women in science.
Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz
How Memories Form and Fade
08/23/2019

How Memories Form and Fade

Lori Dajose
Caltech researchers identify the neural processes that make some memories fade rapidly while other memories persist over time.
memory neurons
Settling the Debate on Serotonin's Role in Sleep
06/24/2019

Settling the Debate on Serotonin's Role in Sleep

Lori Dajose
New research finds that serotonin is necessary for sleep, settling a long-standing controversy.
Stock image of a person sleeping next to an alarm clock
Gut Bacteria Influence Autism-like Behaviors in Mice
05/30/2019

Gut Bacteria Influence Autism-like Behaviors in Mice

Lori Dajose
Caltech researchers have discovered that gut bacteria directly contribute to autism-like behaviors in mice.
Artist depiction of bacteria in the gut.
Being Refreshed Is Not The Same As Being Hydrated
05/29/2019

Being Refreshed Is Not The Same As Being Hydrated

Emily Velasco
Researchers in the lab of Yuki Oka discover that multiple signals from the throat and the gut contribute to alleviating thirst.
A man cups his hands under a pipe to catch and drink water.