Each cell in your body contains a world bustling with activity. The bustlers? Proteins. Proteins are the molecular structures that build and run cellular operations. They act as scaffolds and traintracks. They form gates and tunnels. They walk, pinch, pull, bend, and squeeze. Through these mechanical and chemical processes, they keep us alive and healthy.
Over the last 50 years, scientists have come to understand the chemical life...
When Harvard University shut its doors to stem the coronavirus pandemic, Harvard professor Ethan Garner got to work.
At home in quarantine, Garner kept reading stories of doctors, nurses and healthcare workers who simply did not have enough medical equipment to keep themselves safe. They needed masks, they needed goggles, and they needed gloves. How could he help?
Garner, who usually solves problems with biology, this time solved the problem with Burning Man. Every year, thousands of people gather in the Nevada desert for a week of music, art,...
Louis Pasteur remains a titan of biology and medicine. His insights into the microbial world saved countless lives that would otherwise have been lost to cholera, or to rabies, or to food poisoning. Yet Pasteur went to his grave a failure on one front: he couldn’t get his hands on rabies.
Pasteur successfully pioneered the rabies vaccine, painstakingly extracting saliva from rabid dogs, but he was never able to find the root cause...
Lanell Williams is only the third woman in Harvard history to pursue a Ph.D. in Physics. Yet future Dr. Williams is already making plans for four, five, and six.
This week, Williams hosted a 3-day workshop for women of color who want their own ground-breaking graduate degrees. For three days, the Physics Library in Jefferson Hall was home to 20 African American, Latinx, and Native American women who are trying to pursue their passion for physics and, in so doing, change history.
The human body is made of trillions of cells. Each cell contains the genome of that individual, a DNA string 3 billion letters long. Even if you could sequence every DNA base pair in every cell, would you be able to make sense of it?
Enter Zoe Piran, a PhD student in Physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Piran has joined the NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology to tackle exactly this problem.
We’d all love to soar like an eagle on occasion. Gautam Reddy figured out the math that makes it possible.
Soaring birds ‘cheat’ with some frequency. They find thermals – rising columns of air – which they can use to their advantage. By hopping from thermal to thermal, soaring birds can make the air work for them, pushing them high into the air without any flapping required.
Reddy spent his graduate career at UC San Diego working chiefly on this thermal soaring behavior of birds. He determined which variables can be used to efficiently find and harness thermals....