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New Mechanisms Describe How the Genome Regulates Itself
01/15/2020

New Mechanisms Describe How the Genome Regulates Itself

Lori Dajose
A cell's ability to silence its own genes is crucial for proper function. Caltech researchers now know more about how these complicated processes work.
DNA
From the Break Through Campaign: What Makes Up a Mind
01/08/2020

From the Break Through Campaign: What Makes Up a Mind

Since his years as a Caltech graduate student,Ralph Adolphs has wanted to learn how the biological brain produces the intangible mind, what the mind’s basic elements are, and how the two influence each other.
Ralph Adolphs
A Conversation with David Van Valen
01/03/2020

A Conversation with David Van Valen

Lori Dajose
Developing technology to solve biology's biggest challenges
David Van Valen
Protein Signposts Guide Formation of Neural Connections
12/20/2019

Protein Signposts Guide Formation of Neural Connections

Lori Dajose
Researchers determine how two particular cell-surface proteins interact to guide neurons in forming the right connections in the Drosophila optic lobe.
Colorful cells in the adult Drosophila medullary cortex
Library Science: A Conversation with Kara Whatley
12/12/2019

Library Science: A Conversation with Kara Whatley

Judy Hill
Caltech's new librarian on modern librarianship and her goals for supporting Caltech's researchers.
Caltech librarian Kara Whatley
How Interacting with Females Increases Aggression in Male Fruit Flies
12/11/2019

How Interacting with Females Increases Aggression in Male Fruit Flies

Lori Dajose
Why do male flies become more aggressive after encountering females? New research illuminates the brain circuits underlying this behavior.
Two fruit flies fighting
Watson Lecture, December 11: Joe Parker
12/05/2019

Watson Lecture, December 11: Joe Parker

How to Deceive Society: An Insect Masterclass
Closeup of ants.
Barbara Wold Appointed Director of the Merkin Institute for Translational Research
12/04/2019

Barbara Wold Appointed Director of the Merkin Institute for Translational Research

Lori Dajose
The Richard N. Merkin Institute for Translational Research was established this year with a gift from trustee Richard Merkin to Caltech's Break Through Campaign.
Barbara Wold
From the Break Through Campaign: Alvarez Professorships Promote the Power of Great Teaching at Caltech
11/22/2019

From the Break Through Campaign: Alvarez Professorships Promote the Power of Great Teaching at Caltech

Richard Alvarez (BS '57) has given $6 million to the Institute to establish two endowed professorships which "will strengthen the Institute’s ability to recruit and foster the work of outstanding faculty who will educate and inspire new generations of students.”
Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering Domniki Asimaki with undergraduates
Visualizing DNA Labels in Cells and Tissues
11/19/2019

Visualizing DNA Labels in Cells and Tissues

Lori Dajose
A new bioengineering technique uses imaging to enable readout of the DNA barcodes of individual cells directly within tissues. This will allow researchers to combine information about the history of the cells, their present state, and their spatial position.
Image of cells glowing with colorful markers