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New Research Unlocks a Mystery of Albinism

Precise patch:

A team of Brown University biologists, including doctoral student Nicholas Bellono, has discovered the way in which a specific genetic mutation appears to lead to the lack of melanin production underlying a form of albinism.

Algorithm Identifies Networks of Genetic Changes Across Cancers

Big Data and genetic complexity:

Using a computer algorithm that can sift through mounds of genetic data, researchers from Brown have identified several networks of genes that, when hit by a mutation, could play a role in the development of multiple types of cancer. The research team includes doctoral students Hsin-Ta Wu and Alexandra Papoutsaki and master’s student Jonathan Eldridge, all in Computer Science, as well as associate professor of Computer Science, Ben Raphael.

Molecular Decoys Help Overcome Drug Resistance

An effective decoy:

Efflux pumps are surface proteins that prevent antimicrobial drugs from getting a foothold in a bacterial cell by identifying and pumping them out of the cell. New research by doctoral Chemistry student Corey Compton and associate professor of chemistry Jason Sello, suggest that small pieces of those drugs could keep the efflux pumps busy and allow the antimicrobial drugs to reach a critical mass inside the cell.

Moorefield Wins Wolf Prize

Bryan Moorefield:

Anthropology doctoral student Bryan Moorefield has won the Eric. R. Wolf Prize for a paper on Mexican guest workers in the Florida citrus industry. The essay will be published in Anthropology of Work Review, a journal of the American Anthropological Association. His paper titled Exceptional Protections: Contracts, Temporality, and Mexican Guestworkers.

Career Week: Experts, Alumni Provide Tips to Students

Graduate career week is underway, with talks by experts such as Professor Barbara Tannenbaum, speaking on Effective Communication for Career Success. Thirty graduate alumni will participate in the Graduate Career Options Conference on Satuday. Coming from around the nation and Mexico, the alumni will share lessons learned in a wide variety of careers and also attend a networking luncheon sponsored by the Brown Annual Fund.

Keep Calm and Thrive: Session on Healthy Habits

The second session of the five-part Wellness Series for Graduate Students is on healthy habits in everyday life to help you to reach your academic goals. The 45-minute presentation by Sherri Nelson, Director of Counseling & Psychological Services, and Erin Lane-Aaronian PhD, Psychotherapist will be held on November 19 at 6 pm in the Faunce Memorial Room, 2nd floor of the Robert Center. Learn more.

Can the Wave Function of an Electron be Divided and Trapped?

The electron wave function:

Electrons are elementary particles — indivisible, unbreakable. But new research from Humphrey Maris, professor of physics, and Zhuolin Xie, doctoral student in Physics, suggests the electron's quantum state — the electron wave function — can be separated into many parts. That has some strange implications for the theory of quantum mechanics.