Category: Research

  • Don’t beat yourself up, you’ll live longerApril 3, 2014

    In a recently published paper, Brandeis University researchers report they found a connection between a self-compassionate attitude and lower levels of stress-induced inflammation. The discovery could lead to new techniques to lower stress and improve health.

  • Students’ research addresses air quality in nail salonsApril 2, 2014

    Justice Brandeis Semester students in the Environmental Health and Justice Program recently presented to the Boston Public Health Commission, sharing research that assessed nail salon workers’ exposure to volatile organic compounds and chemicals.

  • A new dimension in understanding ciliaMarch 24, 2014

    Brandeis University researchers have developed a new model to study these tiny but vital cellular structures with more clarity and detail than ever before, providing a clearer picture on how cilia are shaped, structured and how they interact with their environment.

  • Ulka Anjaria awarded the Charles A. Ryskamp Research FellowshipMarch 24, 2014

    Ulka Anjaria, assistant professor of English, was chosen by the American Council of Learned Societies to receive the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship for her study of contemporary literature and popular culture in India. This fellowship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Naghmeh Sohrabi awarded the competitive Mellon New Directions Fellowship March 24, 2014

    Naghmeh Sohrabi, the Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Middle East History and associate director for research at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, was awarded the competitive Mellon New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Leslie Lamport, MA'71, PhD'72, wins the ‘Nobel of Computing’March 19, 2014

    The Association for Computing Machinery named Leslie Lamport, MA'71, PhD'72, the recipient of the 2013 A.M. Turing Award, an honor widely known as the 'Nobel of Computing.' Lamport, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, received his MA and PhD from Brandeis University in mathematics.

  • New online database tracks wellbeing of US children March 12, 2014

    The Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management has launched the first nationally comprehensive, interactive online database for tracking and analyzing the wellbeing and equity of U.S. children across racial and ethnic groups.

  • Turing’s theory of morphogenesis validated March 10, 2014

    In his only paper on biology, Alan Turing proposed a theory of morphogenesis, and now, 60 years after Turing’s death, researchers from Brandeis University and the University of Pittsburgh have provided the first experimental evidence that validates Turing’s theory in cell-like structures.

  • The hubbub about the heart’s lub-dubMarch 3, 2014

    For years, scientists have debated how many E1 proteins are required to build one of these channels, theorizing anywhere between one and 14. Now, Brandeis University researchers found that these channels are almost exclusively built with two E1s.

  • Study finds feeling in control may increase longevity Feb. 4, 2014

    People who feel in control and believe they can achieve goals despite hardships are more likely to live longer and healthier lives, especially among those with less education, according to a new study by Brandeis University and the University of Rochester. The study was published online in the journal of Health Psychology.

  • Venetian accounts book tells story of 18th-century Jewish communityJan. 31, 2014
  • Novel microscope illuminates molecular architecture Jan. 27, 2014

    Working with biochemistry professor Jeff Gelles, Brandeis research scientists Larry Friedman and Johnson Chung built a novel light microscope that uses multiple laser colors to examine the behavior of individual protein, DNA and RNA molecules.

  • Brandeisians win recognition for Jewish literatureJan. 24, 2014
  • Paradis lab unearths roots of neural branchingJan. 23, 2014

    The Paradis lab reported in the Journal of Neuroscience the discovery of a new signaling molecule, called Rem2, that restricts neuronal growth in response to environmental stimuli. It is one of the first negative regulators of activity-dependent branching to be studied in vivo.

  • Brandeis explores origins of life with $1 million Keck Foundation grantJan. 17, 2014

    How life evolved from simple, non-living molecules to complex, living matter is chemistry’s grand question. Brandeis University scientists hope to shed light on this mystery with the help of a three-year, $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to explore the chemical origins of life.

  • Magic in the lab is no sleight of handJan. 2, 2014

    In the lab in 222 Abelson, Zvonimir Dogic, associate professor of physics, and a team of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates, explore natural phenomena that seem almost magical.

  • The beat goes on with a new model for artificial flagellaDec. 19, 2013

    Michael Hagan, associate professor of physics, and his lab, have built the first viable computer model to generate flagella-like movement with man-made structures. That fluid movement is a highly sought-after capability in small-scale devices, such as microrobots.

  • New study links memory and cultureDec. 17, 2013

    Culture influences how we remember, according to a new study in the journal Culture and Brain, by Angela Gutchess, assistant professor of psychology.

  • Spotlight on the black experience in AmericaDec. 12, 2013
  • The Heller School’s Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy receives $2.9 million grantDec. 5, 2013

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to fund completion and launch diversitydatakids.org, the first nationally comprehensive, interactive online database tool for finding data, policy information and analysis on the wellbeing of U.S. children across racial and ethnic groups.

  • Archaeologists discover largest, oldest palatial wine cellar Nov. 22, 2013

    Andrew Koh, associate professor of classical studies, was part of a team that unearthed the oldest — and largest — palatial wine cellar in the Near East, containing 40 jars, each of which would have held 50 liters of strong, sweet wine.

  • Ancient wine cellar reveals a sophisticated drinkNov. 22, 2013
  • Justice Brandeis Semester expands its offeringsNov. 19, 2013
  • The skinny on fat and cholesterolNov. 14, 2013

    Recently, the Food and Drug Administration proposed banning transfat and the American Heart Association released groundbreaking new guidelines on cholesterol treatment. K.C. Hayes, a nutrition expert and the inventor of Smart Balance, talks about how these new regulations will impact public health.

  • Witches in the archives Oct. 31, 2013

    Among those treasures in the university archives are a number of history’s most famous works about demonology and witchcraft, exposing humankind’s deep fascination with the supernatural, and the tragic realities behind such beliefs.

  • Fear factorOct. 29, 2013

    In honor of Halloween, BrandeisNOW spoke with Don Katz, associate professor of psychology, about how the brain processes fear — potentially with deadly consequences.

  • Brandeis goes orange for Open Access WeekOct. 23, 2013

    This week, LTS turned its website orange in support of Open Access Week, a worldwide promotion of free, online access to scholarly research. LTS is reaching out to faculty, graduate students and staff to explain the concepts and ramifications of open access.

  • Brandeis physicist wins award for biology textbook Oct. 18, 2013

  • The brain’s neural thermostat Oct. 16, 2013

    Brandeis University scientists observed in vivo that neocortical neurons, cells that control higher functions such as sight, language and spatial reasoning, have a set average firing rate and return to this set point even during prolonged periods of sensory deprivation. Furthermore, the average firing rate is so well regulated by this neural thermostat that the rates do not change between periods of sleep and wakefulness.

  • Subcellular imaging pioneers receive Rosenstiel AwardOct. 15, 2013

    Watt Webb, David Tank and Winfried Denk, the pioneers of multiphoton fluorescence microscopy, a technique that allows scientists to image subcellular structures deep within living tissues, will be honored with the 43rd Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Biomedical Science.

  • Ancient scrolls inspire new interdisciplinary research Oct. 15, 2013

    For the past six months, Brandeis University has partnered with the Museum of Science, Boston on the installation, “Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times,” a special exhibition that brings fragments of the scrolls and other artifacts from ancient Israel to the public eye. Tens of thousands of visitors from the Boston area and beyond have viewed the exhibition so far, and more are expected before it closes Oct 20.

  • Rare editions of Shakespeare's work in Archives and Special CollectionsOct. 11, 2013
  • Discovered manuscript shows Marcuse’s evolutionOct. 9, 2013

    The recent unearthing of a draft of a classic text, 'One-Dimensional Man,' by former Brandeis politics professor Herbert Marcuse promises to spark the kind of heated debate among academics, students and fellow thinkers for which Marcuse, a Marxist, was legendary and, in some quarters (even at Brandeis), notorious.

  • Scientists celebrate Nobel for Higgs discoveryOct. 8, 2013

    The Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for their theory on how elementary particles obtain mass, known as the Higgs field theory, but thousands of scientists worldwide were involved in the experimental discovery of the Higgs boson — including several right here at Brandeis.

  • New journal explores signs across cultures, disciplinesOct. 8, 2013

    Richard Parmentier, professor of anthropology and director of the graduate program in global studies, is the editor of a new journal, Signs and Society. It is funded by Hankuk University and published by the journals division of the University of Chicago Press. Parmentier recruited Brandeis English professor John Plotz and anthropologist Javier Urcid to join the Board of Editors.

  • Drowsy Drosophila shed light on sleep and hungerOct. 8, 2013

    Sleep, hunger and metabolism are closely related, but scientists are still struggling to understand how they interact. Now, Brandeis University researchers have discovered a molecular function in fruit flies that may provide insight into the complicated relationship between sleep and food.

  • Documents from Dead Sea Scrolls era show diversity of women’s rolesOct. 7, 2013

    Ancient documents written around the time of the Dead Sea Scrolls paint a lively picture of the positions of power and influence held by some Jewish and Christian women. So says Professor Bernadette J. Brooten, who skillfully wove together evidence from inscriptions, papyri and other sources to show that women in traditional cultures often held very nontraditional roles, in a lecture she presented on Oct. 2 at the Museum of Science.

  • The spliceosome: more than meets the eye Sept. 30, 2013

    Researchers from Brandeis University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School have teamed up to unravel a major component in understanding the process of RNA splicing.

  • Brandeis scientists visit Capitol HillSept. 24, 2013

    Brandeis researchers recently met with a number of senators, including Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren, to share their research and its implications for human health. Topics of discussion included Brandeis’ impact on local business and the value of research in the economy at local, state and national levels.

  • Wild and weird world of fluoride channels Sept. 18, 2013

    In a paper published in August in the journal eLife, professor of biochemistry Christopher Miller reports microorganisms have evolved an unusual fluoride-specific ion channel to export toxic fluoride from the cell. The research may have implications for the treatment of bacterial diseases such as tuberculosis.

  • Discuss and celebrate the Dead Sea ScrollsSept. 11, 2013

    On Oct. 20, the Museum of Science exhibition, 'Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times,' co-sponsored by Brandeis University, will close. Between now and then, Brandeis will host several events to discuss and celebrate the mystery, impact and importance of these ancient scrolls, discovered decades ago in a cave overlooking the Dead Sea.

  • Life Decisions: Articles of Faith?Sept. 10, 2013

    PhD candidates Emily Sigalow, Michelle Shain and Meredith Bergey found that faith influences some traditionally secular decisions, such as choosing where to live or work, among Christians and other faith-based communities. They focused on four questions: How do religious principles influence career choice, marriage, place of residence, and number of offspring.

  • Brandeis-Israel Research Initiative starts strongSept. 9, 2013

    Israeli neuroscientists recently visited Brandeis University to present research and develop projects as part of the Henry J. Leir Brandeis-Israel Research Initiative, which underwrites collaborations between Israeli and Brandeis neuroscientists and funds postdoctoral appointments for Israelis at Brandeis.

  • Physicist Bulbul Chakraborty is finding equilibriumAug. 21, 2013

    Theoretical physicist Bulbul Chakraborty, who became the first woman to join the Brandeis physics faculty in 1989, says the last five years of her research have been the most exciting and fulfilling, but the road here has been filled with twists and turns: moving from India, raising a family and simultaneously navigating and excelling in a male-dominated field have been part of the journey.

  • Initiative to foster partnerships between Brandeis and Israeli scientistsAug. 19, 2013
  • David DeRosier, electron microscopy pioneer, honored Aug. 19, 2013

    David DeRosier, an emeritus professor of biology, pioneered the use of electron microscopy to make fundamental discoveries about cellular structures and is currently developing a new, super-resolution cryogenic light microscope. He was recently awarded the Microscopy Society of America Distinguished Scientist Award, the society’s highest honor.

  • Hanley Center, Brandeis partner for physician trainingAug. 15, 2013

    The Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership in Portland, Maine, and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management have partnered to create an advanced education program with the goal of building a statewide network of physician leaders in Maine.

  • Eapen named HHMI international research fellowAug. 14, 2013

    Vinay Eapen is one of 42 international predoctoral students selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to receive fellowships that will support their graduate studies at U.S. universities. Eapen, who comes from India, is studying DNA damage response and autophagy in the Haber Lab.

  • The temperature tastes just right to insectsAug. 7, 2013

    Call it the Goldilocks Principle — animals can survive and reproduce only if the temperature is just right. A team of Brandeis University scientists has discovered a previously unknown molecular temperature sensor in fruit flies belonging to a protein family responsible for sensing tastes and smells.

  • Eve Marder: At the intersection of wisdom and technologyAug. 1, 2013
  • Blazeman's 'War on ALS' comes to BrandeisJuly 22, 2013

    Thanks to a gift from the Blazeman Foundation for ALS, Mugdha Deshpande has been named the Blazeman Postdoctoral Fellow for ALS Research and is utilizing a novel research approach developed in Assistant Biology Professor Avital Rodal’s laboratory to search for a cure to the neurodegenerative disease. 


  • Youth summit explores the world of medicine July 18, 2013

    The inaugural Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine gathered a diverse group of nearly 175 teenagers mulling careers in medicine and healthcare. Over nine days, the delegates received a behind-the-scenes, hands-on education, attending talks by renowned doctors and scholars and visiting medical schools and hospitals in the Boston area.

  • Students win Fulbrights to pursue passions abroadJuly 18, 2013

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program will send seven Brandeis students and young alumni around the world this year to pursue their passions while promoting global understanding. Three of the Fulbrighters will teach English in countries as distant as Thailand and Azerbaijan, and four will conduct research abroad.

  • Protecting the body in good times and badJuly 16, 2013

    Assistant Professor Michael T. Marr had a mystery on his hands: Why do cells continue to produce some proteins while shutting down production of others when the body is trying to conserve resources? What he discovered could impact our understanding of cancer and other threats to the body. 

  • Paradis' research could impact seizure treatmentJune 27, 2013

    Assistant Professor of Biology Suzanne Paradis started with a simple question: How are GABAergic synapses built? Now she and her team have applied for a patent and are continuing research that could have implications for millions of people who suffer from epilepsy.

  • Innovation sprouts with annual grant competitionJune 19, 2013

    Five teams of young Brandeis scientists and programmers will receive a total of $50,000 to fund the research and development of products ranging from compounds that can target cancer cells to a mobile app that helps avoid lines. It's all part of the third annual Brandeis Virtual Incubator Sprout Grant Program.

  • Computer modeling technique goes viralJune 18, 2013

    Sophisticated computational models and advances in graphical processing units are helping scientists understand the complex interplay between genomic data, virus structure and the formation of the virus’ outer “shell” — critical for replication.

  • Brandeis inventor patents anti-cholesterol formulaJune 13, 2013

    Senior Brandeis research scientist Daniel Perlman ’68 has discovered a way to make phytosterol molecules from plants dispersible in beverages and foods that are consumed by humans, potentially opening the way to dramatic reductions in human cholesterol levels.

  • Rodal explores ‘eye candy’ with Pew grantJune 13, 2013

    Assistant Professor of Biology Avital Rodal has been named a Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences. Rodal, who has been on faculty since 2010, studies neuronal systems and neurodegenerative diseases.

  • Educator examines quality of parental involvementJune 11, 2013

    Speaking at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education’s lunch seminar, Marci Borenstein, director of Brandeis' Office of High School Programs, shared frameworks and findings from an 18-month ethnographic study of immigrant parent involvement in two elementary schools in New York City

  • Eve Marder wins 2013 Gruber Neuroscience PrizeJune 10, 2013

    Eve Marder ’69, a pioneering researcher who has dedicated her career to understanding the nervous system’s basic functions, received the award for 'the best neuroscience being done anywhere' for her studies of a network of some 30 large neurons found in the gut of lobsters and crabs — a small yet elegant window into humans’ unfathomably rich nervous system.

  • Research council honors Hadassah-Brandeis InstituteJune 6, 2013

    The National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) has given its Research and Scholarship Award for 2013 to the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. The award recognizes recent outstanding research and the production of knowledge built on theoretical perspectives that advance understanding of the experiences of women and/or girls in society. The council also honored HBI founder Shulamit Reinharz.

  • Families and Work Institute to honor BarnettJune 3, 2013

    Rosalind Barnett of the Women's Studies Research Center has written well over 100 articles and is currently finishing her ninth book. Her work is particularly focused on how gender stereotypes affect women in every stage of life, from childhood to adulthood, from classrooms to boardrooms.

  • Rosbash, Hall and Young awarded Shaw PrizeMay 30, 2013

    Foundation cites the positive and profound impact of research into circadian rhythms by Brandeis biology professors Michael Rosbash and Jeffrey Hall and their colleague Michael Young of Rockefeller University. The $1 million prize will be awarded in Hong Kong in September.

  • Schuster Institute fellow launches new book on 'The Business of Baby'May 8, 2013
  • Marc Brettler elected to American Academy for Jewish ResearchMay 7, 2013
  • Photographer donates Israel then-and-now collectionMay 6, 2013

    Photographer Dan Tassel has been collecting and shooting photographs of the Middle East for decades, and recently donated some of what he's amassed to the Robert D. Farber Archives & Special Collections, in the hopes students can put them to use.

  • National Academy elects neuroscientist Turrigiano April 30, 2013

    Gina Turrigiano, a professor of biology whose pioneering research studies how neurons and circuits change during learning and development, was elected Tuesday to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the nation’s most prestigious scientific society.

  • Birren, Marder comment on neuroplasticity discoveryApril 25, 2013

    In the current issue of the journal, Science, Susan J. Birren, Professor of Biology and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Eve Marder, Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience and head of the Division of Sciences, co-author an invited commentary on a discovery suggesting that changes in the mixture of neurotransmitters released by neurons (nerve cells) can induce changes in behaviors.

  • Dead Sea Scrolls come alive at Brandeis April 23April 18, 2013

    Students and other members of the Brandeis community are invited to sample food from the era and learn about the scrolls, their political and social context and the science of artifacts from the ancient world. 5 p.m. Tuesday in Rapaporte Treasure Hall.

  • Gabbay Award goes to optogenetics researchersApril 18, 2013

    Three scientists will be honored for their contributions to the discovery and applications of optogenetics, a technology that allows scientists to control the brain’s activity by genetically engineering neurons to fire in response to light.

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