Chemistry

Chemistry

Identification of Connexin 50 (GJA8) Gene Mutations in Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia & Coloboma

Connexins are transmembrane proteins that form gap junctions and hemichannels and allow ions and small molecules to pass from one cell to another or from the cell into its environment, respectively. Since gap junctions are the main means of communication between adjacent cells, they are vital to the function of multicellular organisms.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to Chemists Who Developed Super-resolved Fluorescent Microscopy

On October 8th, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was jointly awarded to three chemists who developed super-resolved fluorescent microscopy. Dr. Eric Betzig of the Janelia Research Campus at Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Virginia, Dr. Stefan W. Hell of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and German Cancer Research Center, and Dr. William E. Moerner of Stanford University were jointly awarded the prize for their groundbreaking work in the field of microscopy done in the early 2000s.

Decoy Protein Inhibits Metastatic Cancer Progression

Researchers at Stanford have recently synthesized a "decoy receptor" that binds and inactivates a protein known to cause cancer. Axl receptor tyrosine kinase has been associated with the growth of metastatic cancer, which is cancer that has spread throughout the body and is not confined to one area. Axl promotes metastatic cancer by binding Gas-6 ligand; two Gas-6 ligands join two Axl receptors, which signal cancer cells to migrate to other parts of the body.[1] The discovery of the mechanism of Axl has allowed researchers to target both Axl and Gas-6 in therapeutic studies.

News

Professor Applies Lessons Learned from Autistic Sons to All Life

Former Affiliate Assistant Professor of Spanish Nicole (Hammerschmidt) Lasswell, BA '03, and her husband, Martin, have two sons, Will and Stevie, both of whom have autism. For World Autism Awareness Day, the family was interviewed on Telemundo; because the boys are thriving, it seemed particularly important to the Lasswells to share their story and their hope with others.

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Alumnae Unpack Dense Theological Concepts, Aim to Impact Culture

The first time Monica Ashour, MTS '95 MH '04, read St. John Paul II's "Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body" was in 2000 with a small, grassroots group of parents and teachers, including DeAnn (Barta) Stuart, Ph.D., BA '98 MH '04, and Annie (Duffin) Vining, MTh '03. This group went on to found The Theology of the Body Evangelization Team Inc. (TOBET) on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, 2001.

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University of Dallas Names New Vice President for Advancement

UD is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Wu Trujillo as its new vice president for university advancement. Trujillo currently serves as chief development officer and director of the Honor the Future campaign at the University of Virginia (UVA) Law School Foundation, which conducts alumni relations, external affairs, fundraising and endowment management for the benefit of the UVA School of Law. He begins his new role at the end of June.

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