Institute for Computational Biomedicine -- Weill Cornell Medical College » wpadmin http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:03:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.19 STAT News interviews Chris Mason about his analysis of twin astronaut genomes http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/stat-news-interviews-chris-mason-about-his-analysis-of-twin-astronaut-genomes/ http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/stat-news-interviews-chris-mason-about-his-analysis-of-twin-astronaut-genomes/#comments Sat, 14 May 2016 23:08:03 +0000 http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/?p=3029 WATCH: What happened to astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA during his year in space

“I was a dorky kid,” Christopher Mason admits. “I went to Space Camp. I’d always been thinking about maybe being an astronaut.” But not long after Space Camp, Mason discovered something even more seductive: DNA. He decided he wanted to be a geneticist instead. Today, Mason is an associate professor in the Institute for Computational Biomedicine at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York. Yet that dorky kid at Space Camp still lurks within.
When Mason found out that NASA was planning a mission to study the DNA of astronauts, he leapt at the opportunity. Now he’s part of a team of scientists who are examining blood and other samples from astronaut Scott Kelly, who recently spent 340 days aboard the International Space Station. They’re looking at how life in space alters astronauts at a molecular level. They hope their discoveries can help protect astronauts on long-distance trips, such as the proposed mission to Mars.
Visit Mason’s lab to find out how an Earth-bound geneticist is getting to enjoy a connection to space: by studying astronaut DNA. Watch the “Science Happens!” episode:

https://www.statnews.com/2016/05/12/astronaut-scott-kelly-blood-science/

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Ekta Khurana was invited to join the Editorial Board of the journal Current Protocols in Bioinformatics http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/ekta-khurana-was-invited-to-join-the-editorial-board-of-the-journal-current-protocols-in-bioinformatics/ http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/ekta-khurana-was-invited-to-join-the-editorial-board-of-the-journal-current-protocols-in-bioinformatics/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:29:28 +0000 http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/?p=3008 Ekta Khurana was invited to join the very distinguished Editorial Board of the journal Current Protocols in Bioinformatics – a leading international publication in the field of Bioinformatics.

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Olga Boudker received the Michael and Kate Bárány Award 2016 from the Biophysical Society http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/olga-boudker-received-the-michael-and-kate-barany-award-2016-from-the-biophysical-society/ http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/olga-boudker-received-the-michael-and-kate-barany-award-2016-from-the-biophysical-society/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:19:30 +0000 http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/?p=3003 Olga Boudker received the Michael and Kate Bárány Award 2016 from the Biophysical Society. She was “honored for her dynamic research that has led to a deeper understanding of the structural, thermodynamic, and kinetic aspect of secondary active transport and critically contributed to our understanding of the sodium-coupled transport of amino acids and monoamines. The award is intended to recognize an outstanding contribution to biophysics“.

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Poster Award for Priyanka Dhingra http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/poster-award-for-priyanka-dhingra/ http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/poster-award-for-priyanka-dhingra/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2016 22:45:41 +0000 http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/?p=2992 Priyanka Dhingra, a postdoctoral associate in Ekta Khurana’s lab, received an award for her poster entitled, “Identifying Genetic and Epigenetic Alterations Causing Large Perturbations in the Prostate Cancer Regulatory Network”, at the Ninth Annual Prostate Cancer Program Retreat, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Dr. Ekta Khurana a featured speaker at the Pint of Science ‘Unraveling Human Disease in the Age of Big Data’ event http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/dr-ekta-khurana-a-featured-speaker-at-the-pint-of-science-unraveling-human-disease-in-the-age-of-big-data-event/ http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/dr-ekta-khurana-a-featured-speaker-at-the-pint-of-science-unraveling-human-disease-in-the-age-of-big-data-event/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 01:00:54 +0000 http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/?p=2908 As DNA sequencing is getting cheaper, it is becoming easier to sequence cancer genomes. An average cancer genome contains thousands of mutations, only a few of which drive its growth. How do we identify these drivers? Ekta’s lab is developing computational models to identify the mutations that have a functional impact on the cancer cell and lead to tumor growth and progression.

For event details click here.

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Dr. Christopher Mason Recognised by the Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/dr-christopher-mason-recognised-by-the-pershing-square-sohn-cancer-research-alliance/ http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/dr-christopher-mason-recognised-by-the-pershing-square-sohn-cancer-research-alliance/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:37:11 +0000 http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/?p=2899 Dr. Christopher Mason is recognised for the excellence of his work by the Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance and awarded a one-year grant.

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Dr. Christopher Mason Discusses Latest Space Mission http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/dr-christopher-mason-discusses-latest-space-mission/ http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/dr-christopher-mason-discusses-latest-space-mission/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 04:37:22 +0000 http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/?p=2888 Dr. Christopher Mason is interviewed on MSNBC’s Weekends With Alex Witt regarding the latest International Space Station mission. He elucidates the importance of using genetically identical twins to study the effects of prolonged exposure to zero-gravity conditions, what microbiological changes are expected amongst the entire crew, and even how a year in orbit can make one both “older and younger”.

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Ekta Khurana Joins As Assistant Professor http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/ekta-khurana-joins-as-assistant-professor/ http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/ekta-khurana-joins-as-assistant-professor/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:55:14 +0000 http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/?p=2276 Dr. Ekta Khurana joins the faculty as Assistant Professor of Computational Genomics.

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Chris Mason: The Brilliant Ten Of 2014 http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/the-icbs-chris-mason-declared-one-of-the-top-ten-scientists-of-2014-by-popular-science/ http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/the-icbs-chris-mason-declared-one-of-the-top-ten-scientists-of-2014-by-popular-science/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:00:48 +0000 http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/?p=2224 Dr. Christopher Mason is profiled in Popular Science as one of The Brilliant Ten of 2014, for his ongoing work in sequencing “the genes of everything from subway microbes to NASA astronauts to learn how the environment affects genetic code”.

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Chris Mason Named 2014 Vallee Young Investigator http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/hello-world/ http://cousteau.med.cornell.edu/icb/hello-world/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 19:35:28 +0000 http://www.mindcan.com/?p=1 Dr. Christopher Mason is named 2014 Vallee Young investigator by the Vallee Foundation for his work in elucidating the dynamic functional heterogeneity of Acute Myeloid Leukemia hematopoietic stem cells during chemotherapy.

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