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UCSF iGEM Team Wins 2 Awards and Takes Home Gold!

September 28, 2015

At the International iGEM Jamboree in Boston held this past weekend, the UCSF iGEM team -- which has been researching in Center labs for the past 4 months -- presented their work to an worldwide audience and were honored with multiple awards!

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Zev Gartner named as one of Popular Science's "Brilliant 10"

September 23, 2015

Center Investigator Zev Gartner was honored today to be selected as one of Popular Science's "Brilliant 10", which names the 10 brightest and most innovative minds of the year. 

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Gartner Lab "Building Human Tissue, Cell by Cell"

September 23, 2015

In today's UCSF News, a feature article showcases Center Investigator Zev Gartner's novel approach to studying how tissues are formed and how their cells interact. Click below to watch the corresponding video!

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"Remote Control" of Therapeutic T Cells

September 23, 2015

Work published today in Science from Center Director Wendell Lim's lab by Chia-Yung Wu et al details ON-switch CAR T-cells -- immune cells which have been reprogrammed to attack cancer cells in a controllable way. 

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Center Fellow Shows Off Light-Controlled Stem Cells

August 26, 2015

Center Systems Biology Fellow Matt Thomson published work today in Cell Systems showing optogenetic control of stem cells to control differentiation into neuronal subtypes.


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KQED takes a "Deep Look" at Center's Kilobot Swarm

July 21, 2015

Our local public media network, KQED, came to the Center to film our Kilobots with high-definition cameras, examining how these robots can be used to investigate biological behaviors. Click here to read about our 'bots and see the video!


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iGEM team takes on issues of science communication

July 1, 2015

Our iGEM research team, in addition to their lab project over the summer, has been working on an outreach project focused on improving science communication. Part of this effort is to create a video blog series dealing with these issues.

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Systems Biology Fellow David Soloveichik takes faculty position at UT Austin

June 30, 2015

Our Systems Biology Fellow David Soloveichik is leaving us to take a faculty position at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, which he starts in August.

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Summer iGEM Program off to a great start!

June 12, 2015

This week we've had the pleasure of welcoming our summer iGEM students -- 5 recently graduated high school students and 5 undergraduates from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University -- who will work together as a team in a Center lab on a synthetic biology project.

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Is a PhD for Me? Helping students pave the path to grad school

April 12, 2015

In its third annual appearance, the Center helped to organize and lead this year's "Is a PhD for Me?" Symposium with Synberc on UC Berkeley Campus.

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Teachers get hands-on genomics experience at Center workshop

March 27, 2015

For this whole week -- March 23-27 -- the Center partnered with Cold Spring Harbor's DNA Learning Center to host a workshop on "Genomic Approaches in Biosciences" for secondary and post-secondary educators.

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Kilobots at the Cal Academy!

March 26, 2015

As part of the California Academy of Science's Nightlife event "Robots", the Center took our swarm of Kilobots to show off biologically inspired robots.

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Encouraging Young Scientists in Local Science Fairs

March 25, 2015

Every Spring, middle and high schoolers across the Bay Area gear up for their regional science fairs. Scientists from the Center traveled to two local science fairs to help judge and select outstanding students for awards.

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Bay Area undergrads - Join the UCSF iGEM Team!

March 4, 2015

We've opened up spots on our summer undergraduate iGEM team to any local students! Please visit igem.ucsf.edu for more information and to apply! Applications due March 31.

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A Hardwired HIV Latency Program

February 26, 2015

In dual papers in the current issue of Cell, researchers in the lab of Center Investigator Leor Weinberger demonstrate that the establishment of HIV latency operates autonomously from cell state transitions in infected cells. 

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March Monthly Meeting - "Ubiquitin"

March 2, 2015

Join us for our next Systems and Synthetic Biology monthly meeting on the theme of Ubiquitin, hosted by Center Deputy Director Nevan Krogan, on March 2nd, 10am-noon in Genentech Hall room S201. Speakers and details listed below!

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