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Jeffrey Kieft was recently mentioned in articles by The Guardian and also Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News. The Guardian, GEN.
Jeffrey Kieft's Laboratory recently published this research in nature,
James DeGregori received CO-Pilot Independent Faculty Awards from the CCTSI. "Analyzing changes in human hematopoietic mutational landscapes with age."
Recent publication accepted in Nature by Jeffrey Kieft and lab. Read the paper here.
Robert Sclafani was recently named scientist of the week by Laboratory Equipment. See more here.
James Sikela's research was recently featured in this press release from Nature, "Gibbon genome and the fast karyotype evolution of small apes." See more here.
Jeffrey Kieft's research was recently highlighted in the HHMI bulletin. See more here.
James Sikela's research was recently highlighted in the new issue of GENETICS.
Elan Eisenmesser was recently awarded a new R01 "Combining chemical shift-based and experimental approaches to study enzyme dynamics"
Rui Zhao was recently awarded two new grants: a R21 and Alex's Lemonade Stand
James Sikela was recently awarded a new grant from the Simons Foundation "DUF1220 CON1 dosage effects in Autism Spectrum Disorder"
Elan Eisenmesser was recently selected as one of this year's Graduate School Dean's Mentoring Award recipients. This award was created by the Graduate School to recognize and honor excellence in mentoring by the graduate faculty.
Jeffrey Kieft and lab published two recent papers that may help scientists develop treatment or vaccines for Dengue fever, West Nile virus, Yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and other disease-causing flaviviruses. See these papers on these enclosed links in addition to the recent UCD press release Link 1 Link 2 Link 3
Mark Johnston was recently featured in the GSA Reporter "Conversations with the Editors of GSA Journals" More
James DeGregori was recently awarded a grant from the Linda Crnic Institute "Study increase in leukemia incidence and other problems with blood cell production, including reduced immunity" More
Aaron Johnson was recently awarded a grant from the Linda Crnic Institute "Reconstitute chromosome 21 in the test tube to understand how it can be turned off by an RNA molecule" More
James Sikela's autism research was featured on Fox 31 news as well as the CU Newsroom and
Link 1 Link 2 Link 3

Scientists from the University of Colorado School of Medicine who sequenced the genome of the Burmese python have discovered large numbers of rapidly evolved genes in snakes. More

The Burmese python genome reveals the molecular basis for extreme adaptation in snakes. PNAS 1314475110
The king cobra genome reveals dynamic gene evolution and adaptation in the snake venom system. PNAS 1314702110

Related write-ups:
New Scientist ("Snakes outpacing other vertebrates in race to evolve"), ScienceNow ("How Snakes Got Their Extreme Makeovers"), Agence France-Presse ("Genome reveals secrets to Burmese python's big appetite"; also picked up by globalpost), ScienceDaily ("Secrets to 'Extreme Adaptation' Found in Burmese Python Genome"), LiveScience ("Python's Extreme Eating Abilities Explained"), DailyNews ("Secrets to ‘Extreme Adaptation’ Found in Burmese Python Genome"), Denver News ("Burmese python genome reveals extreme adaptation")

Kirk Hansen was recently awarded a DOD Idea Award "Define Tumor-Suppressive Signatures and How They Change upon Loss of Tumor Dormancy"
Rui Zhao was recently awarded a STTR and BDEG grant along with Heide Ford in Pharmacology
The American Peptide Society has awarded Robert S. Hodges (University of Colorado - Denver) the Murray Goodman Scientific Excellence & Mentorship Award endowed by Zelda Goodman. The Goodman Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated career-long research excellence in the field of peptide science. In addition, the selected individual should have been responsible for significant mentorship and training of students, post-doctoral fellows, and/or other co-workers. More
James DeGregori, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, will use mouse models to ask whether the increase in leukemias associated with Down syndrome is actually caused by stem cell defects. The study could indicate ways to improve blood cell function and prevent leukemias in people with Down syndrome. More
David Bentley was recently awarded an NIH grant "Mis-regulation of mRNA poly (A) site selection in cancer cells (PQ11)".
Aaron Johnson was featured in the 5.1.13 newsletter from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.  Dr. Aaron Johnson received his PhD from Rockefeller University and is presently Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at UC Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. His work focuses on the formation and regulation of chromatin domains and their ultimate roles in the nucleus. More
Jay Hesselberth was recently awarded a four-year grant from the American Cancer Society, “Mechanisms governing deoxyuridine content in DNA”.
Research led by Jeffrey Kieft reveals new hepatitis C secrets that could lead to treatment. Continued.... ​
The Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) recently awarded Rui Zhao the Team Science Award.
James Sikela was recently awarded a 2012 Butcher Seed Grant. Continued...
Mark Johnston has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Continued...
With the help of three new grants, James DeGregori hopes to add ammunition to the fight against cancer. Continued...
Jay R. Hesselberth is one of five scientists with novel approaches to fighting cancer who are 2012 recipients of the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award.