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Researchers Study Marine Ecological Changes at Easter Island

In the waters of Easter Island:

Late last year, professor Jon Witman and doctoral student Robert Lamb, both of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department, spent three weeks studying coral and other marine life in the waters around Easter Island, part of a research project led by Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Chile. Unlike most of the world, the coral around Easter Island appears to be increasing.

PhD Student Starts Girls Coding Club

Gryte Satas, a PhD candidate in Computer Science, has started the first “Girls Who Code” club in Rhode Island for female students grades 6-12. The club is designed to provide young women with computer science and programming skills, as well as opportunities to learn about everything from cryptography to artificial intelligence to developing mobile applications. Learn more.

New Research Unlocks a Mystery of Albinism

Precise patch:

A team of Brown University biologists, including doctoral student Nicholas Bellono, has discovered the way in which a specific genetic mutation appears to lead to the lack of melanin production underlying a form of albinism.

Algorithm Identifies Networks of Genetic Changes Across Cancers

Big Data and genetic complexity:

Using a computer algorithm that can sift through mounds of genetic data, researchers from Brown have identified several networks of genes that, when hit by a mutation, could play a role in the development of multiple types of cancer. The research team includes doctoral students Hsin-Ta Wu and Alexandra Papoutsaki and master’s student Jonathan Eldridge, all in Computer Science, as well as associate professor of Computer Science, Ben Raphael.

Molecular Decoys Help Overcome Drug Resistance

An effective decoy:

Efflux pumps are surface proteins that prevent antimicrobial drugs from getting a foothold in a bacterial cell by identifying and pumping them out of the cell. New research by doctoral Chemistry student Corey Compton and associate professor of chemistry Jason Sello, suggest that small pieces of those drugs could keep the efflux pumps busy and allow the antimicrobial drugs to reach a critical mass inside the cell.