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Genes on the Move Help Nose Make Sense of Scents

From the lab of Stavros Lomvardas, PhD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

A section of the olfactory epithelium. Cells that express a single specific olfactory receptor gene (Olfr17) are in green and DNA, which labels the nucleus of every cells, is blue. Because of the random choice, cells expressing Olfr17 are scattered throughout the tissue (Credit: Kevin Monahan & Adan Horta/Lomvardas lab/Columbia's Zuckerman Institute).

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Disease October 10, 2018

Columbia Scientist Awarded $7.8M to Identify New Targets Against Brain Disease

By determining the molecular signatures of Alzheimer’s, CTE and other conditions, Anthony Fitzpatrick and his research team to pave way for treatments that target hallmarks of neurodegenerative disease.

The Senses September 17, 2018

Activity Speeds Recovery After Brain Injury in Mice

Columbia research in mice finds unexpected resilience in the brain; findings could inform future treatment approaches for patients recuperating from stroke or other brain trauma.

Learning & Memory September 4, 2018

Teenage Brains: Wired to Learn

As millions of teens head back to the classroom, discover what the latest research into the adolescent brain reveals about how teens learn and interact with their environment.

Growth & Development August 27, 2018

How Do Fruit Flies Grow Legs? Solving a Molecular Mystery

Columbia study helps settle long-standing scientific debate about how embryos develop, offers clues for diseases like cancer, in which normal development patterns go awry.

Decision Making August 16, 2018

How People Use, and Lose, Preexisting Biases to Make Decisions

New Columbia research shows that the human brain employs precise, mathematical logic to decision-making, revealing new insight into the brain science that guides learning.

The Senses July 11, 2018

New Study Reveals Brain Mechanisms for Distinguishing Self from Other

Columbia research identifies neural-circuit activity in electric fish that could explain how humans subtract out signals generated by our own bodies; could inform studies of sensory disorders such as tinnitus.

The Senses May 30, 2018

Scientists Switch Off Pleasure from Food in Brains of Mice

Columbia study shows that altering activity in brain’s emotion center can eliminate the natural craving for sweet; findings could inform treatments for eating disorders.

The Senses May 24, 2018

Carol Mason Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Academy recognizes decades of work to map complex pathways that connect the eye to the brain; research that could inform treatments of developmental and vision disorders.

The Senses May 1, 2018

How Two Brains Agree on Smells

Columbia researchers develop mathematical model that proposes new and critical role for neurons in the brain’s smell center.

Computation April 5, 2018

Columbia Scientists Build Better Way to Decode the Genome

New computer algorithm deciphers DNA’s most well-kept secrets; may help find the links between genes and disease.