Study finds ‘Achilles heel’ of Crohn’s-linked bacteria

The discovery of an “Achilles heel” in a type of gut bacteria that causes intestinal inflammation in patients with Crohn’s disease may lead to more targeted therapies for the difficult-to-treat disease, researchers have found.

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Fungi in the gut prime immunity against infection

Common fungi, often present in the gut, teach the immune system how to respond to their more dangerous relatives, according to new research from scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine. A study, published Feb. 5 in Cell, reveals a new twist in the complex relationship between humans and their associated microbes, and points the way toward novel therapies that could help combat a rising tide of drug-resistant pathogens.

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Gene critical to immune cell development identified

Much of the three-dimensional architecture of the genome in antibody-producing immune cells is dependent on a gene called SMC3. When this gene is not working properly it can lead to improper immune cell development and to cancer, by disrupting how DNA is structured inside the cell nucleus, according to a team of researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Multiple Tenure-track Immunology Faculty Positions Available

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Center for Immunology at Cornell University invite applications from scientists focused on Molecular or Cellular Immunology for multiple tenure-track positions at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor levels. We are seeking outstanding investigators who use innovative approaches to study innate or adaptive immunity, including but not limited to host-microbe interactions, mucosal immunity, tumor immunology, neuro-immunology, autoimmunity and vaccines.  Candidates with interests in high-dimensional genomic and imaging approaches are particularly encouraged to apply.

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Discovery needs diversity: Black in Immunology Week drives awareness on inclusion within the field

As events ignited mainstream awareness and urgency around systemic racism and inequalities, the scientific community has rallied to address systemic bias. Black in Immuno, a movement started by six early-career Black scientists, is mobilizing scientific communities to support Black immunologists.

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NIH extends funding of research into deadly Nipah virus

A Cornell researcher is studying Nipah virus in an effort to understand the basic mechanisms of transmission and infection, which are necessary steps toward vaccine development and other therapies.

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Dr. Virginia Pascual Leads Grant to Study Immune Responses in Children with COVID-19 and Receives Prestigious ACR Award

Dr. Virginia Pascual, the Drukier Director of the Gale and Ira Drukier Institute for Children’s Health at Weill Cornell Medicine, has been awarded a grant supplement from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to lead a multi-institutional effort studying differences in immune responses in children infected with SARS-CoV-2.

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T-Cells from Recovered COVID-19 Patients Show Promise to Protect Vulnerable Patients from Infection

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Engineered bacteria churn out cancer biomarkers

Researchers successfully engineered E. coli bacteria to produce O-linked glycoproteins – research that will illuminate the complex process of glycosylation and th role that protein-linked glycans play in health and disease.

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Taste buds may play role in fostering obesity in offspring

Cornell food scientists show in animal studies that a mother’s high-fat diet may lead to more sweet-taste receptors in taste buds resulting in poor feeding behavior, obesity in adulthood.
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