Cellular & Molecular Biology

  • Robert Malenka’s early research on the molecular mechanisms underlying memory and learning has led to an understanding of their role in psychiatric disorders including addiction, depression and autism spectrum disorder.

  • Targeting enzyme that fuels cancer cells

    Stanford Medicine researchers have created a molecule that blocks an enzyme thought to be instrumental in causing colon cancer relapse or chemotherapy resistance.

  • Compound may help treat heart failure

    In preliminary tests, SAMβA (pronounced “samba”) appears to improve heart functions in rats with heart failure caused by a heart attack.

  • Possible zinc strategy for diabetes

    To treat diabetes directly, rather than manage its symptoms, doctors need a way to get drugs to cells that produce insulin. The key, Stanford researchers report, may be those cells’ affinity for zinc.

  • Cell death via trigger waves

    In a cell, death is akin to falling dominoes: One death-inducing molecule activates another, and so on, until the entire cell is shut down, a new Stanford study finds.

  • New test for measuring aldehydes

    Fanconi anemia is a rare but deadly disease thought to be the result of aldehyde-induced DNA damage. Now, Stanford researchers are developing a test that could help kids with the disease and millions more with related conditions.

  • Stress hormone timing controls weight gain

    A circadian code controls the switch that produces fat cells, according to a new study by Stanford researchers.

  • Biomolecule lab opens

    The Macromolecular Structure Knowledge Center can help researchers who lack equipment for testing hundreds of different crystallization conditions or expertise in working with challenging molecules.