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Posts From Katherine Zhou

How Anesthesia Affects the Brain

How Anesthesia Affects the Brain

Anesthesia is a critical component of any surgery, but its mechanism and effects remain largely unclear.

A Sorting Platform for Salmonella

A Sorting Platform for Salmonella

Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis, Jorge Galán, has discovered a sorting platform essential to the ability of Salmonella to infect target cells, a finding that has potential implications in the development of antimicrobial pharmaceutical compounds.

Building Lungs on Scaffolding

Building Lungs on Scaffolding

Breathing is so effortless that we often take it for granted. However, our lungs are actually very delicate tissues with limited regeneration capacity. Upon lung failure, the only way to replace the tissue is by transplantation, yet this procedure is

Recognizing the Self: Mechanisms of Schizophrenia

Recognizing the Self: Mechanisms of Schizophrenia

What if you heard voices when there was no one there? What if the reality around you slowly disintegrated? According to collaborative research between Judith M. Ford and Daniel H. Mathalon, Adjunct Professors of Psychiatry, dysfunction of a critical brain

Mosquito Olfaction: Controlling the Transmission of Malaria

Mosquito Olfaction: Controlling the Transmission of Malaria

Mosquitoes are notorious for their bite, and more importantly, for their role in spreading human disease. The species Anopheles gambiae is especially pernicious, as it is the most important vector of malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. A. gambiae finds humans primarily

Evolution of the Cerebral Cortex Makes Us Human

Evolution of the Cerebral Cortex Makes Us Human

One year past Darwin’s bicentennial, Yale has often been in the news for research on evolution. Down at the Yale School of Medicine, however, researchers are at the forefront of another type of evolutionary research: the evolution of the human

Everyday Q&A: What causes rigor mortis?

Everyday Q&A: What causes rigor mortis?

Rigor mortis, the stiffening of a body several hours after death, arises from a combination of two of the oldest definitions of death – cessation of the heartbeat and cessation of breathing.

Bacterial Kayaking

Bacterial Kayaking

Hür Köser, Associate Professor of Electrical Engi­neering, came across bacterial hydrodynamics when studying chemotaxis, or the way bacteria direct their motion in response to chemical signals.

Expanding the Genetic Code: Discovery of Two New Amino Acids

Expanding the Genetic Code: Discovery of Two New Amino Acids

In high school biology classes, we learn that there are 20 amino acids. But in the past two decades, researchers have discovered two addi­tional amino acids that are incorporated into natural genetic codes – selenocysteine (Sec) and pyrrolysine (Pyl).