News & Events
Prof. Adrienne Roeder Studies Link Between Plant Cell Division and Identity
April 4, 2012
Prof. Adrienne Roeder, plant biology, is new to Cornell. She is continuing her postdoctoral work researching the role of cell division in the development of plant tissues. Roeder works in both the Department of Plant Biology and the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology. More...
New method connects proteins with mutations that lead to genetic disease
January 18, 2012
For the first time, a new computational method allows researchers to identify which specific molecular mechanisms are altered by genetic mutations in proteins that lead to disease.And they can apply this method to any genetic disease. More...
Weill Institute researchers discover a new role for cells' master regulator
November 23, 2011
TORC1 is a master regulator in cells, playing a key role in such diverse processes as gene expression and protein synthesis. While previous studies have described the role that TORC1 plays in these processes, a new Cornell study has discovered yet another process where the molecule is a central player. More...
Graduate student in Mao Lab wins in Science's 'Dance Your Ph.D.' contest
October 20, 2011
FoSheng Hsu, a graduate student in the field of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology and member of Yuxin Mao's lab, has won $500 for the best dance in the chemistry category in Science's fourth annual "Dance Your Ph.D." contest, a competition that recognizes the best dance interpretations of scientific doctoral work. More...
2 New Joint Faculty Searches Announced
September 20, 2011
The Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology in conjunction with the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Microbiology is searching for tenure-track faculty members at the Assistant Professor level. More...
Registration now open for 2nd Weill Institute Symposium
August 1, 2011
We are thrilled to announce the second biennial Weill Institute Symposium, focused on Cell Signaling and Molecular Dynamics, which will be held all day on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. It is free and open to the entire Cornell community, and is sure to be a major event of the season. More…
Study discovers that cell membranes play a vital role in gene expression
May 23, 2011
Although all cells in an organism have the same DNA, cells function differently based on the genes they express. While most studies of gene expression focus on activities in the cell's nucleus, a new Cornell study finds that processes outside the nucleus -- along the membrane -- also play important roles in gene expression. More..
Emr lab member named 2011 Gates Cambridge scholar
March 17, 2011
Two Cornell undergraduates, Max Liu '11 and Allison Truhlar '11, and alumnus Ben Cole '10 have received 2011 Gates Cambridge scholarships, which support post-baccalaureate study in Cabridge University for students under age 30 from around the world. More..
Understanding Cell Polarity
March 2, 2011
Although it's widely known that many cells are polarized, the mechanisms by which this polarity is manifested is not very well understood. In research recently published in Developmental Cell, University researchers are beginning to elucidate the mechanisms. More..
Study reveals mechanisms of communication within cells
February 4, 2011
A unique bridging process may be behind a mystery of intracellular communication, according to new Cornell research published Feb. 4 in the journal Cell. Researchers at Cornell's Weill Institute for Cell and Molecuar Biology have uncovered how certain signaling molecules in the cell are regulated. More..
Research ID molecular links vital for cell growth
January 24, 2011
When a cell is preparing to grow or replicate, it starts the way a monarch planning to expand his territory might: by identifying and marshaling the necessary resources, loading them onto the appropriate vehicles, and transporting them to the front line. More..
Emr grad student receives GSA Yeast Meeting Poster Award
October 1, 2010
Andrew Manford, a graduate student in the Emr Lab, was recognized by the Genetics Society of America as one of four award receipients for his Yeast Meeting Poster from the Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology meeting, July 27-August 1, 2010 at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Each award winner received a cash award. More..
Weill Institute on track after two years of active research
September 15, 2010
Cornell's Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology is on track to becoming fully operational by 2013, says Director Scott Emr. The institute, made possible with a gift from Sanford '55 and Joan Weill, opened its labs and offices in 2008 in Weill Hall. The state-of-the-art building is part of Cornell's New Life Sciences Initiative to drive revolutionary advances in the life sceinces by integrating biology with the physical sciences, social sciences, chemistry, engineering and computer sceince. More..
Fleming fellow to study key DNA copying process
September 15, 2010
Francisco Bastos de Oliveira, a researcher at Cornell studying a novel cellular pathway during replication that may one day lead to better cancer drugs, was awarded the 2010 Sam and Nancy Fleming Research Fellowship from Cornell's Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology. More..
3 New Joint Faculty Searches Announced
August 27, 2010
The Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology in conjunction with the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and Plant Biology is searching for tenure-track faculty members at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. More..
Anthony Bretscher honored as AAAS fellow
December 17, 2009
Anthony Bretscher, Associate Director of the Weill Institute, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. Dr. Bretscher is among thirteen Conrell faculty named as AAAS fellows this year. Bretscher was granted this honor "for his important contributions to our understanding of the internal organization of eukaryotic cells." More..
With Fleming fellowship, researcher will study roots of Legionnaires' disease
October 6, 2009
Duane Hoch, a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell studying bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease, has received the 2009 Sam and Nancy Fleming Research Fellowship from Cornell's Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology. Hoch, who works in the laboratory of molecular medicine professor Ruth Collins, began the three-year fellowship Sept. 1. More..
Registration Opens for Weill Inaugural Symposium
August 1, 2009
The Weill Inaugural Symposium, entitled Cell Signaling and Molecular Dynamics, will be held October 13, 2009. The symposium will feature presentations by leading researchers from around the country. The symposium is open to all members of the Cornell community and will be a major life sciences event of the year. More..
Weill Institute publishes first newsletter
March 12, 2009
The Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology has published its first newsletter. This publication highlights the progress the institute has made in its first year and examines the impact the institute is making on Cornell University and the life science community. More..
Weill Institute announces first symposium
March 01, 2009
The Weill Institute announces its first symposium, scheduled for October 13, 2009. This symposium is titled "Cell Signaling and Molecular Dynamics." It is free and open to the entire Cornell community, and is sure to be a major event of the season. More..
Researchers uncover how protein receptors on cells switch on and off for growth and health
January, 16, 2009
Cornell researchers have provided new insight into the molecular mechanism underlying an essential cellular system. They have discovered how receptors on cell surfaces turn off signals from the cell's environment, a function that is vital for cell functions such as growth, division and death. More..
Researchers describe how cells take out the trash to prevent disease
October 31, 2008
Scott Emr, director of the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology at Cornell, and colleagues, describe in detail how cells recycle protein waste in two recent papers appearing in the journals Cell and Developmental Cell. More..
Weill Hall and institute dedicated in celebration of 'an icon for our future'
October 17, 2008
As performers in lab coats danced to "Weill Thing" in the three-story-high windows above them, Sanford I. Weill '55 and wife Joan unlocked the DNA-shaped gate to Weill Hall. The Oct. 16 dedication of the state-of-the-art building and the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology marked the conclusion of a day of festivities -- and the culmination of years of effort. More..
Emr elected associate member of elite European Molecular Biology Organization
October 16, 2008
Scott Emr, director of the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology and professor of molecular biology and genetics, has been elected an associate member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), an honor bestowed upon only a few Americans each year. More..
Cornell opens new science center
October 16, 2008
A new state-of-the-art science center is officially open on the Cornell University campus. It's a $162 million mecca of science. Weill Hall is a state-of-the-art life science institute designed to attract the best students and faculty in the world. Open labs without walls are one of the center's stand-out features. More..
Weill Hall (Dedication Ceremony, October 16, 2008)
October 15, 2008
Tomorrow, Cornell will hold the dedication ceremony for Weill Hall — the $162 million addition to the biology quad. At 265,000 square feet, with space for up to 500 researchers and a two-acre basement, the four-story, gleaming white building designed by architect Richard Meier ’57 is now one of the largest life science research facilities in the state, according to the University... More..
Weill Hall, life science research center for ideas and collaboration, is open for business
October 8, 2008
Completion of architect Richard Meier's life sciences building, Weill Hall -- which officially opens with a dedication ceremony Oct. 16 -- marks a giant leap toward advancing Cornell's leadership nationally and internationally in the genomics-led science revolution. More..
Fleming Research Fellowship Program
October 8, 2008
The Sam and Nancy Fleming Research Fellowship program has been established and endowed by a gift from the Flemings to the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology. This Fellowship will be awarded yearly and will support talented young researchers who are doing cutting-edge research in basic biomedical sciences and are planning careers in biological or medical research. More..
ASBMB Article on the Weill Institute
The Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology is featured by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in a cover story in the September 2008 issue of ASBMB Today. More..
Clean, white, open spaces and lots of light: Weill Hall opens for business
June 6, 2008
Walking into Weill Hall, you can't help but notice its open spaces, stark whiteness and flowing light throughout. With great expectations, the $162 million, 263,000-square-foot building, designed by architect Richard Meier '56, B.Arch. '57, will open officially in October, though key residents are starting to move into offices and laboratories this month. More...
Cell and Molecular Biologists Drive Advances in Human Health
June 2, 2008
Scott Emr “shares the dream” for excellence at the new Joan and Sanford I. Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology in Ithaca. More...
Weill Institute announces four new hires
May 15, 2008
The Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology -- a cornerstone of Cornell's plan to restructure the life sciences -- has exceeded expectations for its first year by hiring four outstanding young researchers, according to the institute's director, Scott Emr.
Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology benefits from $25 million gift from the Weills
June 13, 2007
The Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology will receive $25 million out of the $300 million gift from Joan and Sanford Weill to Weill Cornell Medical College and to Cornell's Ithaca campus, and the institute will be named for them.
The Joan and Sanford I. Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology (ICMB) -- a cornerstone of the university's plan to restructure the life sciences to keep up with advances in genomics -- is intended to be a world-class institution that will raise the stature of cell biology on campus and provide opportunities for continued research synergies with the medical college in Manhattan.
Cornell professors Scott Emr and Richard Durrett elected to National Academy of Sciences
June 9, 2007
Scott Emr, director of Cornell's Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, and Richard Durrett, Cornell professor of mathematics, have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
The two are among 90 new members and foreign associates recognized for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to the academy, a private organization dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare, is considered one of the highest honors for a U.S. scientist or engineer.
Scott Emr leads the new Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology
Nancy and Peter Meinig and family donate $25 million to support innovative Cornell research in the life sciences
May 26, 2007
Scott Emr leads the Cornell Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology
Bretscher named associate director of new Cornell Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology
Jan. 10, 2007
Anthony Bretscher, Cornell professor of molecular biology and genetics, has been named associate director of the newly formed Cornell Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology (CICMB).
The institute will have a permanent home in the Life Sciences Technology Building, scheduled to open in early 2008. The recently named director of the new institute, Scott Emr, currently a University of California-San Diego School of Medicine professor of cellular and molecular medicine, is expected to start at Cornell this spring.
Scott Emr to lead biology institute at Cornell
May 24, 2006
Scott Emr approaches science first by asking a basic question. Then comes the hard work of finding an answer. A highly respected biologist who has been hired as the Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of '56 endowed director of a new Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology -- the cornerstone of the $650 million New Life Sciences Initiative -- Emr has used this scientific method to uncover the molecular details of essential processes that occur in all cells. Emr (pronounced Emmer), currently a University of California-San Diego School of Medicine professor of cellular and molecular medicine and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will begin his Cornell appointment in February 2007.
A major hire to advance and extend life sciences at Cornell
May 24, 2006
Cornell hires world-class cell biologist, Scott Emr, as director of the university's Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology
May 23, 2006