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Research Accomplishments

New Clues to Altered Brain Wiring in Autism
Scientists have discovered that mutations in one of the genes that helps regulate growth in the developing brain affect the assembly of connections between two brain areas important for the processing of social cues: the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with complex cognitive processes such as moderating social behavior, and the amygdala, which plays a role in emotional processing.

Scientists Uncover New Facets of Zika-Related Birth Defects to Help Develop Treatment
In a study that could one day help eliminate the tragic birth defects caused by Zika virus, scientists have elucidated how the virus attacks the brains of newborns, information that could accelerate the development of treatments.

Chemists Report Foundational New Chemical Reaction
Chemists have developed a new type of chemical reaction that makes it easier to construct certain types of drug molecules and other chemical products.

Study Suggests Disordered Protein 'Shape Shifts' to Avoid Crowding
Scientists have brought physics and biology together to further understand how cells’ crowded surfaces induce complex protein behavior. Their findings suggest that a disordered protein, called alpha-synuclein, partially escapes from the cell membrane when it runs out of space.

Team Finds Potential Drug Candidates that Could Intervene in Deadly Diseases
In the study, scientists identified drug candidates that can boost a cell’s ability to catch the “typos” in protein production that can cause a deadly disease called amyloidosis.

Professional Accomplishments & Program News

Graduate Symposium Engages and Inspires
Cool mountain rains didn’t dampen spirits at this year’s Graduate Student Symposium, held October 23 to 25 at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead, California.

TSRI Welcomes 2016 Class of Graduate Students
With great enthusiasm, bold ambitions and a passion to make a difference in the world, 45 new graduate students recently arrived on the California and Florida campuses of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) to begin a rigorous journey toward earning a doctoral degree in the chemical and biological sciences.

Yiyang See and Marcus Farmer Receive BMS Fellowships
Yiyang See and Marcus Farmer, fourth-year TSRI graduate students, have received 2016-2017 Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowships in Synthetic Organic Chemistry.

George Campbell Receives Dorris Neuroscience Travel Award
George Campbell of the Encalada lab has received the 2016 Helen Dorris Graduate Student Travel Award, given to a senior graduate student ready to present project findings just prior to his or her PhD defense.

Yanqiao Chen, Benjamin Huffman, Colby Sandate Win NSF Graduate Fellowships
The first-year TSRI graduate students were awarded 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) grants, supporting outstanding students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.