This mysterious on-off switch holds clues to new cancer treatments

Within each of our cells, there’s an on-off switch that controls when cells divide and reproduce. The metaphorical finger that flips this switch is a protein called RAS. Under normal circumstances, RAS switches on to help our bodies repair wounds or replenish cells, to name a few of its functions. But sometimes, the switch gets […]
September 01, 2021

Student Profile: Margaret Cai, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering Major

Margaret Cai is a Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry Major. She is graduating in the Class of 2022. Why did you decide to study Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry at Northeastern? “I’ve always been very interested in biology and chemistry. When I was younger, I read books about diseases just because I found them fascinating. I chose […]
May 19, 2021

He studies how proteins change in reaction to drugs

John Engen is the James L. Waters chair in analytical chemistry and distinguished professor of chemistry and chemical biology in the College of Science. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University
April 28, 2021

These athletes pursue championships while on co-op

Megan Carter (left), a sophomore defenseman for the Northeastern women’s ice hockey team, and Sammy Shupe, senior setter for the women’s volleyball team, have been contending for championships while on co-op. Photos by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University
April 28, 2021

First-of-its-kind nanosensor could help diagnosis and treatment of neurological disease

Every movement in the human body—from lifting our arms to our beating hearts—is regulated in some way by signals from our brains. Until recently, scientists often tracked and understood that brain-body communication only after the fact, sort of like listening to a voicemail as opposed to being on a call. But researchers at Northeastern have […]
April 16, 2021

The Coronavirus Might Have Weak Spots. Machine Learning Could Help Find Them.

What makes SARS-CoV-2 so infectious? The answer is in its proteins. Mary Jo Ondrechen and Penny Beuning, professors of chemistry and chemical biology, are using machine learning to investigate these proteins and begin to understand how to slow the spread of the virus.
May 18, 2020