Yeshiva University’s Dr. Neer Asherie Awarded $300K NSF Grant To Study Proteins With Undergraduates

Dr. Neer Asherie, assistant professor of physics and biology at Yeshiva University (YU), was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study protein phase behavior. The title of the grant, which will begin on September 1, 2009 and continue over three years, is “Understanding the Self-Assembly of Globular Proteins: Phase Behavior, Interactions, and Chirality.”

Women of All Ages Will Be Able to Study in Teaneck Beit Midrash Summer Program

Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future will sponsor the Teaneck Beit Midrash Summer Program for Women, the first program of its kind at Yeshiva University designed to provide women of all ages with the knowledge and tools to become both Judaic scholars and role models for the Orthodox community. The program will take place at Maayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls from July 2-26.

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh to Share $2.8 Million NIH Grant for Tuberculosis Study

A third of the world’s people are infected with tuberculosis, and someone new is infected every second. TB is notoriously hard to treat, requiring a course of multiple antibiotics over six to nine months. Many people don’t complete the full course of treatment, which leads to increasing antibiotic resistance against the disease.

Study by Einstein Researchers Could Lead to a Novel Strategy for Controlling Appetite and Treating Obesity

BRONX, NY — In their latest finding on the brain’s role in controlling appetite and weight, researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have shown that reducing levels of fatty acids in the hypothalamus causes rats to overeat and become obese. Their results suggest that restoring fatty-acid levels in the brain may be a promising way to treat obesity. The study, published in the January 15th on-line edition of Nature Neuroscience, was led by Dr. Luciano Rossetti, director of the Diabetes Research Center at Einstein. (The paper will appear in print in the February issue.)