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A tryst with the sky for a peek into the sea

by HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellow Anupam Sengupta

Anupam Sengupta, a 2014 HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellow, recounts how he was able to test the effects of gravity on phytoplankton migration when he was selected to participate in an expedition on a parabolic flight at 8000m above sea level. Anupam Sengupta is an HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellow researching at the broad interface of fluid dynamics, marine biology, material sciences and theoretical ecology. He is a mechanical engineering graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and...

Greasing up ferroptotic cell death

By HFSP Program Grant alumnus Marcus Conrad

Ferroptosis is a novel, yet only partly understood, type of regulated necrotic cell death that may underlie some forms of degenerative diseases including neurodegeneration but that could also be harnessed to treat certain cancers. Oxidation of lipids in cellular membranes has been considered to be a central process in ferroptosis, yet the nature and source of lipid peroxidation has remained enigmatic. Two recent complementary studies from a 2014 HFSP Program Grant team, led by Marcus Conrad,...