Brianna Bibel


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

If you’re asked to figure out how something works, one of your first instincts is probably to look at it. You may want to take apart its various pieces, look at them individually, and put them back together again. This is the same basic premise behind my research figuring out how cellular machinery uses microRNA to tightly control gene expression to allow cells to grow and develop without becoming cancerous. Unlike the toys you may have taken apart as a child, however, the molecules I study are much too small to be seen with the naked eye (or even a traditional microscope), so I need to use a variety of scientific techniques and equipment to help me “see” and manipulate them.

Scientific curiosity is a strong driver for me, but it isn’t the only thing I love about my work; science and humanities are often depicted as contradictory, but my studies inside the lab have changed my view of the world outside.

In a world often tainted by chaos and ugliness, I appreciate that structural biology allows me to uncover the ordered beauty hiding within all living things. I hope to share this beauty with others, and am therefore pursuing a PhD at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) in New York, where I also serve as Social Media Chair for CSHL’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) group.

Brianna has authored 5 articles

Meet Hypatia, the ancient mathematician who helped preserve seminal texts Read now →

Her dramatic death often overshadows her epic life, but it shouldn't

How inbred dogs help us learn about human diseases Read now →

Dogs are helping scientists figure out why our copper storage systems can go haywire

Why science education for seniors is a boon for them – and for everyone else Read now →

Scientific literacy for the elderly has a host of societal benefits

Scientists are mapping the genetic tool fancied a 'fountain of youth' Read now →

Telomerase protects our genetic information as cells copy DNA. It's stymied scientists for decades

Could a future cure for migraines come from a chance discovery in the past? Read now →

There may soon be an FDA-approved treatment for the intractable condition

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Could a virus with a sweet tooth become a weapon against cancer? Read now →

Researchers harnessed a virus' natural behavior to attack tumors

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Coal ash contains lead, arsenic, and mercury – and it's mostly unregulated Read now →

Can science find solutions where policy lags before the damage deepens?

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What ancient salt can tell us about life on Earth Read now →

Scientists are finding more evidence about how our planet gained oxygen

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