Department of Biology

Congratulations to Amulya Marellapudi for winning the 2021 Department of Biology Award given in honor of Darrell Stokes.

Congratulations to Wajd Alaidrous and Daniela Farchi for earning the 2021 Biology Undergraduate Research Award in honor of Pat Marsteller.

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Congratulations to Arri Eisen for presenting his book, 'Enlightened Gene', to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

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Read Biology's Statement supporting inclusivity in our community


Biology major Ahmed Aljohani is Emory’s 21st student to be selected for the Rhodes Scholarship, which provides for study at the University of Oxford in England. Scholars are chosen based on outstanding intellect, character, leadership and service.  Congratulations!  Read about Ahmed here.

Emory Biology recently hosted a special seminar sponsored by the Hightower Fund and given virtually by Dr. Melissa Moore, who is the Chief Scientific Officer for Platform Research at Moderna.  The title of her talk was A timely confluence: The backstory of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.  About 175 people attended the talk, and 35-40 students met with Dr. Moore by Zoom for a special student session.  In this session, she touched upon two aspects, one was focused on her career journey and the other was focused on how the vaccine compares to other mRNA vaccines, the development process, and the challenges of it.

Congratulations to Sam Sober whose work in the areas of mentorship and collaboration has earned him the 2021 Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship. Nominations are accepted only from current and former trainees who personally attest to the guidance and support they’ve received.  Read more in the Emory News story here.

Congratulations to Sam Sober for being named a Winship Distinguished Professor of Biology in Emory College of Arts and Sciences on Sept. 1.

Congratulations to Jaap de Roode for being named a Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor in Emory College of Arts and Sciences on Sept. 1.

Emory College Professor of Practice Emerita Pat Marsteller received the team William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science for her outstanding collaborative work in advancing social justice in STEM learning.  Read more here.

Emory provost and biomedical scientist Ravi Bellamkonda has received the National Institutes of Health Director's Transformative Research Award for his work using electrical fields to treat a particularly aggressive pediatric cancer.  Read here.

Congratulations to Ilya Nemenman who has been named a Simons Investigator in Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

Sam Sober and his postdoc, Bryce Chung, have worked with electrical engineers at Georgia Tech to create electrode array technology.  "Our device will be the first to let researchers and clinicians record high-resolution electrical activity simultaneously from the large number of muscles controlling a complex behavior,” Sober says.  Read more here.

Biology's Bruce Levin (Samuel C. Dobbs Professor) works with David Weiss, who leads a team that has received a five-year $11 million grant from NIAID to investigate a stealthy form of antibiotic resistance.  Read more here.

Biology Distinguished Rhodes Lecture by Dr. Neil Shubin on April 22 can be viewed here:

Congratulations to Daniel Weissman! He specializes in building mathematical models to better understand the rapid evolution of pathogens and has been named a Sloan Research Fellow. The prestigious fellowship honors the most promising researchers working today.  Dr. Weissman is an Associated Faculty member in Biology, with his appointment in Emory Department of Physics.  Read more here.

We have a great way for students to learn all about cancer biology, cancer research and oncology.  Earn a Master’s Degree in Cancer Biology and Translational Oncology.  Emory offers a 4+1 program in Cancer Biology and Translational Oncology (CBTO).  Learn more here.

Undergraduate students are welcome to schedule personal meetings with our Biology Department Academic Coordinator or our Department Administrator.

To schedule a meeting with the Biology Academic Coordinator, Barbara Shannon:

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Fall 2021 Biology Seminar Series

The seminars & Science Cafe talks will be a mix of virtual through Zoom and in person in Room 1052 for Fall 2021 on Thursdays at 11:00 am EST.

If you are outside the Biology Department, please send an email to request the Zoom link for talks to

Thursday, August 26 @ 11 a.m. (ALL VIRTUAL)
Ania Majewska,
Postdoctoral Fellow, de Roode lab
Emory Biology
Title: Examining disease risk in monarchs across scales


Krishna Pusuluri, Postdoctoral Fellow, Prinz lab
Emory Biology
Title: Symbolic methods for emergent network dynamics in a swim central pattern generator

Thursday, September 2 @ 11 a.m. (in person, Room 1052, RRC)
Ilya Nemenman, Emory Biology and Physics
Title: Emergent dynamics in high throughout data

Thursday, September 9 @ 11 a.m.
Nicole Gerardo, Emory Biology
Title: Across the divide: studying questions of both basic and applied importance using a bug-bacteria symbiosis
Thursday, September 16 @ 11 a.m.
Anita Corbett, Emory Biology
Title: Links between RNA Processing and Human Disease

Thursday, September 23 @ 11 a.m. (ALL VIRTUAL)
Melissa Moore, Moderna
Chief Scientific Officer, Platform Research
Title: A timely confluence: The backstory of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine
Host: Anita Corbett
Sponsored by the Hightower Fund

Thursday, September 30 @ 11 a.m. (in person, Room 1052, RRC)
Daniela Drummond-Barbosa, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins University
Title: Control of the Drosophila germline stem cell lineage by diet, temperature, and whole-body physiology
Host: Bill Kelly

Thursday, October 7 @ 11 a.m. (in person, Room 1052, RRC)
Yana Bromberg, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Rutgers University
Title: Learning DNA-ish: Understanding the language of molecular functionality encoded in the genome and the metagenome
Host: Anita Corbett

Thursday, October 14 @ 11 a.m. (in person, Room 1052, RRC)
Vaughn Cooper, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine
Title: The genetics of eco-evolutionary interactions in bacteria colonizing surfaces or causing infections
Host: Biology graduate students

Thursday, October 21 @ 11 a.m. (ALL VIRTUAL)
Darío Jesús Lupiáñez García, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association Berlin-Mitte (BIMSB)
Title: Reorganization of 3D regulatory landscapes in disease and evolution
Host: Dave Gorkin

Thursday, October 28 @ 11 a.m. (in person, Room 1052, RRC)
Andreas Mayer, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University
Title: Collective computation and regulation in the immune system
Host: Ilya Nemenman

Thursday, November 4 @ 11 a.m.
Jasmine Miller-Kleinhenz, FIRST Fellow, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health
Title: A Thin Red Line: the impact of structural racism on the epigenome and health disparities
Host: Anita Corbett

Thursday, November 11 @ 11 a.m. (ALL VIRTUAL)
Robin Allshire, Department of Chromosome Biology, University of Edinburgh
Title: Epigenetic regulation, heterochromatin and anti-fungal resistance
Host: Jitendra Thakur

Thursday, November 18 @ 11 a.m.
Aniruddha Belsare,
Academic Associate Research Scientist, Civitello lab
Emory Biology
Title: Agents of change: Individual-based models to investigate complex zoonotic disease systems


Jennifer Hayward, Postdoctoral Fellow, Corbett lab
Emory Biology
Title: Evaluating the STEM Educational Environment, Process, and Programming

Thursday, December 2 @ 11 a.m. (in person, Room 1052, RRC)
Sarah London,
Department of Psychology, University of Chicago
Title: Linking juvenile experience to adult patterns of behavior through genomic and molecular regulation
Host: Sam Sober

Thursday, December 9 @ 11 a.m.
Gordon Berman
, Emory Biology
Title: Themes and variations in animal behavior


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