Department of Biology

Congratulations to Ryan Sutherland for winning the 2016 Darrell Stokes Award for excellence in Biology.

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The story of the evolution of color vision in the African clawed frog "is full of mysterious twists and turns," says evolutionary biologist Shozo Yokoyama.

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“Emory has the personality of a small liberal arts school but it has the resources of a big research institution”.

Mackenzie Wyatt is a graduating senior and Woodruff Scholar at Emory who works in the Biology lab of Sam Sober doing research on songbirds. She recently defended her thesis and got Highest Honors. Congratulations, Mackenzie!

In this radio interview on WABE, Atlanta’s NPR Station, she talks about how she has learn and grown from the diversity at Emory. Listen a little past minute #47.

Congratulations to Josh Maxwell! The Emory Biology Intro Lab Instructor Award for excellence in teaching was awarded to Dr. Josh Maxwell, a postdoctoral researcher in Mike Davis’ lab in Emory’s Health Sciences Research Building. Josh received perfect scores in his online student reviews this semester.

Mary Bushman is a fifth year PBEE (Population Biology, Ecology & Evolution) student in Jaap de Roode's lab working on the evolution of drug resistance in malaria. Her work has shown that drug-sensitive parasites can suppress resistant parasites in infections in African children, suggesting that sensitive parasites can impede the spread of drug resistance.  This work could potentially inform novel control strategies to curb the spread of resistance. Read more.

Read recent articles about some Biology faculty's research:

Research led by Steve L'Hernault establishes a connection between fertilization in nematodes and mammals. The conclusion provides new insights into the basic underpinnings of fertility that could eventually lead to oral contraceptives for men. Read more.

“Cells talk to nearby cells and compare notes before they make a move,” says Ilya Nemenman, a theoretical biophysicist at Emory University. Read more.

(Roger) "Deal says most plants have a kind of memory for stress. When experiencing water shortage, for example, plants close the holes in their leaves, called stomata, to reduce water loss from their tissues". Read more.

"In terms of vocal control, the bird brain appears as complicated and wonderful as the human brain," says biologist Samuel Sober, shown in his lab with a pair of zebra finches. Read more.

Dieter Jaeger recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative to explore questions about neural circuitry. He shares the $1.7 million award with Garrett Stanley, a neuroscientist in the Emory-Georgia Tech Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME). Read more.

Read this article in Science featuring the work of Leiling Tao, a postdoctoral researcher in the de Roode lab.

Congratulations to Emory's Megan Cole (Biology) and Tim Read (Dept. of Human Genetics, SOM) for developing Biology's Intro Bio lab module on the whale shark genome.  Emory just released a story and video about it on E Science Commons.

The Biology Department continues to develop new pedagogical approaches to educate our students. From the use of case studies and process oriented guided inquiry learning (POGIL) to flipped classes, we are dedicated to the innovative teaching that will prepare our students for the challenging world they will encounter.  Here is a video showing Alex Escobar's recently flipped class for BIO 301 (Biochemistry).


Spring 2016 Biology Seminar Series

The seminars & Science Cafe talks will continue to be on Tuesdays every week in Rm. 1052 of O. Wayne Rollins Research Center at 9 a.m. (unless otherwise noted).

Science Cafe talks are to have informal discussions on science- and education-related topics over a light breakfast.

Tues., January 12
Joseph Mihaljevic, Department of Ecology & Evolution, University of Chicago
Title: Understanding the community ecology of disease by integrating models and data
*Ecology & Evolution Search Candidate

Thurs., January 14
Emily Bruns, Department of Biology, University of Virginia
Title: Disease dynamics in natural populations: insights from a model plant system
*Ecology & Evolution Search Candidate

Tues., January 19
No seminar

Mon., January 25
Ann Tate, Department of Biology & Biochemistry, University of Houston
Title: The molecules-to-populations ecology of innate immune systems
*Ecology & Evolution Search Candidate

Wed., January 27
David Civitello, Department of Integrative Biology, University of South Florida
Title: Host physiology and the environmental drivers of disease
*Ecology & Evolution Search Candidate

Tues., February 2
Katia Koelle, Department of Biology, Duke University
Title: Phylodynamic insights into the ecology and evolution of viral infectious diseases affecting humans
Host: Les Real

Tues., February 9
Paul Katz, , Neuroscience Institute, Georgia State University
Title: Species and individual variation in neural circuitry: Same-same but different, but still the same
Host: Astrid Prinz

Tues., February 16
Science Cafe

Tues., February 23
Robert S. Haltiwanger, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Georgia
Title: The Sweet Science of Development: How Sugars Regulate Notch Receptor Signaling
Host: Bill Kelly

Tues., March 1
Elisa Margolis, Pediatrician and Infectious Disease Fellow at the University of Washington
Title: Causality as the Cure for the Microbiome Mania
Host: Bruce Levin

Tues., March 8
SPRING BREAK- will not meet

Tues., March 15
Jim Smith, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University
Title: Using Evo-ED Cases and Avida-ED Digital Evolution as Integrative, Active Learning Approaches to Evolution Education
Host: Pat Marsteller

Tues., March 22
Elliott Sober, Department of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Title: Darwin’s Phylogenetic Reasoning
Host: Les Real
QTM Visiting Fellow at Emory

Tues., March 29
Jessica Tollkuhn, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Title: Epigenetic regulation of sex differences in the brain
Host: Sam Sober
Co sponsored by Center for Translational Social Neuroscience

Tues., April 5
Ken Moberg, Department of Cell Biology, Emory University
Title: Of yeast, flies, mice and men: Neuronal Roles of an RNA Binding Protein Involved in Intellectual Disability
Host: Barry Yedvobnick

Tues., April 12
Mani Ramaswami, Department of Genetics and Institute for Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin
Title: Modular evolution and neural mechanisms of simple memory
Host: Ron Calabrese
*Note different time of 12:00 p.m.

Mon., April 18
Rhodes Lectureship with Bonnie Bassler, Princeton University
Title: Bacterial Quorum Sensing and Its Control
4:00 p..m in Harland Cinema in the Dobbs University Center (DUC)
5:00 p.m. reception in Emory Coca Cola Commons (DUC)

Tues., April 19
Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium with Bonnie Bassler
4:00 p.m. in SOM 120
Title: Tiny Conspiracies: Cell-to-Cell Communication in Bacteria
Host: Ilya Nemenman

Tues., April 26
Erika Almeyda Diaz, Emory Biology, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Gerardo lab
Title: Can coral reefs survive climate change? An interdisciplinary approach to understand temperature acclimation
Leiling Tao, Emory Biology, Postdoctoral Fellow in the de Roode lab
Title: Effects of community composition on disease ecology


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