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Congratulations to Arthur Menezes for winning the 2020 Department of Biology Award given in honor of Darrell Stokes.

Congratulations to Jessie Jiang for earning the 2020 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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HONORS ANNOUNCEMENT (from Dr. Alex Escobar):
For all seniors considering enrolling in Biol 495 this Fall
, please read the following.  As a reminder, this is the Honors Biology Research course.

As you are aware, we received word that we will have a hybrid model next semester, with some classes online and some classes in person.

What does this mean for Biol 495 A/BW and doing laboratory research?..Well, I cannot yet say, but here is what I do know:

1.      This summer, undergraduates are not allowed to work in research laboratories.  The College is working with departments and the medical school to determine the feasibility of students working in laboratories in the fall.  No decision has been made.  I hope for a decision soon.

2.      You will be re-registering for classes in July. Because of the logistics of figuring out who will be allowed in their lab and who won’t, you will need to re-register for Biol 495 A/BW and get a new permission number (sorry).  I will open up the process as soon as I know whether all labs, some labs, or no labs are open to undergraduates in the fall.

3.      If undergraduates are not allowed to work in labs in the Fall, Biol 495 A/BW will be available to students who can work remotely on existing data or on modeling projects.


From the Biology faculty to the Emory 2020 Biology graduates: Congratulations on all of your hard work!  View video here.

Congratulations to Biology Emeritus Dr. George Jones who has received the Heilbrun Fellowship!

The title of Dr. Jones's successful Heilbrun Distinguished Award notification is “ANALYSIS OF ANCESTRAL tRNA NUCLEOTIDYLTRANSFERASES” which is a continuation and extension of what were his scholarly interests prior to his retirement. The Biology Department is very happy for Dr. Jones and fully supports his continued pursuit of and engagement in his interesting scholarship.  Read more here.

Biology is very proud of Dr. Nicole Gerardo because she is so deserving to be a winner of the Emory Williams teaching award!  Read more here.

Congratulations to Dr. Erica Harris who is the 2020 Eleanor Main Student Mentor Award recipient. Harris just graduated with a PhD in Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution (PBEE). She completed her graduate studies working in the biology labs of Dr. Nicole Gerardo and Dr. Jaap de Roode.  Read more here.

Dr. Anita Corbett
is the recipient of the 2020 American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Mid-Career Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals with a strong commitment to advancing the careers of women in molecular biology and biochemistry along with demonstrated excellence in research, discovery and/or service. 

This award will be presented at the 2020 ASBMB Meeting in April 2020.  Read more here.

Dr. Ilya Nemenman and collaborator’s research on the fundamental limits of accuracy of molecular sensing by living cells was published in Physical Review Letters and featured in Physics, an American Physical Society publication focused on profiling "results that will change the course of research, inspire a new way of thinking, or spark curiosity.” Read more here.

Congratulations to our faculty who have been promoted as of September 1:
Dr. Megan Cole, Senior Lecturer
Dr. Jaap de Roode, Professor
Dr. Nicole Gerardo, Professor
Dr. Robert Liu, Professor

Dr. Jaap de Roode is one of the leaders of the research initiative “From Molecular Pathogenesis to Global Pandemics.” Emory has provided $5 million for this initiative as a result of a Task Force on the Future of Basic Sciences Research formed to identify priorities for investment through 2025. Read more.

Dr. Ilya Nemenman and collaborators used modern machine learning to build mechanistic, interpretable models capable of predicting behavior of a roundworm C. elegans with high accuracy. Read more.


Spring 2020 Biology Seminar Series

The seminars & Science Cafe talks will return to 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 snack.

Tues., January 14
Science Cafe
Discussion led by Anita Corbett, Emory Biology
Title: A conversation on implicit bias

Thur., January 16
Kelsey Gray, Drepung Loseling Monastic University
Title: Central Dogma
Host: Rachelle Spell

Tues., January 21
Eddie Nam, University of St. Thomas in Houston
Title: Central Dogma
Host: Eladio Abreu

Thur., January 23
Miguel Reyes, Clayton State University
Title: Central Dogma
Host: Andreas Fritz

Tues., January 28
Linda Green, Georgetown University
Title: Central Dogma
Host: Megan Cole

Thur., January 30
Seth Thompson
, University of Minnesota
Title: Central Dogma
Host: Rachelle Spell

Tues., February 4
Elizabeth Harrison, Georgia Gwinnett College
Title: Central Dogma
Host: Andreas Fritz

Tues., February 11
David Gorkin, Associate Director, Center for Epigenomics, University of California, San Diego
Title: Navigating with epigenome maps: Developmental and disease processes illuminated via high-throughput and single-cell epigenomics
Host: Bill Kelly

Thur., February 13
Magdalena Potok, Department of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
Title: Investigating the relationship between epigenetics and genome stability
Host: Roger Deal

Tues., February 18
Jelena Erceg, Harvard Medical School
Title: Functional regulation and diploid genome architecture in multicellular organisms
Host: Anita Corbett

Tues., February 25
Ed Banigan, Department of Physics and Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: How chromatin keeps it together: mechanisms of nuclear mechanics and structure
Host: Roger Deal

Thur., February 27
Geoff Fudenberg, Gladstone Institutes of Data Science and Biotechnology
Title: Genomes in 3D: connecting structure and function
Host: Roger Deal

Tues., March 3
Jitendra Thakur, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Title: Satellite DNA, Variant Histones and Non-coding RNA shape the "Black Holes" of the Genome
Host: Roger Deal

Thur., March 5
Michael Stadler, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Title: Spatial organization in the decoding of regulatory DNA in developing embryos
Host: Bill Kelly

Tues., March 10

CANCELLED Tues., March 17
Science Cafe
Discussion by Lauren Esposito, California Academy of Sciences
Title: Queering Science: The importance of visibility in STEM
Host: Biology graduate students

CANCELLED Tues., March 24
Sarah London, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago
Title: Integrating epigenetics, genomics, and molecular signaling to identify neural properties that promote and limit the ability to learn
Host: Sam Sober

CANCELLED Tues., March 31
John Brooks, Postdoctoral Researcher in Dept. of Immunology, UT Southwestern
Title: The microbiota programs diurnal oscillations in antimicrobial peptide production
Host: Nicole Gerardo

CANCELLED Tues., April 7
Carolyn Elya, Postdoctoral Researcher in Dept. of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Title: Zombiflied: Probing the mechanistic basis of behavior manipulation using the "zombie" entomopathogen Entomophthora muscae
Host: Gordon Berman

Tues., April 14
Joshua Weitz, School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
Title: MIcrobes get sick too: Phage therapy and the prospects for an eco-evolutionary approach for treating drug- resistant infections
Host: Katia Koelle

Mon., April 20
2020 Biology Rhodes Lecture
David Stern, Janelia Research Campus
Title: How aphids induce plant galls
Whitehead auditorium
11:00 a.m.

Tues., April 21
2020 Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium Keynote
Title: How I learned to be a happy biologist: From the field to the lab bench and back again
School of Medicine, Room 120 (James B. Williams Bldg.)
4:00 p.m.
*Student poster sessions 2- 4 p.m. in the SOM lobby

Hosts: Gordon Berman and Leila Rieder

Tues., April 28
Science Cafe
Discussion led by David Lynn, Emory Chemistry
TItle: Systems Chemistry and the Foundations of Biological Order

Tues., May 5
Xin Chen, Department of Biology, Johns Hopkins
Title: Asymmetry from symmetry or symmetry from asymmetry?
Host: Leila Rieder


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