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

The Department of Biology at Emory University invites applications for three lecture track faculty positions.

We seek candidates with a Ph.D. in the biological sciences with a strong commitment to pedagogy and a specific interest in teaching and advising undergraduates from a diversity of backgrounds. Applicants having prior experience with evidence-based teaching practices are encouraged to apply; postdoctoral experience is preferred.

Apply through Interfolio.

Emory Provost Ravi V. Bellamkonda, a biomedical engineer, and groundbreaking immunologist Max D. Cooper have been named 2021 fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.  Dr. Bellamkonda has his research lab in Biology.   Read about the fellowship.

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:

Click here if you would like to schedule a meeting via phone or Zoom.

To schedule a meeting via Zoom or phone call with the Biology Department Administrator, Sonia Hayden:

Please follow this link


Spring 2022 Biology Seminar Series

The seminars & Science Cafe talks will be a mix of virtual through Zoom and in person in Room 1052 for Spring 2022 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, January 13 @ 11 a.m. (ALL VIRTUAL)
Zeba Wunderlich, Department of Biology, Boston University
Title: Robustness and evolvability: Transcriptional control in development and immunity
Host: Leila Rieder

Thursday, January 20 @ 11 a.m. (ALL VIRTUAL)
Nic Vega, Emory Biology
Title: Heterogeneous host-microbe associations in C. elegans

Thursday, January 27 @ 11 a.m. (ALL VIRTUAL)
Biology postdoctoral fellows
Eduardo Rodriguez-Roman, Levin lab
Title: Making the world safe for cheese production: the role of abortive infection in Lactococcus lactis
Jennifer Gresham, Morran lab
Title: Studying Sex and How I Got Here

Thursday, February 3 @ 11 a.m.
D. Allan Drummond, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, University of Chicago
Title: Rethinking the cellular response to temperature stress
Host: Ilya Nemenman

Thursday, February 10 @ 11 a.m. (ALL VIRTUAL)
Terry McGlynn, Department of Biology, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Title: Lessons in thermal ecology from rainforest ants
Host: Emory Biology Postdocs

Thursday, February 17 @ 11 a.m.
Jennifer Rieser, Emory Physics
Title: Phases, geometry, and scales: Bridging micro to macro in animal locomotion
Host: Ilya Nemenman

Thursday, February 24 @ 11 a.m.
Vitaly Ganusov, Department of Microbiology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Title: Strong inference: an intelligent way of combining mathematical models with data
Host: Rustom Antia

Thursday, March 3 @ 11 a.m.
Luis Zaman, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
Title: Is Host-Parasite Coevolution Special?
Host: Jaap de Roode

Thursday, March 10- NO SEMINAR, Emory Spring Break

Thursday, March 17 @ 11 a.m. (ALL VIRTUAL)
Pleuni Pennings, Department of Biology, San Francisco State University
Title: Evolution and transmission of drug resistance and inclusivity in computing
Host: Katia Koelle

Thursday, March 24 @ 11 a.m. (ALL VIRTUAL)
Carolyn Elya, Harvard University
Title: Secrets of the zombie fly: Insights into fruit fly behavioral manipulation by the killer fungus Entomophthora muscae
Host: Gordon Berman

Thursday, March 31@ 11 a.m.
Shashank Shekhar, Emory Physics
Title: Remodeling the cellular actin cytoskeleton, one molecule at a time
Host: Steve L'Hernault

Thursday, April 7 @ 11 a.m.
Meghan Duffy, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
Title: Graduate student mental health: why it matters, where things stand, and what to do
Host: Nicole Gerardo
Co sponsored by Hightower Funds

Thursday, April 14 @ 11 a.m.
Rachelle Spell, Emory Biology
Title:  Metacognition and Learning: Twenty Years of Teaching Experience
*In celebration of retirement

Spring 2022 Biology Distinguished Rhodes Lecture
Iain Couzin, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, University of Konstanz, Germany

Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium Keynote Address
Thursday, April 21 @ 4 p.m.
Emory Student Center (Enter from McDonough Plaza, field area)
Rooms 5-6 of the Multi-purpose rooms, Doors say N105 and N106
Title: It (almost certainly) wouldn’t happen again - the role of luck in scientific careers
Student poster sessions 2-4 p.m.
Reception following keynote in the plaza 5-7 p.m.

Department of Biology Rhodes Lecture
Friday, April 22 @ 10:30 a.m.
Whitehead Auditorium
Title: The Geometry of Decision-Making
Host: Gordon Berman

Thursday, April 28 @ 11 a.m. (ALL VIRTUAL)
Sara Brownell, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
Title: The opportunities and challenges of active learning for student anxiety, LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities
Host: Rachelle Spell


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