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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Congratulations to Ilya Nemenman and Sam Sober for recently receiving a $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative! Read more here.

Megan Cole is a lecturer in the biology department in addition to her role as director of undergraduate laboratories.  "...leaving the cookbook labs behind creates students who are more confident in their research, and much more interested in careers that will include it.  Turning the frustration over a module into curiosity may make a scientist. But it also teaches critical-thinking skills to anyone following the latest findings in the news, Cole says." Read more here.

Read 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.


Spring 2017 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 17th
George Dimopoulos, Dept. of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins University
Title: Exploring mosquito – pathogen interactions for disease control
Host: Jaap de Roode

Tues., January 24th
SCIENCE CAFE with Mark Lee, Department of Biology, Spelman College
Discussion topic: Mentoring Matters

Host: Eladio Abreu

Tues., January 31st
Sam Sober, Emory Biology

Title: Vocal control, sensorimotor learning, and the dynamics of birdsong

Tues., February 7th
Science Cluster Hire candidate talk
John Lindo,
Department of Human Genetics, Univ. of Chicago
Title: Ancient DNA: Insights into Human Demographic Histories and Evolution
Location: TBA

Tues., February 14th
Science Cluster Hire candidate talk

Nic Vega,
Department of Physics, MIT

Title: Stochastic and deterministic microbial community assembly in a C. elegans model
Location: TBA

Tues., February 21st
Lucia Carvelli, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Univ. of North Dakota
Mechanisms of Action of Amphetamine: Insights from C. elegans Epigenetics and Physiology
Host: Bill Kelly

Tues., February 28th

Tues., March 7th
SPRING BREAK- will not meet

Tues., March 14th
Discussion topic: TBA

Tues., March 21st
Rohan Palmer, Emory Psychology
Title: The Etiology of Substance Use Disorders: Contextual Considerations for Complex Traits
Host: Robert Liu

Tues., March 28th
David Hofmann & Damian Hernandez, Emory Physics Postdocs in Nemenman Lab
Title: A thorough analysis of myoelectric signals

Tues., April 4th
Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Autism Center
Title: TBA
Host: Gordon Berman

Tues., April 11th
Jen Mason, Emory Biology Postdoc in Hickman Lab
Title: Dynamic host environments and their effects on C. albicans genome plasticity

Wed., April 19th and Thur., April 20th
Hopi E. Hoekstra,  Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology and Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Harvard University
Rhodes Lecture in Biology

Title: Digging for genes that contribute to behavioral evolution

Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium Keynote
From Darwin to DNA: adaptation in the wild

***Specifics to be announced.

Tues., April 25th
Kate O'Toole, Emory Biology
Title: Drawing in the classroom as a model-building skill


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