Department of Biology

Jordan Justine Valdez (Hughes Scholar, Class 2016) is an immensely inquisitive student with a creative mind naturally suited for academic research.  Hailing from Texas, she was attracted to Emory in large part by the research opportunities afforded to students through the College, Emory Hospital and the partnerships with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Recent art-science initiatives have demonstrated that it is possible for art to make research accessible to those intimidated by science. Dr. Nicole Gerardo's research provides a natural avenue to explore how art can bring science to the public.

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News and Events


Congratulations to Jaap de Roode and Nicole Gerardo who were awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professors!

Arri Eisen won the Emory Williams Award for Distinguished Teaching.  The university's oldest awards for teaching were established in 1972 by alumnus Emory Williams 32C.  Awards in the arts and sciences are determined by a committee of Emory College faculty.  Congratulations, Dr. Eisen!

Change in Biology B.S. Requirements:  Students declaring a Biology B.S. major after the first day of classes, Fall 2014, will be required to take QTM 100 in addition to two Calculus classes.  QTM100 will not be required for the Biology B.A.


Spring 2014 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.

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

Jan. 14 (Tues.)- Jaap de Roode, Department of Biology, Emory University
Title: Monarch butterflies practice herbal medicine: consequences for infectious disease and virulence evolution

Jan. 21 (Tues.)- Science Cafe
Screening and sequencing for health: Are we better off not knowing? (Bruce Levin)

Jan. 28 (Tues.)- Chuck Kimmel, Department of Biology (Emeritus), University of Oregon
Title: Developmental Modularity and Evolvability of the Head Skeleton
Host: Iain Shepherd

Feb. 4 (Tues.)- Scott Rothbart, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title: Deciphering the chromatin landscape regulating DNA methylation inheritance
*Cell Biology Faculty Search candidate

Feb. 20 (Thur.)- Maleah Hickman, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, University of Minnesota
Title: Generating genomic diversity in an opportunistic fungal pathogen
*4:00 p.m.
*Cell Biology Faculty Search candidate

Feb. 25 (Tues.)- Diana Libuda, Department of Developmental Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine
Title: Making the right decision: repairing DNA breaks during C. elegans meiosis
*Cell Biology Faculty Search candidate

March 4 (Tues.)- Jennifer McQuiston, DVM, MS, DACVPM, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC
Title: Extreme Rodeo: Results of the Rocky Mountain spotted fever Rodeo, a tick prevention campaign on the San Carlos Apache reservation in eastern Arizona
Host: Amanda Starnes

March 11- SPRING BREAK, no seminar

March 18 (Tues.)- Patrick Cafferty, Department of Biology, Emory University & David Murch, McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Title: Use of personalized adaptive learning technology in a biology class

March 25 (Tues.)- Science Cafe

April 1 (Tues.)- Gray Crouse, Department of Biology, Emory University
Title: How DNA mutations arise (and what prevents them from occurring)

April 8 (Tues.)- Caroline Buckee, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard University
Title: Challenges in modeling malaria parasite infection dynamics and evolution for elimination planning
Host: Rustom Antia
*Co sponsored by Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods

April 15 (Tues.)- Science Cafe
Classroom Flipping (Alex Escobar)

2014 Rhodes Lecture

April 23 (Wed.)- Eugenia del Pino, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador
*12:00 p.m.
*Whitehead auditorium
Title: The Surprising Story of Marsupial Frogs

April 24 (Thur.)
Undergraduate Research Symposium Keynote
*5:00 p.m.
*SOM 110
Title: Getting Paid for Having Fun: My Journey as a Scientist

Contact and Directions

The Biology Department is located in the O. Wayne Rollins Research Center, 1510 Clifton Road NE, Room 2006, Atlanta, GA 30322. The telephone number is 404-727-6292 (main office).

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