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.

For more than 10 years, Chris Beck (Biology Professor of Pedagogy) has worked with a nature preserve in his neighborhood over in Medlock. He was recently named a finalist for the Cox Conserves Heroes program. Voting for the winner is now open. The finalist with the most votes will receive another $5000 for their non-profit. In his case, they would use the funds for ecological restoration at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve.

To see a video, check out…/chris-beck-vies-for-cox-co…/452948000.

To vote by Oct. 25, go to

Read here about triathlete and Biology lecturer, Patrick Cafferty, who has created an Active Office Hour to run and discuss his human physiology class material and get to know students.

One researcher thinks the drugs of the future might come from the past: botanical treatments long overlooked by Western medicine.  Read here about Cassandra Quave, who is the curator for the Emory herbarium, located in the Biology Department and an Associated Faculty member in Biology.

Congratulations to Ilya Nemenman who has been promoted to Full Professor!

Congratulations to Biology undergraduate and graduate students who are 2015-2016 Award Recipients:

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship
Ryan Sutherland
(‘16C), Biology; Music (Spain)

Goldwater Scholarship
Joan Shang (‘17C), Biology [Honorable Mention]

NSF GRFP- Current and Former Emory Undergraduate Students
Tarik Acevedo (‘13C)

NSF GRFP- Current Emory Graduate Students
Kim Hoang

Bobby Jones Scholarship
Lucky Khambouneheuang (‘16C), Biology

Charles E. Shepard Scholarship
Madeleine Metz (‘15C), Biology; Classics

Sam Bredow Memorial Fund Award
Andrew Alter (‘17C), Biology; Political Science
Becca Sirota (‘18C), Biology

Sonny Carter Scholarship
Aman Manji (‘17C), Biology

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.


Fall 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., August 30th
Joe Manns, Emory Psychology
Title: Memory and the mammalian hippocampus
Host: Robert Liu

Tues., September 6th
SCIENCE CAFE with Sam Sober
Discussion topic: Teaching opportunities - first-year seminars, science education in prison, and beyond

Tues., September 13th
Vanessa Ezenwa, University of Georgia, School of Ecology

Title: Helminth-microbe co-infection: insights from a natural system
Host: Jaap de Roode

Tues., September 20th
SCIENCE CAFE with Jeff Mader, Medical Science Liaison for Eli Lilly
Discussion topic: Medical Science Liasons - a niche career for biomedical PhDs

Tues., September 27th
Chris Beck, Emory Biology
Title: Does teaching of quantitative concepts in biology courses improve quantitative literacy?

Tues., October 4th
Anita Corbett, Emory Biology
Title: RNA Binding Proteins in Human Disease

Tues., October 11th
FALL BREAK- will not meet

Tues., October 18th
SCIENCE CAFE with Bruce Levin
Discussion topic: How do statistics apply to individuals?

Tues., October 25th
Iain Shepherd, Emory Biology
Title: Red Fish, Green Fish: Using the zebrafish to gain insights into Hirschsprung’s disease

Tues., November 1st
SCIENCE CAFE with Amanda Starnes
Discussion topic: Canvas- The beginning of a beautiful relationship?

Tues., November 8th
SCIENCE CAFE with Tracy McGill & Doug Mulford, Emory Chemistry
Discussion topic: A Modern Chemistry Degree at Emory: The path and the product

Tues., November 15th
Jeremy Nance, New York University, School of Medicine

Title: Remodeling of C. elegans primordial germ cells through endoderm-assisted cannibalism
*Time is 12:00 in Whitehead auditorium in GMB regular seminar slot

Tues., November 22nd
SCIENCE CAFE with Eladio Abreu, Arri Eisen and Rachelle Spell
Discussion topic:  Identifying and retaining underrepresented students in Biology and other Emory STEM departments

Tues., November 29th
Rustom Antia, Emory Biology
Title: Can we generate a universal vaccine against influenza?

Tues., December 6th
Ilya Nemenman, Emory Biology
Title: Multicellular collective sensing in the mammary duct development

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