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


Faculty opening for Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience. 

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Robert Liu has been named the Winship Distinguished Research Professor for the next three years.  Congratulations, Robert, for this well-earned award!

Astrid Prinz was elected as the new president for the Organization for Computational Neuroscience (  Her 2 year term will start Jan. 1, 2015.  This is an internationally quite visible position – and a lot of work!  Congratulations, Astrid!

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.


Fall 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.

Tues. September 2
Science Cafe led by Pat Marsteller
Topic: Why use cases?

Tues., September 9
Steve L'Hernault, Emory Biology
Title: Looks Aren’t Everything: What Nematode Sperm Are Teaching Us About Conserved Aspects Of Fertilization

Tues., September 16
Luciano Marraffini, Laboratory of Bacteriology,The Rockefeller University
Title: Tolerance during CRISPR-Cas immunity: domesticating the phage
Host: Bruce Levin

Tues., September 23
David Biron, Department of Physics, University of Chicago
Title: Homeostasis in C. elegans sleep is characterized by two behaviorally and genetically distinct mechanisms
Host: Ilya Nemenman

Tues., September 30
Garrett Stanley, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech University
Title: Reading and Writing the Neural Code: What's Going on in Obama's Brain Initiative?
Host: Dieter Jaeger

Tues. October 7
Science Cafe led by Kris Hite (Deal lab)
Topic: Getting Personal with Personal Genomics - How to interpret 23&Me health data despite the FDA proscription

Tues., October 14
FALL BREAK- will not meet

Tues., October 21
Robert Lue, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Harvard University
Title: The Transformation of Teaching and Learning in the Life Sciences at Harvard
Host: Rachelle Spell

Tues. October 28
Science Cafe led by Alex Escobar and Kate O'Toole
Topic: Scientific Teaching

Tues., November 4
Sam Sober, Emory Biology
Title: TBA

Tues. November 11
Science Cafe led by Ilya Nemenman
Topic: Is there a hope for theory (rather than modeling) in biology?

Tues., November 18
Iain Shepherd, Emory Biology
Title: Insights into Hirschsprung’s Disease using Zebrafish

Tues. November 25
Science Cafe led by TBA
Topic: TBA

Tues., December 2 (GMB co sponsor)
Robert Martienssen, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Title: Replication, repair, recombination and RNAi: the 4 Rs of heterochromatin?
*12:00 p.m. in Whitehead Auditorium

Tues. December 9
Science Cafe led by Levi Morran
Topic: The problem of evolution in America



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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