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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


Congratulations to Ilya Nemenman who has been named a Simons Investigator in Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

Class of 2021 Biology Majors:
We want to take this moment to congratulate you for completing your studies, 
and thus, earning your degrees. You should be proud of your accomplishments.  View this video with messages from our faculty.

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 can be viewed here:

Thursday, April 22 @ 11 a.m.
Neil Shubin, Robert R. Bensley Distinguished Service Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago
Title: Finding Your Inner Fish: Fossils, Genes, and the Origin of Limbs
Host: Jaap de Roode

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

Read updated information about Bio 495 Honors here.



Spring 2021 Biology Seminar Series

The seminars & Science Cafe talks will be virtual through Zoom for Spring 2021 on Thursdays at 11:00 am EST and some Tuesdays at 9:00 am EST.

If you are outside the Biology Department, please send an email to request the Zoom link for talks to malia.escobar@emory.edu.

Thursday, January 14 @ 11 a.m.
Science Cafe led by Robert Liu
Discussion topic: Implicit Biases and Faculty Recruitment

Thursday, January 28
11:00 a.m. EST
Nupur Katyare, Postdoctoral Fellow, Jaeger lab
Emory Biology
Title: Theta frequency resonance and synaptic modulation scale neuronal activity patterns in the medial entorhinal cortex: Neurophysiology data from Entorhinal cortex and Mediodorsal thalamus

Karena Nguyen, Postdoctoral Fellow, Civitello lab
Emory Biology
Title: Interventions can shift the thermal optimum for disease: Evidence from human schistosomiasis

Thursday, February 4
11:00 a.m. EST
Michael Martini, Postdoctoral Fellow, Nemenman lab, Emory Physics
Title: Stories of Stochasticity: Ants, Worms, and Bacteria
Host: Ilya Nemenman

Tuesday, February 9
9:00 a.m. EST
Nsa Dada, Founder, Mosquito Microbiome Consortium
Researcher, Tropical Infectious Diseases Research Center
Title: The mosquito microbiome: Another wrinkle in the insecticide resistance conundrum
Host: Nicole Gerardo

Thursday, February 11
11:00 a.m. EST
Osama Ahmed, Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Title: Walking and Singing: The Neurobiology of Multitasking in Drosophila
Host: Anita Corbett

Tuesday, February 16
9:00 a.m. EST
Angie Salles, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
Title: Bats, Brains and Behavior
Host: Robert Liu

Thursday, February 18
11:00 a.m. EST
Jesús Romo, IRACDA Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Title:  Effects of Candida species gastrointestinal colonization on Clostridioides difficile infection
Host: Nic Vega

Tuesday, February 23
9:00 a.m. EST
Anita Devineni, Postdoctoral Scientist, Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Columbia University
Title: Integrating sensory cues with internal state for flexible behavior
Host: Anita Corbett

Thursday, February 25
11:00 a.m. EST
Sergey Stavisky, Postdoctoral Fellow, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Stanford University
Title:  Intracortical brain-computer interfaces: From fundamental neuroscience to restoring speech and reach & grasp
Host: Robert Liu

Tuesday, March 2
9:00 a.m. EST
John Brooks, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Immunology
Title: The Microbiota Coordinates Diurnal Rhythms in Intestinal Innate Immunity with the Host Circadian Clock
Host: Nic Vega

Thursday, March 4
11:00 a.m. EST
William Gilpin, NSF-Simons Fellow, Harvard University
Title:  Inferring chaos and emergent low-dimensionality in living dynamical systems
Host: Rustom Antia

Monday, March 8
10:00 a.m. EST
Yan Wang, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
Title: The Social Brains of Bees and Octopuses
Host: Anita Corbett
Tuesday, March 9
9:00 a.m. EST
Micaela Martinez, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University
Title: Human Health & Ecology in the Anthropocene
Host: Nicole Gerardo

Thursday, March 11
11:00 a.m. EST
Arif Hamid, Hannah Gray Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Title: Striatal dopamine waves as a mechanism for spatiotemporal credit assignment Host: Dieter Jaeger

Thursday, March 18

Thursday, March 25
11:00 a.m. EST
Ravi V. Bellamkonda,Vinik Dean of Engineering, Duke University
Beginning July '21: Professor of Biology and Biomedical Engineering and Provost, Emory University
Title: Dancing with a moving target: Strategies to modulate brain tumor migration
Host: Steve L’Hernault

Thursday, April 1
11:00 a.m. EST
Rachelle Spell, Emory Biology
Title: Biology Advising Workshop: Supporting Inclusion and Belonging
*This is a workshop designed for Biology faculty, but all are welcome.

Thursday, April 8
11:00 a.m. EST
Will Ludington, Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Embryology
Title: A symbiotic niche in the Drosophila gut regulates the stable association of a multispecies microbiome
Host: Nic Vega

Thursday, April 22
11:00 a.m. EST
Biology Distinguished Rhodes Lecture
Neil Shubin, Robert R. Bensley Distinguished Service Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago
Title: Finding Your Inner Fish: Fossils, Genes, and the Origin of Limbs
Host: Jaap de Roode

Thursday, April 29
11:00 a.m. EST
Nicole Brown, Director of Social Research & Practice and Education Ltd. and Lecturer in Education at the University College London Institute of Education
Title: Disability in Higher Education: Developing EDI strategies
Host: Leila Rieder


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