Biology Announcements

The following is a list of the latest news from the Department of Biological Sciences. For more general stories or announcements, please visit the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science homepage, the Jupiter Life Science Initiative webpage, and the Owl Research & Innovation Magazine.


May 15, 2019

Biology Graduate Students Sweep 10th Annual GPSA Research Day. Congratulations to all the biology graduate students that received awards during the annual GPSA Graduate Research Day.


May 13, 2019

New Associate VP of Academic Affairs for FAU Jupiter Campus. Dr. Rod Murphey, Professor and Chairman of the Biological Sciences Department, has been newly appointed as the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for the FAU Jupiter campus.


May 10, 2019

FAU Grad is a Real Life "Science Mermaid". Chelsea Bennice, recent graduate of the IB PhD program who worked in the laboratory of Dr. Randy Brooks, recently accepted a position at FAU Brain Institute’s ASCEND program, an innovative program used to address the national shortage in STEM career-oriented students.


May 6, 2019

FAU scientist studying effects of oil spills on stingrays. Dr. Stephen Kajiura, Professor of Biology, was featured on a FAU social media video about his research investigating the effects of oil spills on stingrays.


May 1, 2019

Marine Science Masters Student Featured in Science Connect. Catherine Lo is the first student at FAU to receive a Master of Science in Marine Science and Oceanography in this newly established degree program.


April 24, 2019

Biology Faculty Member Selected To Attend 2019 Summer Faculty Fellowship Program in Israel. Dr. Marianne Porter, Assistant Professor of Biology, has been selected to attend the faculty fellowship in Israel this summer that runs from May 25th to June 7th.


April 19, 2019

Biology Faculty Published in FAU Undergraduate Research Journal. Dr. Diane Baronas-Lowell, Associate Scientist, and her undergraduate students had a publication in the Spring 2019 edition of the FAUJR featuring their work entitled "Discovery of Soil Bacteria which Display Broad-Spectrum Antibiotic Activity," a collaborative project with Dr. Lyndon West, Associate Professor of Chemistry.


April 15, 2019

Biology Undergrad Researchers Win Awards at 2019 OURI Research Symposium. Congratulations to faculty that had student winners in the poster session: Drs. Kailiang Jia, Evelyn Frazier, Diane Baronas-Lowell, Nwadiuto Esiobu, Xing-Hai Zhang, and James Kumi-Diaka. Congratulations to faculty that had student winners in the oral session: Drs. Sarah Milton, Lyndon West, and Laura Vernon.


April 12, 2019

Biology Graduate Students Win Awards at GPSA Research Day. Congratulations to the following IB PhD students for winning awards: Daniel Alempijevic, Dorota Tokmina-Roszyk, and Kirstie Tandberg! Congratulations to Biology Master's student Krystyna Powell for winning an award as well!


April 10, 2019

FAU Scientist Presents at Journal of Experimental Biology Symposium 2019. Dr. Johanna Kowalko was recently invited as a guest speaker at the Genome Editing for Comparative Physiology Symposium where she discussed her research investigating "The genetic basis of behavioral variation in natural populations."


April 8, 2019

JLSI Neuroscientist Hosts Annual Cavefish Meeting. Dr. Alex Keene, Associate Professor of Biology, recently organized the Sixth Annual Astyanax International Meeting (AIM) in Juriquilla, Querétaro, Mexico.


April 5, 2019

IB PhD Candidate Publishes Paper. Stephanie Kelly, who worked under the direction of Dr. Ken Dawson-Scully and will receive her Ph.D. this May, published a paper examining how PKG, encoded by the polymorphic foraging gene, confers hypoxia tolerance at the expense of lifespan and healthy aging, indicating a role for PKG in aging and senescence.


April 1, 2019

Ask A Scientist Features Biology Professor. Dr. Jeanette Wyneken was featured in the third episode of the podcast series. Wyneken speaks about how the environment can impact sex determination of sea turtles, the effects of climate change on incubation temperatures in nests, and the research being performed in the FAU Marine Lab at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.


March 29, 2019

2019 College of Science Initiative to Stimulate Extramural Research Funding Award. Dr. David Binninger, Associate Professor of Biology, was selected for funding on his project entitled "In Vivo Interactions of Serotonin and Methionine Sulfoxide Reductase Deficiency in Drosophila melanogaster."


March 25, 2019

FAU Neuroscientist Named Kavli Fellow by National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Alex Keene, Associate Professor of Biology, has been named a Kavli Fellow by The National Academy of Sciences. Keene recently participated in the 30th Annual U.S. Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium (KFoS), which took place at the Academy's Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California.


March 19, 2019

Royal Caribbean Donates to FAU Marine Lab at Gumbo Limbo. Thanks to a generous gift from Royal Caribbean International, Dr. Jeanette Wyneken, is doing some groundbreaking research on leatherback sea turtles and where they grow up.


March 14, 2019

Biology Assistant Professor JEB Interview. Dr. Marianne Porter was recently featured in the Journal of Experimental Biology as part of an early-career researcher conversation piece.


March 11, 2019

FAU Jupiter Represented at Sunposium 2019. The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience held the annual Sunposium conference this week, bringing hundreds of the world’s most esteemed neuroscience researchers together.


March 8, 2019

IB PhD Candidate & Advisor Attend ASLO 2019 Conference. Dr. Marguerite Koch, Professor of Biology, and her IB PhD student, Mr. Conall McNicholl, presented at the 2019 Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) in San Juan, Puerto Rico this last week (February 23-March 2, 2019).


March 4, 2019

IB PhD Candidate Publishes Paper. Congratulations to Katherine Galloway, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Marianne Porter, for getting her research examining the mechanical properties of venomous spines and morphology among lionfish species published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.


March 1, 2019

JLSI Neuroscientist Named Kavli Fellow. The National Academy of Sciences has named Dr. Alex Keene, Associate Professor of Biology and JLSI researcher, a Kavli Fellow and participate in the 30th Annual U.S. Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium (KFoS) scheduled from Feb. 28th - March2nd. Keene, who is focused on understanding the neural basis through which sleep and feeding state interact, is only the second FAU faculty member to receive this honor!


Updated Monday, May 13, 2019