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.


January 16, 2018

IB PhD Student Gets Cover of Cell Reports. Kerriann Badal, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Sathya Puthanveettil at Scripps Florida, recently published in the top-tier scientific journal Cell Reports and artwork related to their research report was chosen for the cover image!


January 15, 2018

IBNS PhD Candidate Publishes in Neuron. Kuo-Sheng Lee, who works in the laboratory of Dr. David Fitzpatrick of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and faculty member of the Integrative Biology-Neuroscience program, recently published a paper in the scientific journal Neuron.


January 11, 2018

Biology Faculty Member Presents Research in Israel. Dr. Alex Keene, Associate Professor of Biology, presented collaborative research on the evolution of behavioral and developmental processes in Mexican cavefish at the 27th Annual Israel Society for Neuroscience held at the Hilton Queen of Sheba, Eilat. 


January 8, 2018

Dual-Enrolled Undergrad Researcher Named Scholar. Congratulations to Hannah Herbst, a FAU High School dual-enrolled student who works in the laboratory of Dr. Marianne Porter, for being named one of the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) Scholars, the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition, for her project entitled "Biomimetic Antibacterial Engineered Surface Topography Development to Reduce the Spread of Pathogens in Medical Facilities."


January 3, 2018

Who's Tougher? Baby Sharks or Daddy Sharks? Congratulations to Danielle Ingle, IB PhD candidate, and her advisor, Dr. Marianne Porter, for having their recently published work featured in the FAU News Desk!


December 17, 2018

Biology Professor & Undergrad Internship Featured on FAU Social. Danielle Bartz and Dr. Stephen Kajiura were recently featured on a FAU social media video about her internship in his laboratory studying blacktip shark migration.


December 12, 2018

IB PhD Candidate Publishes Paper. Congratulations to Danielle Ingle, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Marianne Porter, for getting her research examining the mechanics of shark cartilage published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.


December 7, 2018

FAU Launches MaryLynn Magar Fellowship at MPFI. An FAU Magar Fellow is a data science student from FAU High that is pursuing research at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI). The fellowship will include $3,000 to support the student’s research efforts.


December 3, 2018

FAU and Max Planck Launch First-Of-Its-Kind Academy. The Florida Atlantic University Max Planck Academy on the John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter is the latest partnership that will be organized as a standalone extension of FAU High School and will open in Fall 2020.


November 30, 2018

IBNS Alum Publishes Two Papers. Dr. Wes Bollinger, who worked in the laboratory of Dr. Ken Dawson-Scully, and lab mate Nadia Sial, member of the inaugural class of the FAU High School M.D. Direct pipeline program, recently published two papers this month in the Journal of Neurogenetics and ACS Chemical Neuroscience.


November 26, 2018

Biology Scholarships. Congratulations to all graduate students that received a Biology Department Scholarship this fall! Many thanks to the generous contributions of all Biology Department Scholarship donors!


November 19,2018

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill’s Dramatic Effect on Stingrays. Dr. Stephen Kajiura, Professor of Biology, is one of the first to quantify the physiological effects of whole crude oil on the olfactory function of the Atlantic stingray, Hypanus sabinus, in a recent publication in Scientific Reports.


November 14, 2018

IBNS PhD Candidate Publishes Paper. Kazuma Murakami, PhD Candidate who works in the laboratory of Dr. Alex Keene, recently published a paper in Current Biology that identifies a new mechanism regulating sleep that involves glia.


November 9, 2018

New Undergraduate Scholarships funded by the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation. The Biological Sciences Department and College of Science has received a donation to fund new scholarships for undergraduate seniors conducting research in marine biology!


November 7, 2018

Mentoring Program Awards Announced. The Division of Research announced the faculty awarded pilot funding as part of the junior faculty mentoring program. Congratulations to Drs. Alex Keene and Sarah Milton!


November 2, 2018

IBNS PhD Candidate Publishes Paper. Maria Yurgel, PhD Candidate who works in the laboratory of Dr. Alex Keene, recently published a paper in G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics that identifies a gene that promotes sleep.


Updated Monday, January 14, 2019