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.


November 17, 2017

Biology Master's Alumna Publishes in Zoology . Congratulations to Shelby Creager, former student of Department of Biological Sciences faculty member Dr. Marianne Porter, for getting her Master's thesis work published!  


November 13, 2017

OwlGEMS receive a bronze medal at the 2017 iGEM Jamboree. Congratulations to the OwlGEMS team for winning a bronze medal at the iGEM Giant Jamboree, the largest Synthetic Biology competition in the world with over 100 countries represented! 


November 8, 2017

Short Term Synaptic Plasticity Study Awarded a National Institute of Health Research Grant. Congratulations to Dr. Greg Macleod for receiving a four-year research grant from the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke!


November 3, 2017

Congratulations to Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Championship winners! Congratulations to Integrative Biology students, Keith Murphy (First Runner-Up) and Boris Tezak (Championship Winner and People's Choice Winner)


November 1, 2017

Congratulations to Tevin Ali, Biology student alum - Class of 2017, that was named 'Intern of the Year' by the Florida Association for Colleges and Employers.


October 30, 2017

Integrative Biology Student Presents at CSHL Neurobiology of Drosophila Meeting. Congratulations to Tyrone Penserga of the Godenschwege laboratory for being chosen to present during the 'Disease Models and Mechanisms' session! 


October 27, 2017

UNIMAID Delegation Visits FAU. Dr. Esiobu of the Biology Department has spearheaded the collaborations between FAU and the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), Nigeria for educational cooperation in the areas of climate change and environmental studies, protection and conservation. 


October 25, 2017

FAU Recognized as Leader in Undergraduate Research. The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) has selected Florida Atlantic University as one of three recipients of the 2017 Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA)!


October 20, 2017

IB PhD Alumna Receives 2017 Outstanding Young Owl Award. Congratulations to Dr. Chandana Buddhala for receiving this prestigious award! 


October 16, 2017

Integrative Biology Alum Publishes in Nature . Brian Orr, who received his PhD for the work that he did in Dr. Rod Murphey's laboratory, recently published a research article in Nature (vol 550; pg 109-113) showing that semaphorin-2B is the retrograde factor that regulates synaptic strength. 


October 14, 2017

College of Science Expeditions at Explore FAU . The Biological Sciences Department had several faculty, staff, and students present their research at the FAU Expo for High School students. Thank you to everyone that participated and showcased our department! 


October 9, 2017

FAU Neuroscience Student Organization (NSO) Colloquium Series. Join the FAU NSO for a presentation By Ingo Gotthard about "Autism Spectrum Disorder - from genetics to neuronal circuit impairments." Cookies and coffee will be served! 


October 6, 2017

Palm Beach Post  Highlights NIH Grants Awarded to FAU, Scripps and MPFI . FAU received $5.4 million, up from last year’s $4.9 million. FAU raised its grant game in large part by recruiting out-of-state scientists with NIH funding.


October 2, 2017

New Program for Recent College Graduates. The FAU Brain Institute welcomed its inaugural class of post-baccalaureate Brain Institute Research Scholars. Three students will pursue full-time research in the labs of mentors Janet Robishaw, Ph.D., Ken Dawson-Scully, Ph.D. and Randy Blakely, Ph.D., prior to entering FAU as medical students.


September 29, 2017

First Video of Rare Monkey featured in FAU's Digital Magazine. Thanks to the work of primatologist Kate Detwiler, Ph.D., FAU is at the epicenter of ground-breaking research involving the Dryas Monkey, an endangered species located in one of the world’s most remote regions — the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Lomami National Park.


September 21, 2017


SIZE DOESN'T MATTER - AT LEAST FOR HAMMERHEADS AND SWIMMING. Dr. Marianne Porter of the Biological Sciences Department had her research published and got the cover of the recent issue of Journal of Experimental Biology . Congratulations to Dr. Porter and her students, IB PhD student Sarah Hoffmann and undergraduate researcher Matthew Warren.  


September 14, 2017

Dr. Tanja Godenschwege of the Biological Sciences Department had her research published in  PLOS Biology . This study established a role for  insulin/insulin-like growth factor signaling in regulating the trafficking of gap junctional proteins that is conserved over the large evolutionary distance between  Drosophila melanogaster  (fruit flies) and humans, and between different cell types.


September 8, 2017

Brain Institute featured in Florida Trend magazine. The September issue of the magazine featured an article about FAU’s Neuroscience Pillar and the Brain Institute.


August 25, 2017

Dr. Tanja Godenschwege of the Biological Sciences Department and her recent graduate Sirisha Kudumala had their research published in  PLOS One . This study established the Drosophila Giant Fiber neurons (GF) as a novel model to study axonal trafficking of L1-type Cell Adhesion Molecules (CAM) Neuroglian (Nrg) in the adult CNS using live imaging. 


August 23, 2017

Neuroscience Images Featured in FAU's First Digital Research Magazine. Many researchers of the Biological Sciences Department, Jupiter Life Science Initiative and Brain Institute had their images featured on the 'Brains Illustrated' cover story. 


August 22, 2017

Prestigious Fellowship Awarded to Biology Master's Student. Congratulations to Biology Master's student Danielle Dodge who was chosen for the prestigious 30-year old NOAA Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.  


August 21, 2017

Graduate College Fellowship Recipients. Congratulations to the Integrative Biology PhD students that have received scholarships from the Graduate College. 


August 14, 2017

FAU Biology student and alumnus recognized as emerging scholars. Gabrielle Rind, Biology major, and Dawit Rumicha, recent Biology graduate, were each given the Emerging Scholar Award at the 17 th  International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations in Toronto, Canada. The two also gave a research presentation on diversity in higher education during the conference.


August 9, 2017

Dr. Kailiang Jia of the Biological Sciences Department had his NIH-funded study recently published in  PLOS Genetics . This is the first study to demonstrate how autophagy, a garbage-disposal like process where cells remove debris they produce - combined with food absorption and food smell - impacts the aging process, primarily by diet restriction. 


August 4, 2017

Dr. Ken Dawson-Scully of the Biological Sciences Department has been named the 2017 Distinguished Researcher! This award is given once a year to a researcher who leads by inventing and innovating by the Florida Atlantic Research and Development Authority (FARDA), which operates the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University. 


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