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.


July 16, 2018

Alex Keene Featured on PBS SciTech Now Episode. Dr. Alex Keene discusses his research on sleep using the Mexican cavefish as a model system.


July 13, 2018

FAU Partnerships Create Opportunities for Students. Local biotech companies in connection with the FAU Jupiter campus offer new skills training and potential internships for FAU students.


July 9, 2018

Nerve regeneration study designs "closed-loop" system to study damaged nerve cells in real-time. Dr. Jianning Wei, Associate Professor of Biomedical Science and Biology graduate program faculty, is part of an interdisciplinary team of FAU scientists recently funded by the NIH.


July 6, 2018

Congratulations to Alexis Martin, Biology undergraduate, and her faculty mentor Dr. Diane Baronas-Lowell, Biology faculty member, for presenting at the 2018 Tiny Earth Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin. Her poster focused on the discovery of novel cyclic depsi-lipopeptide isolated from soil bacteria in Palm Beach County.


July 5, 2018

Inaugural recipients of the College of Science Initiative to Stimulate Extramural Research Funding: Internal Grants Program. Congratulations to Drs. Rindy Anderson and Erik Noonburg, Biology faculty members for receiving funding!  


July 2, 2018

Deep-sea Sponges May Hold Key to Antibiotic Drug Resistance. Drs. Peter McCarthy and Guojun Wang, Biology Graduate Program and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute faculty members, along with others, examined 50 actinobacteria strains from deep sea marine samples to look for new anti-infective agents.


June 28, 2018

Synaptic Functional Properties Study Awarded NIH Research Grant. Dr. Greg Macleod, Associate Professor in the Biological Sciences Department and Honors College and JLSI faculty member, has received a four-year NIH R01 grant for his collaborative project with Dr. Kathaleen O'Connor-Giles (University of Wisconsin-Madison).


June 25, 2018

Population Genomics Study Awarded NIH Research Grant. Dr. Alex Keene, Associate Professor in the Biological Sciences Department and JLSI faculty member, has received a four-year NIH R01 grant for his collaborative project with Dr. Suzanne McGaugh (University of Minnesota).


June 22, 2018

The Origins and Evolution of Sleep. Drs. Alex Keene and Erik Duboue, Biological Sciences and JLSI faculty members, published a review in the Journal of Experimental Biology that describes the contributions of classical and emergent genetic model systems to investigate mechanisms underlying sleep regulation and potentially identify novel drug targets and approaches to treat sleep-related diseases.


June 18, 2018

Congratulations to IB PhD alumnus Dr. Ramon Garcia-Areas for receiving a postdoctoral fellowship award from the PRESTIGE Programme in France!


June 12, 2018

2018 Neuroscience Pilot Awards. Congratulations to Biology and Jupiter Life Science Initiative faculty members for receiving 2018 Neuroscience Pilot Awards: Ken Dawson-Scully, Tanja Godenschwege, Kailiang Jia, Robert Stackman!


June 8, 2018

NSF-URM Publishes Paper. Congratulations to Leonardo Calle, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Gawlik, for publishing his research in the journal Ecological Monographs!


June 4, 2018

Congratulations to Nadia Sial, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Dawson-Scully, for being highlighted in the Owl Research & Innovation online magazine. Sial became one of the nation’s youngest medical students when she was accepted into the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine last year as the inaugural class of the FAU High School M.D. Direct pipeline program.


June 1, 2018

Congratulations to IB PhD student Stephanie Kelly and recent graduate Monica Risley, both of whom worked in the laboratory of Dr. Ken Dawson-Scully, for publishing two papers in the Journal of Experimental Biology and Invertebrate Neuroscience  in the last month!


May 28, 2018

IB PhD Alum Wins Award from the French Senate. Congratulations to Dr. Ramon Garcia-Areas for receiving a medal of recognition for his work with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Honduran government to create research programs in Honduras.


May 25, 2018

Genessee Scientific Drosophila Art Gallery. Congratulations to Julieta Di Mase, a MS student that works in the laboratory of Dr. Ken Dawson-Scully, for having her watercolor fruit fly painting featured on the (a division of Genessee Scientific) Drosophila Art Gallery!


May 21, 2018

2018 Flies on the Beach Research Symposium. The annual South Florida Drosophila Research Consortium meeting unites South Florida researchers using fruit flies as a model organism. This year's events included FAU, UM, FIU, UF, Scripps Florida, and a guest lecture from the Perrimon lab at Harvard University.  


May 16, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Lucia Carvelli, member of the Brain Institute and JLSI research group on the FAU Jupiter campus, for getting a paper accepted in Frontiers in Physiology, the second most cited journal in the physiology field!


May 11, 2018

FAU Alum and Former Undergrad of the Year Publishes Paper. Congratulations to Sabah Ali, FAU alum who worked with Dr. Rindy Anderson, for publishing a paper in a top ornithology journal, The Auk.


May 7, 2018

IB PhD Spring 2018 Graduates. Congratulations to the following (PI name in parentheses): Jennifer Krill (Ken Dawson-Scully), Olena Mahneva (Sarah Milton & Ken Dawson-Scully), Keith Murphy (Ken Dawson-Scully), Monica Risley (Ken Dawson-Scully), Brittany Stinson (Keith Brew), and Michael Studivan (Joshua Voss).


May 2, 2018

FAU Graduate a National Winner of a $20,000 Graduate Scholarship. Congratulations to Tevin Ali, FAU graduate and in a biotechnology entrepreneurship program at Johns Hopkins, for receiving a $20,000 National Graduate Scholarship by Sallie Mae and Scholarship America!


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