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.


February, 17, 2020

Most Rehabilitating Sea Turtles with Infectious Tumors Don’t Survive. Caused by a herpesvirus, fibropapillomatosis (FP) is the most significant infectious disease affecting sea turtle populations worldwide. It is widespread in warmer climates like Florida, where almost 70 percent of sea turtles in a population have FP in some places.


February 12, 2020

New Innovative Genetic Technologies Course. The new STEM Training Hub at FAU Jupiter launched its first course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE). Students are learning how to apply innovative Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) gene-editing technologies to identify genes that cause eye, pigmentation and taste disorders. 


February 7, 2020

Special $6,000 sensors will keep daily diaries of blacktip sharks off Palm Beach coast. Dr. Steve Kajiura, Professor of Biology, was recently featured in the Palm Beach Post for his research studying shark migration off the coast of Florida.


February 3, 2020

FAU at the Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Network. Dr. Sarah Milton, Professor of Biology and Interim Chair, is attending the meeting in Corpus Christi along with multiple graduate students that are presenting talks and posters as well as an undergraduate DIR student. Her Ph.D. student Cody Mott also helped to organize the meeting.


February 1, 2020

Study Shows New Way to Treat Stroke Using an Already FDA-Approved Drug. Dr. Jang-Yen Wu, Professor of Biomedical Science and Biology graduate programs, and Dr. Janet Menzie-Suderam, IB PhD alumna, recently published a paper in the Journal of Biomedical Science.


January 31, 2020

JLSI Faculty Member Receives Research Grant. Dr. Carmen Varela, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Jupiter Life Science Initiative (JLSI) faculty member, recently received $75,000 grant from the Whitehall Foundation for a project entitled "Thalamocortical Dynamics Underlying Flexible Memory Consolidation."


January 27, 2020

Local Neuroscientists Gather for Synapse 2020. FAU JLSI research hub recently participated in an annual neuroscience networking event held in collaboration with Scripps Research and Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience. More than 200 of the brightest research scientists and students throughout the region gathered at Scripps Research to network and share their research findings.


January 22, 2020

FAU Professor Featured in Boca Magazine. Dr. Steve Kajiura, Professor of Biology, was recently featured in the "Meet the Expert" series in Boca Magazine in an article entitled "Jaws’ Best Friend: FAU shark researcher Stephen Kajiura hopes to reduce locals’ fear factors."


January 17, 2020

IB PhD Alums Publish Collaborative Research. Drs. Olena Mahneva, Monica Risley, and Ciny John, who all worked in the laboratory of Dr. Ken Dawson-Scully, published a collaborative paper in the scientific journal PLoS One with Dr. Sarah Milton, who also co-advised Mahneva's doctoral research, and Dr. William of Scripps Florida.


January 13, 2020

IB PhD Recent Graduate Publishes Paper. Dr. Alexandra Lolavar, who worked in the laboratory of Dr. Jeanette Wyneken, published a paper entitled "The impact of sand moisture on the temperature-sex ratio responses of developing loggerhead (Caretta caretta) sea turtles" in the scientific journal Zoology.


January 6, 2020

FAU Biology Well-Represented at SICB 2020 Conference. Twenty-five FAU faculty and students attended this year's Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) annual meeting in Austin, TX. The Anderson Lab, Kajiura Lab, Pomponi Lab, Porter Lab, Salmon Lab, and Wyneken Lab attended the events, where 16 of the 25 FAU participants presented their research.


December 20, 2019

Zoo Miami Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). Zoo Miami will offer a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) for college students from across the US beginning in summer 2020.


December 13, 2019

Congratulations Fall 2019 Graduates. The Biological Sciences Department would like to congratulate all of the Fall 2019 MS and PhD graduates!


December 6, 2019

What Can you Do With a Biology Degree? December 2019 Featured Alum. Aaron McFarlane earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from FAU in spring 2019. He is now a graduate student in the Integrative Biology PhD program and working towards pursuing a career in biomedical research.


December 2, 2019

IB PhD Alumna Publishes Paper. Dr. Melissa Reiterer, who worked in the laboratory of Dr. Sarah Milton, recently published an article in the scientific journal Fee Radical Research.



Updated Friday, February 7, 2020