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 FAU Jupiter campus webpage, and the Owl Research & Innovation Magazine.


December 3, 2021

IBES PhD Candidate Featured in 2022 Knauss Fellow Spotlight. Kate Shlepr, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Dale Gawlik, was recently featured as a spotlight for the Knauss Fellowship that she received!


November 29, 2021

Student Spotlight. Jorge Torres, a pre-health Biology major, discusses how he got involved with research and how others can get involved.


November 23, 2021

Student Spotlight. Cesar Rivas discusses how the PSM Business Biotechnology program set him up for success to achieve his future career and academic goals.


November 19, 2021

Student Spotlight. Tsaiace Edwards, a pre-health Biology major, discusses how getting involved helped her make meaningful connections that can last a lifetime.


November 16, 2021

Professional Science Masters in Business Biotechnology: A Successful Track. Check out the latest news from the PSM program. Nearly every student receives a job offer during the internship or shortly after graduation!


November 12, 2021

Study Identifies Four Elements That Lead to Employability. Researchers at Florida Atlantic University and two other schools studied what makes people employable.


November 9, 2021

IBMO PhD Student and Researchers Featured in FAU News Desk Article. Clark Morgan, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Matt Ajemian, was recently featured in an FAU News Desk article along with fellow researchers about a novel tag that provides a detailed look into goliath grouper behavior.


November 5, 2021

Investigating the Ocean's Blue Holes. Scientists from FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute explore mysterious deep, dark holes that extend into the seafloor almost three times deeper than the overlying water column. 


November 2, 2021

Visit FAU College of  Science at the 8th Annual LagoonFest. FAU and research partner exhibits include FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, OctoNation (presented by FAU alumna, “Octogirl,” Chelsea Bennice, Ph.D.), Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 


October 29, 2021

FAU Researchers Heal Deadly Coral Lesions with Common Antibiotic. Dr. Joshua Voss has found a promising treatment for coral disease that has impacted the corals of Florida’s 350-mile coral reef.


October 25, 2021

Biology Faculty Featured in Owl Research & Innovation Magazine. Dr. Michelle Petersen, Assistant Research Professor, was recently featured in an article titled "Long-term Tracking of Wetland Birds."


October 22, 2021

Biology Faculty Member Interviewed on WLRN/NPR. Dr. Sarah Milton was recently interviewed by WLRN/NPR news to discuss her research examining immune function in green sea turtles and linking diseased turtles' weakened immune system to pollution.


October 18, 2021

IB PhD Student Receives NIH F31 Fellowship. Kerriann Badal, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Sathya Puthanveetil at Scripps Florida, was recently awarded a NIH F31 Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research.


October 14, 2021

Molecular Study Finds IRL Green Sea Turtles Biologically Stressed. Dr. Sarah Milton recently published a paper in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases that examined immune function in two populations of non-captive green sea turtles, comparing resident turtles from an area of poor water quality with those in a more pristine environment.


October 11, 2021

2021 Art of Science Photography Contest. The third annual Art of Science photography contest is open to members of the FAU community to showcase the cutting-edge research, scholarship and creativity happening at FAU.


October 7, 2021

Sleep Research Earns FAU Scientist ‘Alzheimer’s Association’ Award. Dr. Carmen Varela, Biology graduate programs faculty member, recently received the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Research Fellowship to Promote Diversity” award to investigate the relationship between sleep patterns and one’s overall brain health.


October 4, 2021

Biology Graduate Students Publish Paper. Alexis Sturm and Ryan Eckert, IB PhD candidates, and Ashley Carreiro, MS student, who all work in the laboratory of Dr. Joshua Voss, recently co-authored a paper in the scientific journal Coral Reefs that highlights the need to conserve mesophotic reef communities in the Florida Keys.



Updated December 3, 2021