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.


April 7, 2020

FAU: We're here for You. While you’re taking classes online, we want you to know that we are here for you. There are a number of events, programs and services online so we can stay connected, because you’re online and so are we.


April 3, 2020

‘Virtual’ Communication in the Age of Social Distancing. In a world of social distancing and virtual communication due to COVID-19, a first-of-its-kind study compares the fixated gaze of 173 participants in a real-time online connection versus a pre-recorded video.


April 1, 2020

FAU Biology Professor on Apple Podcast Series. Dr. Stephen Kajiura, Professor of Biology, recently did an interview with William McKeever, author of the book Emperors of the Deep. His interview is featured on the episode 'Ocean Warming and Sharks,' which kicks off a 6-part series of interviews with various shark scientists and conservationists.


March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Change Challenge. The Division of Research’s competition is open to students who want to do their part to help the world meet the demands of coronavirus-related challenges.


March 24, 2020

FAU's response to Coronavirus: We're in This Together. As we navigate this unprecedented situation and seek to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, Florida Atlantic University is coming together and will come out stronger than before.


March 20, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates. While no cases have been reported within the FAU community, steps are being taken to ensure we are prepared. Faculty, staff and students should regularly check the University’s designated site for updates on the virus, travel and health guidance, and helpful resources.


March 17, 2020

College of Science Highlights IBNS Student. Morgan Slevin, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Rindy Anderson, was recently featured on the College of Science's Student Spotlight website!


March 13, 2020

Monogamous Female Sea Turtles? Yes, Thanks to Sperm Storage. Drs. Jeanette Wyneken and Colin Hughes' research was featured in the research section of the FAU News Desk.


March 10, 2020

Undergraduate researcher hosts "The Research Diaries" Podcast. Jessica Chomik, a neuroscience student who works in the laboratory of Dr. Alex Keene, is host of the podcast “The Research Diaries” where she shares the “failures, frustrations, and excitement of setting up novel experiments and making new discoveries” from the perspective of an undergraduate student. 


March 6, 2020

Cavefish: Out of the Dark, Into the Limelight. Dr. Alex Keene and his university collaborators, Dr. Johanna Kowalko and Dr. Erik Duboué, are helping FAU emerge as a hub for the growing field of cavefish research.


March 4, 2020

Esioubu Lab Featured on the National News. Dr. Nwadiuto Esiobu made the national news this week, reaching over 6.5 million Americans on multiple national and local TV stations and media outlets. 


March 2, 2020

IB PhD Student Publishes Paper. Amy Makler, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Waseem Asghar, recently published a review paper entitled "Exosomal biomarkers for cancer diagnosis and patient monitoring" in the scientific journal Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics.


February 29, 2020

2020 Science Olympiad. The annual Science Olympiad, hosted by FAU’s College of Science, is almost here! This year’s competition will involve nearly 1000 high school and middle school students from around south Florida.


February 21, 2020

12th Annual IB Retreat A Success. This year the annual Integrative Biology Retreat welcomed the Distinguished Alumni recipient Dr. Kimberly Rowland, Assistant Professor at Lynn University, and keynote speaker Dr. Raul Gonzalez, Professor at Florida International University.


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.


Updated Friday, March 20, 2020