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.


January 15, 2021

IBBS PhD Candidate Publishes Paper. Sean Paz, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Massimo Caputi, recently co-authored a paper that develops a simplified COVID-19 diagnostic method to ramp up testing.


January 12, 2021

FAU 2020 Year in Review. Florida Atlantic University reflects on an unforgettable year.


January 8, 2021

Documentary Wins Two Suncoast EMMY Awards. The WLRN-TV documentary "Troubled Waters: A Turtle's Tale" that features the research of Dr. Jeanette Wyneken recently won two Suncoast EMMY Awards.


January 4, 2021

2020 Tech Fee Proposal Award Recipients. Congratulations to Drs. David Binninger and Danielle Scheurle, who received $73,482 for "Instrument Replacement for Microbiology Teaching Laboratories” and to Drs. Diane Baronas-Lowell and Lyndon West for their proposal “Tiny Earth at FAU Strengthens Interdisciplinary Educational Experiences” in the amount of $50,738.97.


December 28, 2020

IB PhD Student Publishes Paper. Braden Ruddy, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Marianne Porter, recently published a paper in the scientific journal Drones. The study used drones to examine swimming behavior in free swimming sharks and was also co-authored by Dr. Stephen Kajiura.


December 23, 2020

FAU Grad, Entrepreneur Passionate About Helping People. Hannah Herbst, who worked as an undergraduate researcher in FAU’s Biomechanics Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Marianne Porter, has accomplished more than some do in a lifetime – all before turning 20 years old.


December 21, 2020

Neuroscience Building on FAU's Jupiter Campus. Construction of the new Neuroscience building is underway. Crews are prepping the site where a 58,000-square-foot, $35 million facility will create space for more than 30 researchers.


December 18, 2020

IB PhD Candidate Featured on News Channel. Olumide Adenmosun was recently featured on News Central TV Nigeria discussing how his startup tech can provide a technology-based solution to fight insurgency in Nigeria.


December 16, 2020

IB PhD Candidate Featured in Online Newspapers. Olumide Adenmosun's start-up companies Eurekan Biotechnologies and DNAEnsemble were featured in the Nigerian Tribune and the Guardian. 

Nigerian Tribune: COVID-19: Eurekan Biotech, ACEGID, others validate 30-minute diagnostic kit

The Guardian: DNAEnsemble: Fixing Nigeria’s (NoDIS) in 90 days!


December 14, 2020

Stunning Discovery Finds Bonefish Dive ‘Deep’ into the Abyss to Spawn. Steven Lombardo, an IBMO PhD candidate who works in the laboratory of Dr. Matt Ajemian, recently published a paper in the scientific journal Marine Biology that will be instrumental for conservation efforts for the economically and culturally important fish (Albula vulpes)species. 


December 10, 2020

IB PhD Alumna Publishes Paper. Dr. Alexandra Lolavar, who worked in the laboratory of Dr. Jeanette Wyneken, recently published the final chapter of her dissertation research in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.


December 7, 2020

IB PhD Alumna Spotlight on Podcast. Dr. Chelsea Bennice, who worked in the laboratory of Dr. Randy Brooks, was recently interviewed in the "So You Want to Be a Marine Biologist?" podcast. Dr. Bennice covers‌ ‌advice‌ ‌for‌ ‌aspiring‌ ‌marine‌ ‌biologists,‌ ‌tales‌ ‌from‌ ‌more‌ ‌than‌ ‌four‌ ‌hundred‌ ‌hours‌ ‌of‌ ‌underwater‌ ‌study,‌ ‌and‌ ‌her‌ ‌fascinating‌ ‌ octo pus‌ ‌research.‌


December 4, 2020

FAU Receives NIH Grant to Enhance Social Engagement in Older Adults. FAU neuroscience, physics and nursing researchers have received a grant from the National Institute of Aging to test a mathematical model designed to optimize social and physical engagement in older adults.


December 1, 2020

Biology Faculty Featured in The New York Times. Dr. Alex Keene's in-depth look into the underappreciated phenomenon of caterpillar aggression.



Updated January 15, 2021