News

Greg Starr wins the President’s Faculty Research Award

Greg Starr has been recognized as the outstanding senior investigator in Physical and Biological Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering. Greg’s research concerns human effects on global ecosystems and natural resources.

Dr. Kocot’s research on crown-of-thorns sea star published in Nature

The crown-of-thorns sea star genome was published in Nature. Read a press release about it in The Australian and BBC News. Link to the paper: Hall, Kocot, and Baughman et al. 2017 Nature doi:10.1038/nature22033.

Marcus lab students Elan Strange and Lacey Kennedy earn first place awards for presentations at scientific conference

Two student researchers in Dr. Stevan Marcus’s lab, Elan Strange (M.S. student) and Lacey Kennedy (B.S. student), earned first place awards for their presentations at the 2017 Southeastern Regional Yeast Meeting. Elan earned first place in the graduate student oral presentation category for his talk entitled “The CDP-ethanolamine branch of the Kennedy Pathway plays a […]

Dr. Katrina Ramonell recognized with the Morris L Mayer Award

Associate Professor Katrina Ramonell has been presented with the Morris L Mayer Award, which recognizes a member of the faculty who exemplifies the life of Dr. Morris L. Mayer: selfless and significant service and leadership for the UA community and significant contributions to student life and integrity. Dr. Ramonell was recognized on Honors Day 2017 for her […]

Winners of the 2017 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference

The research accomplishments of the following students were recognized at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference on 30 March 2017. Oral presentations 1st place Samuel Stanley Faculty mentors: Kim Caldwell and Guy Caldwell Investigation of dopamine neuron degeneration as a consequence of microbiome-derived bacterial metabolites 3rd place Zain Aryanpour Faculty Mentor: Stevan Marcus Investigating […]

Prof. Guy Caldwell named Distinguished Research Professor

Department of Biological Sciences Professor Guy Caldwell has been named University Distinguished Research Professor by the Board of Trustees. Congratulations Guy!

Professor Paul LeBlanc retires

Professor Paul LeBlanc has retired from the Department of Biological Sciences effective at the end of the fall semester. We will miss Paul’s wisdom and insight and his encyclopedic knowledge of the curriculum and course-planning process. A reception celebrating Paul’s retirement was held on December 8.  

Earley article featured in Nature News

A recent article co-authored by Dr. Ryan Earley was recently featured in Nature News. The article cast doubt on the use of mirrors in fish behavior studies.

Phospholipid deficit linked to Parkinson’s Disease

A team of researchers that included the laboratory of Drs. Guy and Kim Caldwell has shown that low levels of the phospholipid phosphatidylethanolamine lead to high levels of the protein alpha-synuclein, a protein linked to Parkinson’s Disease. The work was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Graduate student Brandon Hill attends conference with Nobel laureates

Biological Sciences doctoral student Brandon Hill is attending this week a conference featuring 37 Nobel Prize winners, in Lindau Germany. The conference will feature lectures and workshops by the laureates. Hill was selected to attend as one of 600 graduate students from 80 countries. He is working in the laboratory of Dr. Carol Duffy.