BSC welcomes Dr. Monica Kersh-Becker as an assistant professor

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama is pleased to introduce Dr. Monica Kersch-Becker as a new assistant professor. After receiving her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2014, Dr. Kersch-Becker held a postdoctoral position at the State University of Campinas in Brazil and in 2017 joined our department as a visiting scholar. […]

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New study co-authored by BSC graduate student MaryBeth Rowland sheds light on cnidarian (e.g., coral) immune system

Coral disease is a major threat to reef ecosystems and therefore understanding the molecular and cellular pathways that corals use to combat diseases is critical to reducing future outbreaks. A new study published in Developmental and Comparative Immunology that was co-authored by BSC graduate student MaryBeth rowland focused on tyrosinase-like proteins in cnidarians (e.g., corals). […]

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Jennie Thies (Caldwell lab) awarded NIH Diversity Research Supplement

Congratulations to Jennie Thies (Caldwell lab) for receiving an NIH Diversity Research Supplement! This highly competitive award is a 2-year grant that supports ongoing dissertation research training for individuals from under-represented groups. It will allow Jennie to focus solely on lab work without having the demands of teaching. With this award she will be able […]

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BSC welcomes Dr. Nathan Jones

Dr. Nathan Jones

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama is pleased to introduce Dr. Nathan Jones, a new assistant professor who will join the faculty in August 2019.  After receiving his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 2015, Dr. Jones held postdoctoral positions at the same institution and at the University of Maryland/National Socio-Environmental Synthesis […]

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BSC research helps shed light on last common ancestor of animals

A new publication in the journal Nature has called into question a long-held hypothesis about the last common ancestor of animals. A group of single-celled (or colonial) protists called choanoflagellates are the closest living relatives of animals. Choanoflagellate cells have a whip-like flagellum surrounded by a basket-like structure that they use to capture and eat […]

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Dr. Kocot’s team discovers bizarre new species and sheds light on molluscan evolution

Aplacophorans are unusual shell-less and worm-shaped molluscs related to snails, slugs, clams, and octopus. About 300 species are known to science but because there are only a handful of scientists worldwide studying the group, it is estimated that there are likely tenfold more species waiting to be discovered. Little is known about aplacophoran evolutionary history, […]

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