McCollough Institute for Pre-Medical Scholars announcement

The McCollough Institute for Pre-Medical Scholars offers a minor in interdisciplinary studies on medicine to a small cohort of aspiring physicians. McCollough scholars form a living-learning community investigating big picture questions about the art of medicine. The McCollough Scholars program would likely be of interest to incoming biology majors interested in medicine. More details are […]

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Chtarbanova Lab examines link between brain tumor and neurodegeneration in the model organism Drosophila

In this collaborative work, Dr. Chtarbanova and colleagues discover a novel mutation in the gene brat, that leads to the formation of brain tumors and progressive, age-dependent neurodegeneration. Although cancer and neurodegeneration appear as two very different diseases, they share the disruption of common cellular pathways. This novel fly mutant could serve as an excellent […]

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Congratulations to the 2018 BioFest winners!

BioFest is an annual Department of Biological Sciences tradition where new students are welcomed and current students present their research via a poster colloquium. We are proud of our talented and hard-working students and pleased to acknowledge these winners: 1st place – Identifying Epigenetic Modulators of Neuronal Resilience in the C. elegans Dopaminergic System. Anthony […]

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DBS Faculty Awarded NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity on Freshwater Mussels

The National Science Foundation has funded a $1.8 million Dimensions of Biodiversity award to UA faculty Carla Atkinson and Jeff Lozier and collaborators at the University of Mississippi to study the evolutionary ecology of freshwater mussels. Learn more about the project at http://mussels.ua.edu/. […]

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Dr. Secor’s Laboratory of Evolutionary and Integrative Physiology featured in Lab Manger

Although flies, mice, and rabbits might be the first laboratory research organisms that come to mind, the Laboratory of Evolutionary and Integrative Physiology led by Dr. Stephen Secor employs an atypical but very useful laboratory species – the Burmese python – as a research model. Learn about this remarkable species and how the Secor lab […]

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Fall 2018 Seminar Schedule

DBS seminars are on Fridays from 12 – 1 PM in 2006 North Lawn. Date Speaker Speaker’s Institution Host Faculty/Advisor 08/24/18 Nate Swenson University of Maryland Atkinson 09/07/18 Jason Rohr University of South Florida G. Becker 09/14/18 Steve Saul Arizona State Ferguson 09/21/18 Alexis Janosik The University of West Florida Kocot 09/28/18 Kevin Kuehn Southern […]

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Bama Biology Bootcamp for incoming BSC majors (and others) 8/11-8/17

Bama Biology Bootcamp (B³) is a one-week (August 11th – 17th, 2018) intensive program for incoming Biological Sciences majors and other freshmen enrolled in  BSC114 or 118 for the Fall 2018 semester. Its purpose is to help first year college students make a successful transition from the expectations of high school to those of college, setting the […]

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UA BSC Students, Brucker Nourse and Lacey Kennedy, author commentaries on new animal models on neurological disease as an outcome of graduate course

As part of a graduate level course (BSC 666) at The University of Alabama taught by Prof. Guy Caldwell) on current topics related to use of animal and cellular model systems in studies of human disease, students were assigned papers in press at the scientific journal, Disease Models and Mechanisms to write previews that would highlight […]

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