New BSC study on innate immune responses to paraquat exposure in a Drosophila model of Parkinson’s disease

A new study in Scientific Reports by Dr. Urmila Maitra, Mr. Michael Scaglione, Dr. Stanislava Chtarbanova, and Dr. Janis O’Donnell used transcriptomic profiling in a Drosophila Parkinson’s Disease model in response to paraquat-induced oxidative stress. Their results revealed extensive regulation of innate immune response genes following paraquat ingestion. This work provides a novel link between […]

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Dr. Harris awarded NSF RAPID to rescue Saint Louis University’s frozen tissue collection and house at UA Ichthyological Collection

Saint Louis University Museum’s Genetic Resources & Collections (GRC) amassed a collection of approximately 63,000 catalogued and vouched specimens or tissues from over 6,600 species of freshwater and marine fishes since its beginning in 1983. The GRC contains important temporal samples, extensive within-species geographic sampling for North American taxa, a broad taxonomic sampling of freshwater […]

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Congratulations to the 2019 BioFest poster presentation award winners!

BioFest is the annual Department of Biological Sciences welcome to new students, biology career fair, and undergraduate and graduate student research poster colloquium. We had 59 poster presentations and over 800 visitors that signed in!   1st place – “Age-dependent survival and fitness consequences across an extreme salinity gradient in a euryhaline fish, the mangrove rivulus […]

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Dr. McKain and collaborators awarded $3.8M from NSF to study plant invasion genomics

Invasive species threaten biodiversity, impact crops, restructure ecosystems, promote disease, and damage infrastructure, costing the US $120 billion annually. Despite these impacts, understanding of how and why introduced species become invasive is shockingly incomplete. This knowledge gap reflects a lack of information about the early stages of invasions and the role of evolution in promoting […]

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Dr. Reed awarded $2M grant to improve undergraduate education in genomics

Dr. Laura Reed has been awarded a $2M grant from the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education Program: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) to serve the national interest by improving undergraduate education in genomics. As the economy becomes more dependent on science and technology, the need for highly capable STEM workers is increasingly important. As […]

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NEW – Biological Sciences Help Desk provides free assistance with undergraduate core courses

Starting in fall 2019, the Department of Biological Sciences is assigning lecture GTAs to the core/large enrollment BSC majors courses to run the BSC Help Desk. The purpose of the Help Desk is to provide students with additional assistance on lecture material in addition to instructor office hours and services available at the Capstone Center […]

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UA team including Dr. Lukasz Ciesla awarded NSF MRI grant for cryoprobe-equipped NMR spectrometer

This award is jointly funded by the Chemical Research Instrumentation (CRIF) program, the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), and the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program. Dr. Lukasz Ciesla from the Department of Biological Sciences and a team of researchers led by Dr. Paul Rupar from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry were awarded […]

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Drs. Lozier and Fierst awarded NSF Rules of Life grant

Biological Sciences faculty Drs. Jeff Lozier and Janna Fierst were recently awarded a National Science Foundation Rules of Life grant entitled “Bumble bee cold tolerance across elevations – From epigenotype to phenotype across space, time, and levels of biological organization” (https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1921585&HistoricalAwards=false).  The project is a collaboration with faculty at University of Wyoming and Ohio State […]

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BSC graduate student Rebecca Varney (Kocot lab) wins best talk at World Congress of Malacology

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Rebecca Varney for winning a best talk award at the World Congress of Malacology for her presentation on the genome of the chiton Acanthopleura granulata (Mollusca: Polyplacophora)! Abstract of the talk: Molluscan genomic resources continue to increase, but with a marked bias toward bivalves and gastropods. Chitons are models for molluscan […]

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Research on endangered woodpeckers by Dr. Ferguson featured by Wildlife.org

Dr. Paige Ferguson and her co-authors of a study published recently in the Journal for Nature Conservation wanted to see what management methods worked best to increase the abundance of the endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers in a section of the forest and how they could do it while improving forest health, recreation opportunities and other stakeholder […]

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