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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Dr. Ciesla awarded NSF grant to study a novel magnetic separation method to isolate compounds for drug discovery

Natural products are rich in biologically active (bioactive) compounds and serve as great sources for drug discovery. One of the major challenges in screening drug leads from natural products is the lack of effective tools to identify and separate the bioactive compounds. This project with PI Dr. Yuping Baio (CBE) will develop and characterize a […]

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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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