BSC graduate student Meghan Yap-Chiongco awarded best poster at SEEC

Congratulations to Meghan Yap-Chiongco for winning Best Poster at the 2019 Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference in Auburn, AL! Meghan is a Ph.D. student in the Kocot lab. Her dissertation research is focused on biomineralization in Mollusca. Most studies on molluscan biomineralized structures have focused on conchiferan (e.g., snail or bivalve) shells. Aplacophorans are from […]

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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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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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Alabama-Auburn collaboration leads to discovery of a novel genetic code in hemichordates

Hemichordates are a group of work-like animals closely related to our own phylum. A new collaborative study between the Kocot lab and the Halanych lab at Auburn University analyzed the mitochondrial genomes of this evolutionary important lineage. Contrary to the current understanding of the mitochondrial genetic code,  comparative analyses suggest that UAA encodes tyrosine instead […]

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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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Assistant Professor Positions in Ecohydrology, Macroevolutionary Comparative and Quantitative Biology, and Cellular & Molecular Physiology

The Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Alabama invites applications for three full-time (9- month) tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor in Ecohydrology, Macroevolutionary Comparative and Quantitative Biology, and Cellular & Molecular Physiology to begin August 2018. For the Ecohydrology position, the successful applicant will establish an extramurally funded and […]

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Assistant teaching professor positions available in Biological Sciences at UA

The Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Alabama seeks to hire three assistant teaching professor positions for Fall 2018 start dates. These are non-tenure track renewable contract (NTRC) faculty, each with three-year contracts, subject to annual reviews.   Position 1: Assistant Teaching Professor Job # 0810897 Primary teaching duties will entail large-enrollment undergraduate […]

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BSC graduate students Tollette and Ledford receive awards from Alabama Water Resources Association

Department of Biological Sciences graduate students Derek Tollette and Taylor Ledford, who study at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, received the 1st and 2nd place awards, respectively, for their poster presentations at the Alabama Water Resources Association Conference held on September 7-8 in Perdido Beach.  The Alabama Water Resources Conference is the premiere water conference in […]

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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 […]

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