Biology News, Seminars & Events
Upcoming Seminars & Events
- September 22, 2014: Biology Department Weekly Seminar
- September 23, 2014: Brown Bag Lunch Series
- September 24, 2014: CSN & IPMNS Seminar Series
- September 26, 2014: Bio Brunch
- September 26, 2014: Neuroscience Student Seminar
Sep 11, 2014: Frydman Lab students receive honors
Toomey received 2nd best oral presentation with “Mechanisms of Wolbachia tropism to the stem cell niche in the Drosophila testis.”
Simhadri received 3rd best oral presentation with “Modulation of microbiome of Drosophila melanogaster by Wolbachia”
Sep 11, 2014: Hansen Lab student wins Fellowship
CM graduate student Patrick Stoiber of the Ulla Hansen lab was awarded a Boston University Cross-Disciplinary Training in Nanotechnology for Cancer Fellowship.
Sep 11, 2014: Museum of Natural History Awards Lesneski
Kaufman/Finnerty student recognized by AMNH
Prof. Ed Loechler involved in this Petition
Professor Edward Loecheler was featured in BU Today's article, "BU Faculty Petition Urges Diverstment from fossil fuel companies." He was one of the faculty members to present this petition to President Robert Brown.
"In an effort to combat climate change, 245 BU faculty members have signed a petition asking the University to divest oil, gas, and coal companies from its endowment.
The petition was presented by four faculty members and one student yesterday to President Robert A. Brown, who said he would forward it to the trustees when they meet in two weeks and to the University’s Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing, which was created last year."
Sep 09, 2014: Innovation Career Development Professorship
Awarded to Prof. Timothy Gardner
The Office of the Provost at Boston University has announced the awardees for both Peter Paul and Innovation Career Development Professorships. Boston University has the pleasure of recognizing a handful of talented junior educators emerging as future leaders within their respective fields through these awards.
Prof. Timothy Gardner, Assistant Professor of Biology, CAS and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, ENG, has been awarded the Innovation Career Development Professorship. Prof. Gardner’s translational research in systems neuroscience bridges concepts of biology and physics to produce technology for recording neural activity in awake and behaving animals. The recipient of a Burroughs Welcome Fund Career Award and a Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research, he received dual doctorates in Physics and Biology from Rockefeller University and his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Princeton University. He completed his postdoctoral training at Rockefeller University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jun 13, 2014: Paul Lipton, New UROP Director
Paul Lipton, a College of Arts & Sciences professor of neuroscience and director of the undergraduate neuroscience program, has been named the new director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), which provides funding for faculty-mentored research by undergrad students in the humanities, natural sciences, medicine, arts, and education. Effective in August, Lipton succeeds Thomas Gilmore, a CAS professor of biology and a School of Medicine adjunct professor of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, who has led UROP for the past seven years.
Please visit the new Biology Alumni Newsletter, Summer 2013 edition.
Jul 28, 2014: BU PhD Alum Named Executive Director
Dr. Noemi Custodia-Lora excells at Northern Essex Community College
Dr. Noemi Custodia-Lora, a former doctoral student of Dr. Ian Callard, will be the new face of Northern Essex Community College in Lawrence.
Custodia-Lora has been appointed executive director of Northern Essex Community College’s Lawrence campus and community relation.
She has been a member of the faculty in the Natural Sciences Department since 2003.
She was appointed assistant dean of Foundational Studies and Liberal Arts & Sciences in 2011.
Mar 24, 2014: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fellow Award
Eva Fast, a recent Ph.D. graduate (September 2013) who worked with Professor Horacio Frydman, has been selected for a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society FELLOW Award for a three year period. She is currently a postdoc in Professor Leonard Zon's lab at the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University. In her project she will elucidate novel pathways controlling self-renewal in hematopoietic stem cells.
In addition, Dr. Fast will be honored at the Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony by giving the student speech at the annual event to be held on May 16, 2014 this year.
Mar 10, 2014: Alum Josh Drew in Scienceline
Drew partners with fishermen to help conservation
Every year for the past nine years, Drew has packed his bags and spent about a month in Fiji to collect fish samples and build ties with the local communities. “He studies the sociology of people, not just fish,” says Les Kaufman, an ecology professor at Boston University who oversaw part of Drew’s doctorate research. “You don’t see too many conservation geneticists do that. Very few get the human dimension and Josh is one of them.”...
Jelle Atema's laboratory focuses on three research areas: chemical ecology of lobsters, navigation in sharks, and dispersal in larval reef fishes.
Michael Baum's research is aimed at the mechanisms controlling the sexual differentiation and adult display of courtship behaviors in mice.
Cynthia Bradham's research is focused on understanding secondary (dorsal-ventral) axis specification and patterning in the sea urchin.
Pete Buston's research grapples with questions at the frontiers of behavioral ecology, population ecology and marine ecology.
Gloria Callard's research focuses on the biosynthesis and actions of estradiol.
John Celenza's research focuses on plant development, molecular biology, and genetics.
Lecturer Elizabeth Co focuses her passions on teaching and learning about the structure of human body and its diseases.
Geoffrey Cooper's laboratory studies the roles of proto-oncogene proteins in the signal transduction pathways that control proliferation and survival of mammalian cells.
Vincent Dionne's research examines the cellular mechanisms underlying detection, discrimination, and encoding of sensory information.
William Eldred's research is studying how the neurons in the retina communicate with one another using biochemical pathways.
Horacio Frydman's research generally focuses on understanding how microorganisms and their hosts interact at different biological levels (e.g., molecular, cellular, genetic, ecological and evolutionary).
Adrien Finzi's research focuses on the factors regulating productivity and nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems.
Wally Fulweiler's laboratory is focused on understanding the impact humans have on marine systems.
Tim Gardner's laboratory studies neural circuits and their development, specifically vocal learning in songbirds.
Thomas Gilmore's research focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which certain genes can transform normal cells into malignant cells, and the normal control of cellular growth by these genes.
Ulla Hansen's research involves understanding how regulation of gene expression in mammalian cells controls cell growth and responses to hormones.
Angela Ho's research concerns the molecular and cellular basis of synaptic function and alzheimer’s disease.
Les Kaufman's laboratory is devoted to understanding the creation, maintenance, extinction, and conservation of aquatic diversity.
Hans Kornberg's current research focuses on the metabolic routes by which mutants of E coli, which are devoid of the genes that normally affect utilization of fructose are able to grow on fructose as sole carbon source.
Trevor Siggers's laboratory uses integrative biochemical and genomic approaches to study gene regulation in the immune and inflammatory systems.
Jen-Wei Lin's main research focus is on the biophysical events underlying neurotransmitter release.
Phillip Lobel is interested in fundamental concepts of fish biology and in applying this knowledge to scientific issues and to societal concerns of fisheries management and conservation.
Edward Loechler's lab investigates the DNA polymerases involved in mutagenic and non-mutagenic bypass of DNA damage.
Hengye Man is interested in understanding the cellular/molecular mechanisms underlying AMPAR synaptic localization and synaptic plasticity.
Kim McCall's laboratory is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of programmed cell death and its role in development.
Sean Mullen's laboratory is focused on understanding how adaptive phenotypic variation arises and is maintained in natural populations.
Frank Naya's research includes dissecting the in vivo role of the myocyte enhancer factor-2 (MEF2) family of transcription factors in muscle development.
Richard Primack's lab is investigating the impact of climate change on the flowering times of plants and the spring arrival of birds in Massachusetts, Japan, and South Korea.
Christopher Schneider's laboratory combines field studies with a variety of molecular genetic and phenotypic analyses to study adaptation, population biology, systematics, biogeography, and speciation of amphibians and reptiles.
Daniel Segrè develops theoretical approaches and computational models for the study of complex biological networks.
Michael Sorenson's research emphasizes molecular genetic approaches to problems in avian systematics, population biology, and behavioral ecology.
Kathryn Spilios is a lecturer and the director of instructional labs for the Department of Biology.
Nathan Stewart is a lecturer and focuses his interests on the influence of habitat complexity, potential prey quality, and predator avoidance on resource selection in animals.
John Finnerty studies coastal marine invertebrates in order to answer fundamental questions concerning biodiversity.
Pamela Templer is interested in ecosystem ecology and the influence that plant-microbial interactions have on nutrient cycling, retention, and loss.
Dean Tolan is interested in biochemistry, enzymology, molecular and human genetics, evolution, and the developmental biology of aldolases.
James Traniello studies the ecological factors that have influenced the genetics of colonies and populations, the behavioral mechanisms of cooperation, and the neural basis of social behavior.
Karen Warkentin's laboratory examines developing organisms in an ecological context.
Fred Wasserman's area of research is in Animal Behavior.
David Waxman is interested in molecular endocrinology and cell signaling through transcriptional networks, cancer gene therapy and pharmacology, liver genes and transcriptional control, and orphan receptors and responses to environmental chemicals.
Eric Widmaier is primarily interested in the molecular and behavioral mechanisms that result in obesity or weight gain in mammals.