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Apr 14, 2015: The Coral Whisperer

Liz Burmester, biology graduate student, seeks to keep the world's coral reefs alive through her studies on northern star corals at the New England Aquarium. Learn more from BU's Research article, "The Coral Whisperer."

Apr 10, 2015: Tracing Our Roots

Rose Abramoff, a BU biology doctoral student, digs deep under ground to learn more about the air that we breathe overhead. Read more from BU's Research article, "Tracing Our Roots".

Mar 02, 2015: The New Camouflage - You Are What You Eat

If we told you fish disguise themselves by the coral that they eat would you believe us? Well you better because that is the truth! Learn more about this new discover in filefish's camouflage technique in BU's marine biologist, Prof. Jelle Atema's research featured in National Geographic, Fish Smell Like the Coral They Eat-Disguise is New to Science.


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Faculty News

Apr 15, 2015: Truths and Half Truths of Climate Change

How do scientists know that ocean and coast waters are getting warm? Prof. Wally Fulweiler's work on Narragansett Bay has spawned an unlikely climate change controversy. Read more in BU Today's article, "Truths and Half Truths."

Apr 14, 2015: Gut Reactions

Professor Daniel Segre uses mathematical modeling to understand the biology behind the human microbiome. Read more on BU's Research article, "Gut Reactions."

Apr 14, 2015: Setting the Stage for Smarter Drugs

Professor Trevor Siggers and his lab use the big-picture systems biology approach to research the functions of the inflammatory system to unlock the secrets of immune responses. The goal of Siggers’ research is to discover which of the thousands of potential locations on the human genome the NF-kB and the HMGA1 proteins actually bind to. Armed with this information, drug developers would be able to create medications that stop the proteins from turning on those genes, and thus could fight inflammatory diseases without the harmful side effects of current medications. Learn more from BU's Research article, "Setting the Stage for Smarter Drugs."

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Alumni News

Please visit the new Biology Alumni Newsletter, Summer 2013 edition.


Oct 06, 2014: Biology Department's 2nd Alumni Weekend Social

The Biology Department hosted its 2nd Biology Department Aumni Weekend Social on Friday, Sept. 19th from 5:00-7:00pm in the Life Science and Engineering Building. Biology alumni came out to this complimentary event to socialize and network with previous classmates and current Biology Faculty. They enjoyed appetizers and beverages, along with two short talks on current research.

Dr. Aruoriwo M. Oboh-Weilke, CAS ‘93, who worked with Professor Michael Baum as an undergraduate and is currently an ophthalmological surgeon and faculty member at Georgetown University Hospital. She presented, “From the Lab to the O.R.”

Dr. Frank Naya, CAS ’86, who worked with Professor Robert Hausman as an undergraduate and is currently an Associate Professor of Biology here at BU. He presented, “Genetic Pathways in Cardiovascular Health and Disease.”

If you were unable to this year, there's always next year. We hope to see you there!

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.

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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.

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