Biology News, Seminars & Events
Upcoming Seminars & Events
- December 18, 2014: Thesis Defense: Tianyang (Shasha) Ji
- December 18, 2014: Biology Department Holiday Potluck
- December 19, 2014: Progress Report Seminar
- January 23, 2015: BGSA Symposium - Call for Abstracts
- March 2, 2015: Graduate Program for Neuroscience Recruitment
Dec 01, 2014: Traniello Lab in BU Today
Nov 18, 2014: Graduate student Burmester in BU Today
Finnerty Lab student is "Coral Whisperer"
BU Today covers the work of Marine Biology graduate student Liz Burmester, as she discusses her work in the Finnerty Lab, at the New England Aquarium and with collaborators Dr. Les Kaufman and Dr. Randi Rotjan.
Nov 07, 2014: Dr. Pam Templer talks Urban Landscapes
Boston as an Ecosystem
The Boston Globe talks to EBE faculty member Dr. Pam Templer about her research on "urban landscapes" with Earth & Environment's Dr. Lucy Hutyra and graduate student Steve Decina.
Dec 12, 2014: Prof. David Waxman Cited in Nature
Prof. David Waxman was extensively cited in a recent news article in Nature called "Sex differences:Luck of the chromosomes," written by Courtney Humphries on Dec. 4, 2014. This article is about the striking sex difference (men > women) in the incidence of liver cancer.
Dec 01, 2014: Traniello Lab in BU Today
Nov 10, 2014: Could Bird Brains Lead to Human Cures?
Prof. Timothy Gardner's Research
The anaesthetized zebra finch slumbers peacefully on a lab table, a tiny feathered bundle save for the top of its head, which sports a fleshy oval from which feathers, skin, and bone have been peeled back. Alert: no birds were harmed in the making of this experiment. In fact, for the next year or two after this surgery, Tim Gardner and his lab assistants will monitor the finch as it fulfills a primal urge: to sing.
The operation will implant in the finch’s brain Lilliputian carbon fiber electrodes invented by Gardner, a College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of biology. What will happen next can be seen in a cage against the back wall. There, another finch with electrodes already implanted hops to and fro with a wire trailing out of its head and into a nearby console. A screen displays the spiking of the brain neurons that control the finch’s song.
Read more from BU Today's article, "Could Bird Brains Lead to Human Cures?"
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.
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.
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.