Biology News, Seminars & Events
Upcoming Seminars & Events
- September 3, 2014: CSN&IPMNS Seminar Series
- September 8, 2014: Biology Department Weekly Seminar
- September 10, 2014: CSN & IPMNS Seminar Series
- September 12, 2014: Neuroscience Opening Reception
- September 17, 2014: CSN & IPMNS Seminar Series
Jun 17, 2014: Eva Fast wins Belamarich Seminar Award
For outstanding doctoral dissertation in Biology
Eva Fast of the Horacio Frydman Lab was selected as the winner of the Belamarich Award for outstanding doctoral dissertaion in Biology for her thesis "Wolbachia Dynamically Affect Cellular Events During Drosophila Oogenesis and Coorginate Infection of the Germline Stem Cell Niche with Host Development".
Post-defense, Fast is currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University in the Zon Laboratory.
Jun 17, 2014: Sanders-Demott wins WISE@Warren Scholarship
Templer graduate student to mentor undergraduates
WISE@Warren, the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Residence Program, is Boston University's unique living experience for freshmen women who intend to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
The graduate student advisor designs and implements a year-long twice monthly First Year Seminar for WISE@Warren participants
The advisor coordinates seminars to expose WISE@Warren students to guidance, support, and inspirational seminars and workshops presented by a range of speakers.
Jun 17, 2014: BUWG Awards Caitlin McDonough Scholarship
Primack Lab graduate student receives award
Graduate student Caitlin McDonough, of the Primack Lab has received a scholarship from the Boston University Women's Guild. McDonough is conducting field research to measure the impact of climate change on over 700 species of wildflowers at Acadia National Park over 115 years. In addition, she is linking her field work in Maine to changes in the flora of Concord, MA, from Henry David Thoreau’s time to the present.
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.
Jun 10, 2014: Kaufman teams up with Conservation International
In the New York Times Science section
Jun 03, 2014: Prof. Baum Receives Achievement Award
The 2014 Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime Achievement Award
SBN is pleased to award the Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime AchievementAward in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology to Michael J. Baum, Professor of Biology at Boston University. Dr. Baum received a PhD in Psychology from McGill University and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Erasmus, The Netherlands. He was on the faculty in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at MIT, and then joined the faculty at Boston University in 1985.
Dr. Baum has made many seminal contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms underlying sex differences in the brain and behavior. His work on the organization of sexually dimorphic neural circuits by gonadal hormones has been particularly transformative in generating new conceptual frameworks that have stood the test of time. His influence on the field reverberates through the numerous successful behavioral neuroendocrinologists that he has trained and mentored. Many of these scientists wrote compelling testimonials to the inspiration, encouragement and wisdom that Dr. Baum provided and continues to provide them. During his almost ten-year service as Editor-in-Chief of Hormones and Behavior, Dr. Baum single-handedly brought back the journal's reputation for scientific rigor and publishing high-quality, high-impact papers. Dr. Baum has been an active member of SBN since its inception, and served as the third President of SBN from 2001 to 2003.
We are delighted to recognize and honor Dr. Baum for his leadership, passion and long-lasting scientific contributions to the field of behavioral neuroendocrinology. The award will be officially presented at the 2014 SBN Annual Meeting in Sydney. Our heartfelt congratulations to one of the best our community has to offer!
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.