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October 29, 2020
Distinguished Professor Steve Howell The research of Steve Howell, Distinguished Professor of the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, and additional Iowa State University (ISU) scientists shows how two seemingly unrelated responses in corn plants interact to help the crop...
October 29, 2020
GDCB alumnus Wesley Wierson and Layla Wesley Wierson, a genetics, development and cell biology alumnus, and Margaret Musser, assistant professor of veterinary clinical services, received funding focused on accelerating progress in the area of vaccines and immunotherapies. The pair will...
October 29, 2020
Jelena Kraft, GDCB assistant teaching professor Jelena Kraft, GDCB assistant teaching professor Jelena Kraft and Carly Manz, genetics, development and cell biology (GDCB) assistant teaching professors, receive Spring 2020 Teaching Innovation Awards. The Teaching Innovation...
October 16, 2020
Vaishali Todi, genetics, development and cell biology (GDCB) graduate student, described being named a recipient of a $10,000 Brown Graduate Fellowship in 2020 as a “a welcome surprise.” Vaishali Todi, Brown Graduate Fellowship recipient Todi, who works in the lab of GDCB Associate...
October 16, 2020
“Extremely productive,” “hardworking,” “talented, “phenomenal,” and a “helpful and friendly mentor” are a few of the words used to describe the six graduate students who received Graduate College Research Excellence and Teaching Excellence awards in the 2019-20 academic year. The six recipients...
September 24, 2020
Diane Bassham, genetics, development and cell biology professor and Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Professor of Plant Physiology, was named a Fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists in 2020. In a letter to Bassham, ASPB President Judy Callis said, “It is my great personal pleasure...
September 24, 2020
Dr. Hua Bai, genetics, development and cell biology assistant professor (Photo by Christopher Gannon, ISU photographer) AMES, IOWA — A new study that looks closely a¡t the cardiac health of flies provides new evidence that liver dysfunction may lead to deterioration of the heart. ...
September 15, 2020
Maira Almeida Before COVID-19’s arrival in 2020, the following five Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology students received GDCB awards in support of their fall 2019 travels: Maira Pedroso de Almeida, Mark Bouska, Ian Braun, Zakayo Kazibwe and Emmanuel Nsamba. Sui-Tong Chan...
September 03, 2020
The Fall 2020 GDCB Seminar series flyer is now available. All seminars will be held online on Fridays beginning at 4 p.m. The meeting link is https://iastate.webex.com/iastate/j.php?MTID=m552722056e5078dee22caa75af9541f1.
July 07, 2020
  Dr. Sarah Anderson, newest rising star in genetics, development and cell biology (GDCB), is well aware that bad weather can cause huge yield losses for corn farmers in Iowa and across other corn-growing regions around the world. Her research is focused on improving crop resilience in...
July 02, 2020
Here are some of the Iowa State researchers working with the Nanovaccine Institute based on campus, left to right: Michael Wannemuehler, Surya Mallapragada, Gregory Phillips, Balaji Narasimhan, Marian Kohut and Donald Sakaguchi. Photo by the Iowa State University Foundation. Iowa State...
June 19, 2020
The Early Achievement in Teaching Award was presented to Marna Yandeau-Nelson, an assistant professor in genetics, development and cell biology. Yandeau-Nelson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in beginning and advanced molecular genetics. Her expertise ranges from DNA...
May 30, 2020
Dr. Maura McGrail and Dr. Jeff Essner Dr. Maura McGrail and Dr. Jeff Essner received a $3 million National Institutes of Health award. Learn more about the award in the May 2020 BioCY News from the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology.  
May 27, 2020
AMES, Iowa – The coronavirus pandemic has shut down much of everyday life, but one researcher at Iowa State University continues to work uninterrupted in a laboratory for hours a day, painstakingly watering and measuring plants to study the effects of drought. This research project doesn’t...
May 20, 2020
Dr. Carolyn Lawrence-Dill, genetics, development and cell biology professor, became a recipient earlier this year of a Women of Achievement award from the YWCA Ames-ISU. The award recognized Lawrence-Dill for her “hard work and dedication to fulfilling the two-prong missions of the YWCA—the...
May 19, 2020
Kerui Huang, a genetics, development and cell biology student in Dr. Hua Bai’s Lab, is the recipient of a one-year 2020 American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship. The $31,016 award began on Jan. 1 for the project, “The non-autonomous role of hepatic peroxisomal import in cardiac aging.”...
April 22, 2020
Karri Haen Whitmer, 2019 CALS Excellence in Teaching by Lecturers and Adjunct Faculty Award recipient When Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Associate Teaching Professor Karri Haen Whitmer was a young person, she had a profound fear of public speaking. Yet Haen Whitmer ...
April 09, 2020
The April 2020 edition of the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology's BioCY News introduces two new faculty members: Dr. Raquel Espin Palazon and Dr. Clyde Campbell. Read more about them in the April 2020 BioCY News.
March 26, 2020
This image shows the cardiac muscle fibers of a fruit fly under magnification. Iowa State University researchers have found a way to restore the strength and regularity of cardiac muscles in aging fruit flies. Image courtesy of Hua Bai.  AMES, Iowa – Researchers may have discovered...
March 26, 2020
Majd Abdulghani (Photo by Christopher Gannon, Iowa State University photographer) After receiving her master of science in genetics and genomics from Iowa State University's Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology in summer 2018, Majd Abdulghani learned later that...
March 02, 2020
  Carolyn Lawrence-Dill Dr. Carolyn Lawrence-Dill of the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology received a promotion to the rank of professor, effective with the 2019-20 academic year, per the State of Iowa Board of Regents. Lawrence-Dill joined Iowa State...
February 21, 2020
Dior Kelley Karri Haen Whitmer Hongqing (Michelle) Guo The following genetics, development and cell biology members recently received job advancements: Hongqing (Michelle) Guo, Karri Haen Whitmer, Dior Kelley, Jelena Kraft, Sayali Kukday and Renu Srivastava. Guo advanced...
February 20, 2020
Carla Mann Ryan Arndorfer Three students affiliated with Iowa State University’s Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology (GDCB) received their advanced degrees during summer 2019. Since there is not a summer commencement ceremony, the graduates could choose to elect to...
January 07, 2020
The Spring 2020 seminar schedule for the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology has been updated as of March 25.  
December 23, 2019
One of the experiments currently being conducted in Carolyn Lawrence-Dill’s “Foundations of Predicative Plant Phenomics” class. Photo by Caitlin Ware | Office of the Vice President for Research Since its start in 2015, Iowa State University’s Predictive Plant Phenomics (P3)...

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