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ISU researchers detail genetic mechanisms that govern growth and drought response in plants

March 8, 2017

Yin Yanhai lab membersNew research from an Iowa State University scientist identifies a genetic mechanism that governs growth and drought tolerance in plants, a development that could lead to better performing traits in crops.

Yanhai Yin, a professor of genetics, development and cell biology and a Plant Sciences Institute Faculty Scholar, said the biological processes that oversee plant growth and drought response often clash with one another. Read more about ISU researchers detail genetic mechanisms that govern growth and drought response in plants

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Maize on Mars – A Student is Making “The Martian” a Reality

March 8, 2017

Raegan HoeflerAMES, Iowa – Surrounded by a red rocky surface as far as the eye can see, you look up and gaze at the planet Earth in the distance. Your stomach growls and you realize it is time for dinner. Heading back to your colony, you harvest some corn from your garden and prepare it to eat.

Raegan Hoefler, a junior in genetics, is conducting a study to see if this garden scenario on Mars is a possibility. Hoefler received $7,000 from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium. Read more about Maize on Mars – A Student is Making “The Martian” a Reality

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Professor Emeritus Imsande's obituary

January 5, 2017

John David Imsande, an Iowa State University professor emeritus of agronomy and genetics, development and cell biology, died Jan. 3, 2017, in Ames. A service honoring Imsande’s life was held on Jan. 7, 2017, at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames.

Born on June 14, 1931, in Grass Range, Mont., Imsande earned his bachelor of arts in education and math from the University of Montana, his master of science in chemistry from Montana State University, and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Duke University. Read more about Professor Emeritus Imsande's obituary

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Chang receives Iowa Women of Innovation award, scholarship

December 15, 2016

Jennifer Chang and scholarship checkJennifer Chang, an Iowa State University bioinformatics and computational biology (BCB) program PhD candidate, received the Collegian Innovation and Leadership award and a $2,500 scholarship at the Ninth Annual Des Moines Area Community College Iowa Women of Innovation Awards ceremony. The event was held on Nov. 10 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. Read more about Chang receives Iowa Women of Innovation award, scholarship

GDCB-affiliated students receive poster award at recent ISCB Conference

July 29, 2016

The poster “Evolutionary Origin of Orphan Genes” presented by Zebulon Arendsee (BCB graduate program in GDCB home), Andrew Wilkey (BCBio undergraduate major), Priyanka  Bhandary (BCB graduate program in GDCB home), and Eve Syrkin Wurtele was awarded F1000 Poster Award at the recent 2016 conference of the International Society for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (ISCB) in Orlando, Florida. Read more about GDCB-affiliated students receive poster award at recent ISCB Conference

Professor Henderson and Dr. Divita Mathur publish article on nanomachine design

June 28, 2016

Mathur and HendersonGDCB Professor Eric Henderson, along with his former BCB graduate student, Dr. Divita Mathur, recently published an article in the peer-reviewed Scientific Reports describing his laboratory’s successful effort to design a nanomachine capable of detecting a mockup of the Ebola virus. Read more about Professor Henderson and Dr. Divita Mathur publish article on nanomachine design

Professor Trimarchi recognized for outstanding mentoring of undergraduate students

June 16, 2016

From left, Madelyn Mullally. Professor Trimarchi, Caitlin AlbrechtGDCB Professor Jeffrey Trimarchi was honored this spring by the University Honors Program for outstanding Honors teaching, advising, or mentoring.  Two awards are given annually to recognize Iowa State faculty and staff who support Honors at Iowa State through general excellence in teaching of Honors courses, seminars, or other courses taught for Honors credit; or in the mentoring of Honors students through academic advising, advising of Honors projects, and mentoring of students in the First-Year Honors/Mentor Research Program. Read more about Professor Trimarchi recognized for outstanding mentoring of undergraduate students

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Innovations in Teaching: Jelena Kraft and Marna Yandeau-Nelson receive Miller Faculty Fellowship

March 28, 2016

From left, Marna Yandeau-Nelson and Jelena KraftA recent award will fund innovations in the Principles of Genetics laboratory course.  The GDCB Genetics 313L teaching team of Dr. Jelena Kraft, Teaching Lab Coordinator, and Prof. Marna Yandeau-Nelson were one of five proposals awarded a Miller Faculty Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year. Read more about Innovations in Teaching: Jelena Kraft and Marna Yandeau-Nelson receive Miller Faculty Fellowship

New GDCB faculty member Mohan Gupta investigates microtubule dynamics

February 10, 2016

Mohan GuptaProfessor Mohan Gupta joined the GDCB department as an assistant professor this past fall.  Dr. Gupta earned a B.S degree and Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. After training as a postdoctoral fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, he joined the faculty of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL. He was recruited to Iowa State University last year. Read more about New GDCB faculty member Mohan Gupta investigates microtubule dynamics

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GDCB faculty member Karin Dorman selected inaugural holder of the Dale D. Grosvenor Chair in LAS

February 5, 2016

Dr. Karin DormanAs one of the highest recognitions of scholarly service, GDCB and Statistics Professor Karin Dorman has been named the inaugural holder of the Dale D. Grosvenor Chair in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  This recognition is in appreciation of Dr. Dorman’s scholarly record as one of ISU’s premier biostatisticians, her leadership of the BCB graduate program, and her engagement on behalf of the next generation, especially young women in STEM.  Read more about GDCB faculty member Karin Dorman selected inaugural holder of the Dale D. Grosvenor Chair in LAS

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Team Led by GDCB Professor Carolyn Lawrence-Dill awarded Presidential Award for Data-Driven Discoveries in Agriculture

February 5, 2016

Professor Lawrence-DillThe second round of awards from the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research recognized and catalyzed research teams who will strengthen data driven science on campus.  One of the four winning research teams is being led by GDCB Professor Carolyn Lawrence-DillRead more about Team Led by GDCB Professor Carolyn Lawrence-Dill awarded Presidential Award for Data-Driven Discoveries in Agriculture

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Xiaochen Yang of Bassham lab to publish paper in The Plant Journal that concludes accumulation of proteins in ER trigger stress

December 18, 2015

Xiaochen Wang and research photosXiaochen Yang, a PhD student in Plant Biology in GDCB Professor Diane Bassham’s lab, is first author of a paper in the Plant Journal entitled, Activation of Autophagy by Unfolded Proteins during Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress ( Yang et al). Read more about Xiaochen Yang of Bassham lab to publish paper in The Plant Journal that concludes accumulation of proteins in ER trigger stress

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