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May 24, 2017
Julie Kuhlman holds a tank of zebrafish, the animal she uses to study the enteric nervous system.   Have you ever had that feeling of butterflies in your stomach? It’s just your nerves, literally. Your gut contains a large, but often forgotten, system of nerves. Collectively...
April 25, 2017
Kaitlin Higgins and her daughter at the Iowa March for Science. Kaitlin Higgins, a senior in genetics who earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy in 2015, helped organize the Iowa March for Science. The state version of the national event took place April 22 (Earth Day 2017) at the State...
April 25, 2017
Carla Mann shares her research through the Science Communication Fellowship hosted by Reiman Gardens.   Scientific terms and concepts are part of a scientist’s everyday life, but to non-science folk, they can sound like a foreign language. To learn how to better communicate to a...
April 25, 2017
Julie Kuhlman explains how to extract DNA from bananas to fourth- and fifth-grade girls at Edwards Elementary School in Ames. Julie Kuhlman wants to expand elementary girls’ opportunities to play with science. Kuhlman, an assistant professor in the Department of Genetics, Development and...
April 10, 2017
Diane Bassham, Justin Walley, Trevor Nolan and Yanhai Yin have worked together to map the molecular components that act as a bridge between plant stress and autophagy. Photo by Hao Jiang. AMES, IA – Iowa State University researchers for the first time have mapped the various molecular...
April 10, 2017
Daniel Stroud Genetics majors Daniel Stroud and Amy Stark and nearly 40 other students will represent the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the 11th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression on April 11 in Memorial Union from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m....
April 10, 2017
  Matthew Cook Courtney Smith Courtney Smith and Matthew Cook, both in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, were among four Iowa State students chosen as Goldwater Scholars, a prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics and...
March 13, 2017
  Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Associate Professor Clark Coffman receives the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award from CALS Dean Wendy Wintersteen. Clark Coffman, an associate professor in the Department of...
March 08, 2017
AMES, Iowa—Iowa State University is one of 12 universities to receive a grant from the Association of American Universities (AAU) to improve undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM disciplines. More than half of Iowa State undergraduates are...
March 08, 2017
Current lab members involved in the study from the Yin lab (from top: Hongqing Guo, Jiani Chen, Zhouli Xie, Nicole Huser, Yanhai Yin, Trevor Nolan and Hao Jiang). Photo by Priyanka Sandal. New research from an Iowa State University scientist identifies a genetic mechanism that governs growth...
March 08, 2017
Raegan Hoefler, a junior in genetics at Iowa State University, is testing the effects of radiation on corn seedlings in a lab at ISU. AMES, 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...
February 01, 2017
Curtis Mosher (left), Eric Henderson (middle) and Mike McCloskey (right) have assembled a prototype biomimetic tree that produces electricity. Such technology could appeal to a niche market in the future, according to the researchers. (Photo by Christopher Gannon.) AMES, Iowa – Money doesn’t...
January 31, 2017
Students from the “Opportunities Presented by Climate Change” learning team toured and learned about the Iowa State Power Plant. Photo by Olivia De Kok. The sky really is the limit for students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, thanks to a new learning community that connects Open...
January 27, 2017
Genetics student Jean Robles receives WiSE Undergraduate STEM Leadership Award for her work mentoring students. From left are Iowa State University Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert; Robles; and WiSE Director Lora Leigh Chrystal. Jean Robles came to college wanting to help...
January 24, 2017
From left, Jim Lathrop, Jack Lutz, Robyn Lutz and Eric Henderson in the Iowa State University Laboratory for Molecular Programming. (Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) As a member of the Iowa State University Laboratory for Molecular Programming (LAMP), Department of Genetics,...
January 12, 2017
Carolyn Lawrence-Dill (Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) Carolyn Lawrence-Dill, associate professor in the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology and in the Department of Agronomy, is featured in Stories in Agriculture and Life Sciences. Stories is an Iowa State...
January 05, 2017
Hua Bai uses fruit flies to study aging at the molecular level. (Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University) The research of Hua Bai, assistant professor in genetics, development and cell biology, is featured in the fall 2016 edition of link: connecting alumni and friends, an Iowa...
January 05, 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...
January 02, 2017
Donald Sage Robertson, professor emeritus of genetics, development and cell biology at Iowa State University, died on Dec. 24, 2016, in Story City. Robertson, 95, was formerly of Ames. Services were held on Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. at Christ Community Church in Ames. He was born on June 27, 1921,...
December 19, 2016
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recognized two genetics, development and cell biology (GDCB) professors in November. Xun Gu and Stephen Howell were among six Iowa State University researchers recognized by AAAS for their contributions to statistics,...
December 15, 2016
Jennifer Chang (right), an Iowa State University bioinformatics and computational biology PhD candidate, won a Collegian Innovation and Leadership Award and scholarship at the Iowa Women of Innovation Awards ceremony. Chang’s adviser is Dr. Hui-Hsien Chou. Jennifer Chang, an Iowa State...
December 06, 2016
Eve Syrkin Wurtele Eve Syrkin Wurtele, a professor of genetics, development and cell biology, received a four-year, $2.175 million National Science Foundation grant to identify the origins and functions of “orphan genes” in the genomes of corn and other crops. The grant will enable...
December 06, 2016
Sweta Roy-Carson, a graduate student in bioinformatics and computational biology, took first place in the November 15 “3 minute thesis” (3MT) competition held by the Graduate College on November 15. Roy-Carson will represent Iowa State University at the regional 3MT competition in...
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...
June 28, 2016
Dr. Divita Mathur and Prof. Eric Henderson GDCB 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...

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