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Gokul Wimalanathan, a BCB graduate student in GDCB, receives a best poster award

December 11, 2015

Gokul Wimalanathan with posterKokulapalan (Gokul) Wimalanathan, a BCB graduate student in both the Professor Carolyn Lawrence Dill and Professor Erik Vollbrecht research groups, presented two posters at the Australasian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA) 2015 conference held in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia.  His posters on his research studies in both labs received a best poster award. Read more about Gokul Wimalanathan, a BCB graduate student in GDCB, receives a best poster award

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Some GDCB faculty members do cool stuff, like flying airplanes

December 11, 2015

Bassham plane in flightGDCB Professor Diane Bassham says in a blog on The Ladies Love Taildraggers website that she got her tailwheel endorsement in a rented Champ 14 years ago, and put it to use towing gliders with a Supercub for the local glider club. There she met her husband, one of the other tow pilots, and 10 years later they finally bought an airplane of their own, a 1972 7KCAB Citabria pictured here. Read more about Some GDCB faculty members do cool stuff, like flying airplanes

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Sweet! A collaborative research group including Dangping Lou and Bing Yang publish study on sweet corn in Nature Genetics

November 17, 2015

SWEET!  A collaborative research group including Dangping Lou and Bing Yang from GDCB has published a study in Nature Genetics that identifies one of the transport proteins that packs the sweet corn with sugar.  To learn more see the news release of the Carnegie Institution for Sciences, home of Dr. Yang’s collaborator, Dr. Wolf Frommer. Read more about Sweet! A collaborative research group including Dangping Lou and Bing Yang publish study on sweet corn in Nature Genetics

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Research team led by Wurtele and Li of GDCB demonstrate QQS gene may increase protein content in staple crops

November 17, 2015

Wurtele and LiThe GDCB research team led by Professor Ling Li and Professor Eve Wurtele has demonstrated that the QQS gene regulates the protein content in Arabidopsis seeds and leaves can increase protein content when introduced into staple crops, such as rice, corn, and soybeans. Read more about Research team led by Wurtele and Li of GDCB demonstrate QQS gene may increase protein content in staple crops

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Rebekah Starks, a BCB graduate student in the Tuteja lab in GDCB, dissecting mouse implantation sites

November 17, 2015

Rebekah Starks, a BCB graduate student in Professor Tuteja’s lab in GDCB, is seen here dissecting mouse implantation sites.  Mouse placenta is collected for ChIP-Seq experiments to better understand the mechanisms underlying early placental development. Read more about Rebekah Starks, a BCB graduate student in the Tuteja lab in GDCB, dissecting mouse implantation sites

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Celebrating our alumni: Brianna Brun, 2013 graduate of the genetics undergraduate program, receives yearlong fellowship at the University of Iowa Medical School

August 28, 2015

Brianna BrunEven from a young age, science was Brianna Brun’s favorite subject in school. After falling in love with genetics, Brianna, who moved to Iowa when she was very young and grew up in Charlotte, Iowa, looked for colleges that offered degrees in genetics. She discovered Iowa State had everything she was looking for in the genetics undergraduate program. During the four years she attended Iowa State from 2009-2013, she “was able to take part in research, work as a peer mentor, and even become president of the Genetics Club. The program provided me every opportunity I ever wanted.” She received her B.S. degree in genetics in the spring of 2013 and began medical school at the University of Iowa in the fall of 2013. Read more about Celebrating our alumni: Brianna Brun, 2013 graduate of the genetics undergraduate program, receives yearlong fellowship at the University of Iowa Medical School

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Life sciences undergraduates recognized for leadership at Iowa African-American Hall of Fame event

August 28, 2015

De'Airius Salibi and Grace AnsahTwo outstanding ISU life sciences students, Grace A. Ansah (junior in Biology) and De’Airius D. Salibi (sophomore in Food Science), received scholarships from the Iowa African-American Hall of Fame, an organization that recognizes the outstanding achievements of African-Americans who have enhanced the quality of life for all Iowans. Grace and De’Airius were recognized for their academic achievements and their records of successful leadership. Read more about Life sciences undergraduates recognized for leadership at Iowa African-American Hall of Fame event

ISU initiatives in undergraduate biology education featured in 2015 Vision and Change Report

August 28, 2015

Vision and Change ReportJo Anne Powell-Coffman, Professor and Department Chair of GDCB, was chosen in fall 2012 to be one of only 40 faculty in the nation to serve as a Vision and Change Leadership Fellow for the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) group. The group formed as a result of a report published in 2011 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), titled Vision and Change: A Call to Action. Read more about ISU initiatives in undergraduate biology education featured in 2015 Vision and Change Report

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GDCB Professor Essner a Guest on IPR's River-to-River

June 19, 2015

GDCB Professor Jeffrey Essner, along with Professor Anne Bronikowski of EEOB, were recent guests of Iowa Public Radio’s River-to-River hosted by Ben Kieffer where they talked about genomics research.

“We have the ability now to sequence genomes at unprecedented rates compared to even 10 years ago,” said Professor Essner.  “So when we think about unintended consequences, we’re able to go into genomes and look for those, which is something that we weren’t able to do before.” Read more about GDCB Professor Essner a Guest on IPR's River-to-River

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Research image of former Spalding lab graduate student, Dr. Han Gao, selected for cover of The Plant Journal

April 14, 2015

The Plant JournalDr. Han Gao, a former graduate student in Prof. Spalding‘s laboratory, recently published a paper in the Plant Journal entitled, “Expression activation and functional analysis of HLA3, a putative inorganic carbon transporter in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii ” and her research image was selected for the cover. Read more about Research image of former Spalding lab graduate student, Dr. Han Gao, selected for cover of The Plant Journal

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Article by Prof. Becraft and his research team recommended by Faculty of 1000

March 25, 2015

Becraft and YiThe Faculty of 1000, which recommends the best research articles in biology and medicine from a faculty of global experts, recognized a recent article in Plant Physiology by Dr. Gibum Yi and Prof. Phil Becraft.  Dr. Yi is a former plant biology graduate student in Prof. Becraft’s lab and is currently a researcher at the Plant Genomics and Breeding Institute in Seoul, Korea. Read more about Article by Prof. Becraft and his research team recommended by Faculty of 1000

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Bioinformatics & Computational Biology students participate in Girls in Science Festival at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines

March 18, 2015

Students in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) graduate program were among 25 organizations participating in the Girls in Science Festival held in February 2015 at the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater.  The BCB group held an interactive workshop that involved using computer games to solve bioinformatics problems and shared information about the undergraduate program in BCBio.   The Festival connects girls and families with female STEM professionals from the Des Moines area.  Interactive “STEM Zones” and collaborative workshops provide one-on-one connections for girls and female mentors from local companies and educational institutions. Read more about Bioinformatics & Computational Biology students participate in Girls in Science Festival at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines

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Mango graph analysis and visualization software developed by Jennifer Chang, a BCB graduate student in Prof. Chou’s lab

March 9, 2015

Mango softwareMango is a graph analysis and visualization software designed to handle many large graphs with tens of thousands of nodes and millions of links at once.  Mango got its name from its purpose of Manipulation and Analysis of Networks and Gene Ontolog. Mango combines the power and flexibility of a high level Graph Exploration Language (Gel) with the easy operation of a graphical user interface. Read more about Mango graph analysis and visualization software developed by Jennifer Chang, a BCB graduate student in Prof. Chou’s lab

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Four GDCB faculty receive PSI Faculty Scholars award

March 9, 2015

PSI Faculty ScholarsFour GDCB faculty were awarded funding by the Plant Sciences Institute (PSI) as part of the PSI Faculty Scholars program and will join other faculty from three colleges receiving the award.  GDCB PSI Faculty Scholars are Professors Hui-Hsien Chou,  Stephen H. Howell, Carolyn J. Lawrence and Yanhai Yin.  The flexible funding may be used a variety of ways to engage in innovative and high-risk research that may lead to important breakthroughs in PSI’s focus area of predictive phenomics. Read more about Four GDCB faculty receive PSI Faculty Scholars award

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