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June 16, 2016
Professor Trimarchi with undergraduates Madelyn Mullally and Caitlin Albrecht, who are co-first authors of the Zebrafish paper. GDCB Professor Jeffrey Trimarchi was honored this spring by the University Honors Program for outstanding Honors teaching, advising, or mentoring.  Two...
March 28, 2016
Professor Yandeau-Nelson and Dr. Jelena Kraft A 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...
March 22, 2016
Prof. Martin Spalding A celebration of Marty Spalding‘s retirement as professor of GDCB and as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences was held on Monday, March 28, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 pm in the Campanile Room at the Memorial Union.  Amy Juhnke,...
February 10, 2016
Professor Mohan Gupta Professor 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...
February 05, 2016
Dr. Karin Dorman As 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...
February 05, 2016
Professor Carolyn Lawrence-Dill The 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...
February 05, 2016
Professor Hua Bai and Ping Kang How does our genetic makeup influence how we age?  Professor Hua Bai has developed a genetic model system to explore this interesting and important question.  Dr. Bai joined the GDCB department as a tenure-eligible assistant professor in January...
December 18, 2015
Josh Strable earned his Ph.D. degree in Plant Biology this fall for his research studies in GDCB Professor Erik Vollbrecht’s lab.  In his dissertation work, he discovered and characterized a gene that is required for proper leaf and floral development in maize.  For Josh, a first...
December 18, 2015
Xiaochen 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). The general conclusion of the Plant Journal...
December 11, 2015
GDCB 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...
December 11, 2015
Kokulapalan (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...
November 17, 2015
Professors Eve Syrkin Wurtele and Ling Li The 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...
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.
November 17, 2015
Sugars are manufactured in the leaves, when the plant turns the Sun’s energy into chemical energy, and then transported to the seeds. Image courtesy of Davide Sosso. SWEET!  A collaborative research group including Dangping Lou and Bing Yang from GDCB has published a study in...
October 01, 2015
There will be a partial campus shutdown during the semester break and the GDCB administrative offices will be closed from Thursday, December 24, 2015 through Sunday, January 3, 2016.  University administrators have approved the details for an 11-day partial shutdown.  We wish everyone a...
August 28, 2015
Jo 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...
August 28, 2015
De’Airius Salibi (l) and Grace Ansah at the August 7, 2015 Iowa African American Hall of Fame banquet. Two 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...
August 28, 2015
Brianna Brun Even 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...
August 25, 2015
From left, Profs. Jeff Essner, Diane Bassham,  Carolyn Lawrence Dill and Tom Peterson (not pictured: Prof. Clark Coffman) GDCB faculty continue to participate in and have a leadership role in several excellent interdepartmental graduate programs: Professor Karin Dorman, of both...
August 25, 2015
     BioCY News, August 2015 Congratulations to the GDCB Communications team on issuing the first electronic GDCB newsletter!  Thanks to Eric H, Rahul, Carla, Zeb, and Divita, who developed BioCY News this summer. – Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, Professor and GDCB...
August 12, 2015
Dr. Jenifer Saldanha and Professor Clark Coffman The new Sky is the Limit learning community, designed for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Open Option students interested in exploring their interests in science will debut in the fall semester.  An...
August 11, 2015
Professor Geetu Tuteja Professor Geetu Tuteja has joined the GDCB faculty effective July 2015 as a tenure-eligible assistant professor and a Gregory L. and Kathleen C. Geoffroy Faculty Fellow. The Geoffroy Fellowship was established by Gregory L. and Kathleen C. Geoffroy to attract the very...
August 07, 2015
Sweta Roy and Prof. Julie Kuhlman Sweta Roy, a Bioinformatics and Computational Biology graduate student in Dr. Kuhlman’s laboratory in the GDCB home department, was recently awarded a one year AAUW International Fellowship.  Recipients are selected for academic achievement and...
June 19, 2015
Image shows the new Bessey Hall addition to the left and the new building at the top right. A biosciences package that includes a new five-story teaching and research building, a four-story addition to Bessey Hall, and the renovation of existing space has been approved by the Iowa...
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...

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