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Recent awards received by GDCB Graduate Students

March 9, 2015

Congratulations to Divita Mathur, a BCB PhD candidate in Professor Eric Henderson’s lab.  She and Prof. Henderson were among a group of ISU authors of a paper to receive the International Federation for Information Processing’s IFIP TC2 Manfred Paul Award for the best paper of the 29th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering held in Västerås, Sweden in fall 2014. Read more about Recent awards received by GDCB Graduate Students

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Scenes from MBB Annual Thanksgiving Feast

December 10, 2014

In the spirit of  giving thanks, the occupants of the Molecular Biology building (MBB), along with family and friends, got together for a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings on November 24, 2014 in the MBB Atrium.  Part of the fun of this 8th annual gathering is that the participants contributed to the feast by bringing either a side dish or dessert to share.  Leftovers were donated to the Youth and Shelter Services of Ames.  Cash donations collected were given to the Food at First program in Ames. Read more about Scenes from MBB Annual Thanksgiving Feast

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Genetics Learning Community students volunteer for Cystic Fibrosis fundraising event

November 18, 2014

Ten first-year undergraduate students and peer mentors in the Genetics: The Secret of Life learning community assisted in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) – Iowa Chapter’s fundraising event on November 7, 2014 at Des Moines University.  The event set a new record raising $112,360 in funds to go towards critical research for cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease. Read more about Genetics Learning Community students volunteer for Cystic Fibrosis fundraising event

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Dr. David Oliver retires

October 14, 2014

David Oliver and Jo-Anne Powell CoffmanDr. David Oliver’s colleagues and friends gathered on Friday, October 3, 2014 for a reception in his honor to wish him well on his retirement.  Dr. Oliver’s research earned funding from the National Science Foundation, and it focused on plant metabolism and how plants restructure their metabolism in response to environmental and developmental changes. Read more about Dr. David Oliver retires

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Dr. Nupur Ghoshal, alumni of Genetics B.S. program, honored with an ISU Alumni Award

October 14, 2014

Dr. Ghoshal and GDCB facultyDr. Nupur Ghoshal, who earned her B.S. degree in Genetics at ISU in 1995, was honored with the 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni Award by The Iowa State University Alumni Association.  Dr. Ghoshal received her honor at the 83rd Annual Alumni Association Honors and Awards Ceremony held on October 10, 2014, during Homecoming weekend.  This award was established in 1968 to recognize ISU alumni, age 40 and under, who have excelled in their professions and provided service to their communities. Read more about Dr. Nupur Ghoshal, alumni of Genetics B.S. program, honored with an ISU Alumni Award

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Dr. Krumhardt’s Biology 255 class participates in Iowa’s Healthiest State Walk

October 14, 2014

Bio 255 Student at Iowa's Healthiest State WalkDr. Barbara Krumhardt, Senior Lecturer for Biology 255, took very seriously the charge by the Nutrition Clinic for ISU Employee Wellness to “grab your co-workers and join throngs of Iowans on the Healthiest State Walk” at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.  She invited the students in her Biology 255 class to join her in the walk to earn extra credit. Read more about Dr. Krumhardt’s Biology 255 class participates in Iowa’s Healthiest State Walk

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GDCB faculty receive NSF funding to develop plant-growth facility

October 14, 2014

Drs. Howell and LawrenceTwo professors in GDCB, Dr. Steve Howell and Dr. Carolyn Lawrence, are Co-Pi’s on a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored grant of $929,773 awarded to several ISU faculty to develop a plant-growth facility at ISU.  The new facility will utilize a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditionsThe ISU team is calling the concept the Enviratron.  “The Enviratron won’t move the plants for screening, an important feature that will allow researchers to gather more reliable data,” said Dr. Howell. Read more about GDCB faculty receive NSF funding to develop plant-growth facility

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Dr. Marna Yandeau-Nelson joins GDCB

October 10, 2014

Marna Yandeau-NelsonDr. Marna Yandeau-Nelson joined the GDCB faculty as a tenure-eligible assistant professor on August 16, 2014.  The overarching goal of Dr. Yandeau-Nelson’s interdisciplinary research is to dissect the genetic networks that underlie metabolic processes, and to understand how natural genetic variation in or manipulation of these networks impact how organisms respond to environmental cues. She is currently the principle investigator on a successful grant proposal to the National Science Foundation that aims to dissect the genetic and metabolic networks responsible for the synthesis of cuticle lipids in maize.  She will contribute to teaching both undergraduate and graduate Genetics courses. Read more about Dr. Marna Yandeau-Nelson joins GDCB

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Dr. Margaret Pruitt reports on life in a Platynereis laboratory on the NODE, the community site for developmental biologists

July 25, 2014

Platynereis dumerilii

Chances are that you have never heard of Platynereis dumerilii, a marine worm that is used as a model to study early developmental processes. However, this is the organism that Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Pruitt had chosen as her next stepping-stone in her research career in Stephan Schneider’s laboratory after completing her PhD in 2012 in the MCDB program in Clark Coffman’s laboratory. Read more about Dr. Margaret Pruitt reports on life in a Platynereis laboratory on the NODE, the community site for developmental biologists

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Recent alumnus to be Fulbright Foundation Scholar

June 17, 2014

Diane FruDiane Fru (pictured at right), a recent ISU graduate and former undergraduate research assistant for GDCB Professor Jeff Trimarchi, will teach English to grade school students in Taichung, Taiwan during the next year before returning to the US to start medical school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This opportunity comes from the Fulbright Foundation for Scholarly Exchange. Read more about Recent alumnus to be Fulbright Foundation Scholar

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Dr. Renu Srivastava recipient of the University P&S Excellence Award

June 16, 2014

Renu SrivastavaDr. Renu Srivastava, an Assistant Scientist and manager of the laboratory of GDCB Professor Stephen Howell in the Plant Sciences Institute (PSI) has been awarded an ISU Professional and Scientific Excellence Award. This award recognizes and honors professional and scientific staff members who have achieved excellence in their respective fields. Read more about Dr. Renu Srivastava recipient of the University P&S Excellence Award

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Professor Spalding recipient of LAS Outstanding Career Achievement in Research Award

June 4, 2014

Martin SpaldingMartin Spalding, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Professor, Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, is a recipient of the LAS Outstanding Career Achievement in Research Award. This award recognizes faculty members who have a national or international reputation for contributions in research and/or artistic creativity, and who have influenced the research activities of students. Read more about Professor Spalding recipient of LAS Outstanding Career Achievement in Research Award

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GDCB faculty in leadership roles in Crop Bioengineering Consortium (CBC)

April 30, 2014

Crop Bioengineering Consortium logoFunded by a Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research, The ISU Crop Bioengineering Consortium (CBC) formed to address the urgent challenge to provide sufficient food, feed, biofuels and biorenewable chemicals for the world’s burgeoning population through basic and applied research to enable the bioengineering of valuable traits in a variety o Read more about GDCB faculty in leadership roles in Crop Bioengineering Consortium (CBC)

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GDCB faculty and staff participate in Undergraduate Research Symposium

April 9, 2014

ISU students at Research in the CapitolSeveral GDCB faculty and staff participated in the 8th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research & Creative Expression on April 15, 2014 from 9:00am to 5:00pm in the Memorial Union.  Professors Jack Horner, David Oliver, and Jo Anne Powell-Coffman will serve as session monitors.  Professors Clark Coffman, Maura McGrail, Jeff Trimarchi, Tom Peterson, and Dr. Unger-Wallace, Assistant Scientist, Vollbrecht Lab, have mentored eight students working in GDCB research laboratories who presented their research results at the symposium. Read more about GDCB faculty and staff participate in Undergraduate Research Symposium

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Students doing research at the bench and in the greenhouse in Prof. Muszynski’s laboratory

April 7, 2014

This photo shows members of Prof. Muszynski’s laboratory doing research at the bench (James Cahill, graduate student in Genetics) and sampling plants in the greenhouse atop the Molecular Biology Building (Jill Stephenson, undergraduate research assistant and senior in Environmental Science). Read more about Students doing research at the bench and in the greenhouse in Prof. Muszynski’s laboratory

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Triple fluorescent image called PattSubLN-RPC-8-GFAP in neural stem cells (Sakaguchi Lab)

April 7, 2014

Neural Stem CellIn this merged, triple fluorescent image called PattSubLN-RPC-8-GFAP, from results of research being done in Prof. Don Sakaguchi‘s laboratory, the neural stem cells are expressing GFP, green fluorescent protein (green), and many of these neural progenitor cells have differentiated into glial cells expressing glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) (red). The nuclei of all of the cells were stained with DAPI (blue). The GFAP-expressing glial cells have their processes aligned horizontally in the direction of the patterned substrate. These results have important application in developing novel experimental strategies for neural regeneration. Read more about Triple fluorescent image called PattSubLN-RPC-8-GFAP in neural stem cells (Sakaguchi Lab)

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GEN 110 Student interviews Anne Heun, Genetic Counselor at Unity Point Health, Des Moines

April 7, 2014

Each Genetics student enrolled in the freshman orientation class, GEN 110 taught by Dr. Lois Girton, is matched with an alumnus of the program who has embarked on a career path of interest to the student.  Alex Adams, a freshman from Milford, Iowa, is considering Genetic Counseling and interviewed Anne Heun, BS 2009, MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012, CGC. Anne’s experiences in GEN 340, Human Genetics, convinced her to become a Genetic Counselor. Read more about GEN 110 Student interviews Anne Heun, Genetic Counselor at Unity Point Health, Des Moines

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Biol 394 summer study abroad program in Valencia, Spain

April 7, 2014

Steven Rodermel in ValenciaThe ISU on the Mediterranean Program is a summer study abroad program in Valencia, Spain. It is based at the University of Valencia (~50,000 students), one of the top research universities in Spain. Valencia is located on the Mediterranean Sea and is the third largest city in Spain. It offers numerous activities for students, and has some of the country’s best beaches. Read more about Biol 394 summer study abroad program in Valencia, Spain

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