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October 14, 2014
Prof. Jack Girton, Dr. Lois Girton, Prof. and GDCB Dept. Chair, Dr. Powell-Coffman, Dr. Ghoshal, and Dr. Alan Atherly Dr. 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...
October 14, 2014
Dr. David Oliver and Dr. Powell-Coffman, GDCB Department Chair Dr. 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...
October 14, 2014
Dr. Howell and Dr. Lawrence Two 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...
October 10, 2014
Dr. 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...
September 15, 2014
The Iowa State University News Service chose GDCB Professor Carolyn Lawrence for their first entry in a series of articles telling the personal stories of Iowa State University faculty and scientists whose big ideas are changing the world for the better.  Professor Lawrence, shown here on her...
September 02, 2014
Dr. Reid Palmer (courtesy Iowa Living Magazines) Dr. Reid Palmer, Ph.D. passed away Sunday August 17, 2014, at the age of 73. Dr. Palmer was a USDA Research Geneticist and an adjunct Professor in the Departments of Agronomy and Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology. Dr. Palmer is...
July 25, 2014
Photo from Dr. Pruitt’s blog of the Schneider Lab culture room 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...
June 17, 2014
Diane 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...
June 16, 2014
Dr. 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...
June 05, 2014
GDCB held its annual Recognition Luncheon to recognize the achievements of the faculty, students and staff associated with the department on Friday, May 2, 2014 in the Molecular Biology Atrium. Please see this year’s program for the complete list of the 76 faculty, students, and staff who were...
June 04, 2014
Zebulun Arendsee, Jennifer Chang and Divita Mathur (l to r) Three BCB graduate students in the GDCB home department were recently awarded a James Cornette Research Fellowship in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Award. Jennifer Chang, whose mentors are Professor Hui-Hsien Chou of...
June 04, 2014
Prof. Martin Spalding Martin 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...
June 04, 2014
Steve Rodermel, professor of genetics, development and cell biology, will be recognized for his major contributions as a professor at Iowa State University as the recipient of two distinguished awards. The first, that of Distinguished Professor, is in recognition by his colleagues and peers...
April 30, 2014
Funded 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...
April 09, 2014
Danielle Pohl, who did research in Prof. Coffman’s lab, presenting at the Research in the Capitol on April 2. Danielle will also present at the April 15 Undergraduate Research Symposium (photo courtesy CALS). Several GDCB faculty and staff participated in the 8th Annual Symposium on...
April 07, 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)....
April 07, 2014
In 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...
April 07, 2014
Professor Steve Rodermel, Program Director, standing near Valencia Arts and Sciences Complex. The 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...
April 07, 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...
April 04, 2014
Professor Maura McGrail The ISU Foundation has announced that GDCB Assistant Professor Maura McGrail has been awarded a $375,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to support cancer research.  Dr. McGrail and her research team are investigating the genetic causes of brain...
March 17, 2014
Professor Diane Bassham (left), Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Professor of Plant Physiology,  was awarded $213,765 for the first year of a two-year sponsored funding award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of her research project entitled, “Autophagy and ER stress...
March 03, 2014
Meta!Blast: The Leaf, a video game application developed by an ISU research team headed by GDCB Professors Eve Syrkin Wurtele and Diane Bassham, received the People’s Choice Award in the 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge Winners, as announced on February 6, 2014 by...
March 02, 2014
Prof. Don Sakaguchi Photo by Steve Jones (LAS) Biol 394 HN Caribbean Marine Biology field trip takes place on the island of Roatan, at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) at Anthony’s Key Resort. Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands is located about 80 miles off the north...
February 28, 2014
GDCB Professor Stephen Howell is senior of a paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that may shed new light on the genetic mechanisms that allow plants to protect themselves from environmental stress, which could lead to improved stress tolerance in cash...
February 19, 2014
Dr. Maura McGrail, Assistant Professor in GDCB, was awarded a sponsored grant of $139,360 from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health for the research project “Sleeping Beauty transposon system for mutagenesis in zebrafish.” The grant will support the continued...

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