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August 04, 2013
Dr. Kowalko (left) and Dr. Kukday GDCB is pleased to welcome two new instructors to the department, Dr. Johanna Kowalko and Dr. Sayali Kukday.  They have been hired as lecturers for the fall semester to teach two introductory biology courses, Biology 101 and 212. Dr. Johanna Kowalko...
July 05, 2013
Professor John Mayfield Emeritus Professor John Mayfield’s “accomplishments as Professor of GDCB (and Zoology/Genetics) and as Associate Dean of the Graduate College are truly impressive,” notes GDCB Professor and Chair Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, and “he has recently added another to the list...
June 05, 2013
Professor Martin Spalding (left) and Professor Drena Dobbs In his installation address in September 2012, ISU President Leath announced initiatives to make available funding for interdisciplinary research projects to encourage and expand ISU research efforts.  On June 6, ISU announced...
June 04, 2013
MaizeGDB Team L to R: Taner Sen, Darwin Campbell, Lisa Harper, Carson Andorf, Carolyn Lawrence, Mary Schaeffer, Jack Gardiner, Ethalinda Cannon Dr. Carolyn Lawrence, GDCB collaborating professor and USDA-ARS research geneticist, was awarded $32,026 in sponsored funding from the...
June 04, 2013
Professor Diane Bassham GDCB Professor Diane Bassham has been named the first recipient of the Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Professorship of Plant Physiology at Iowa State University. The Loomis family established the Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Fund in 1981 to maintain...
May 05, 2013
  Dr. Bing Yang Bing Yang, associate professor in GDCB, was awarded sponsored funding for three research projects on rice plant disease.  Rice, a major food source for the world population, presents an excellent opportunity for in-depth analyses of the adaptive processes of...
May 04, 2013
Biology undergraduate students recognized for their achievements in 2012-2013 at the May 2 luncheon event The 2013 GDCB Recognition Luncheon was held in the Molecular Biology Building Atrium on May 2, 2013. This year’s event recognized 76 students, faculty, and staff affiliated with GDCB...
May 04, 2013
Dr. Ling Li (left) and Dr. Bing Yang This spring two GDCB faculty, Dr. Ling Li, Associate Scientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, and Dr. Bing Yang, Associate Professor, received awards in recognition of their individual achievements at ISU. Dr. Ling Li is the recipient...
April 05, 2013
Dr. Lois Girton Dr. Lois Girton, academic adviser for the genetics and biology undergraduate majors in GDCB and EEOB, was recognized this spring with an Outstanding Peer Mentor Supervisor Award by the Learning Communities for her supervision of the peer mentors involved in the Genetics...
April 04, 2013
Prof. Dorman’s research figure of PRRS virus evolving during disease Recently, Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma first-year honor societies asked new inductees to share which instructor at ISU had influenced them during their first year, and how this individual had shaped their...
April 04, 2013
Dr. Carolyn Lawrence, a collaborating professor in GDCB and researcher with the USDA-ARS, is a faculty initiate of the Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture.  Dr. Lawrence is best known for having developed MaizeGDB, the research community database for basic, translational,...
February 05, 2013
  Prof. Jo Anne Powell-Coffman Professor Jo Anne Powell-Coffman has formally accepted the position of Chair of the Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology retroactive to January 1, 2013. Dr. Powell-Coffman had been interim chair of the department since July 1, 2011...
February 05, 2013
  Prof. Carolyn Lawrence Dr. Carolyn Lawrence, GDCB collaborating professor and researcher for the USDA Agricultural Research Service, has been awarded $1,937,366 in sponsored funding as a collaborator on an NSF Plant Genome Research Project award to PI Dr. Michael Scanlon of Cornell...
January 05, 2013
GDCB would like to congratulate the following students affiliated with the department who graduated fall semester. The combined undergraduate and graduate University Commencement Ceremony was held on December 15, 2012. Undergraduate Students See attached list of undergraduates in...
January 05, 2013
Dr. Yanhai Yin GDCB Professor Yanhai Yin has been awarded sponsored funding by the NSF for his research project entitled, Signaling Network for Brassinosteroid (BRs)-Regulated Gene Expression in Arabidopsis.  Dr. Yin is the principal investigator on the project and Dr....
January 05, 2013
Professor Wurtele (center) watches dance performance GDCB Professor Eve Syrkin Wurtele presented a series of seminars and worked with curators to plan a museum exhibit for the  Meta!Blast cell and metabolic biology computer game in India recently. A Kathakali...
January 05, 2013
  Dr. Steven Rodermel Steve Rodermel, professor in the genetics, development and cell biology department, has been appointed to a five-year term on the publications committee of the American Society of Plant Biologists. ASPB, the world’s largest organization of plant...
December 05, 2012
Prof. Martin Spalding and Prof. David Oliver For GDCB Professor Martin Spalding, the “interim” tag will come off his current title and he will become the associate dean of research and graduate studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. GDCB Professor David Oliver, the current...
December 04, 2012
Professor Tom Peterson Tom Peterson, GDCB professor and Pioneer Chair in Maize Molecular Genetics, was recently announced as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow in the Section on Biological Sciences. Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon...
December 01, 2012
Professor Phil Becraft GDCB Professor Phil Becraft (PI) and Dr. Paula McSteen (Co-PI), professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri (Co-Principal Investigator), have been awarded $33,650.00 in sponsored funding by the NSF.  Professor Becraft...
November 04, 2012
Professor Eve Wurtele GDCB professor Eve Syrkin Wurtele was awarded the Woman of Innovation award for Research Innovation and Leadership by the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) at their fifth annual DuPont Pioneer Iowa Women of Innovation event held on November 15, 2012 in Des...
November 04, 2012
Professors McGrail and Essner (left) and Professor Peterson. The research of three GDCB professors, Jeff Essner, Maura McGrail, and Tom Peterson, was profiled for the fall 2012 edition of STORIES, a magazine published by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences...
November 04, 2012
Professor Yang (center) with Dr. Huang and Ting Li Iowa State University has signed two exclusive license agreements with the French genome engineering company Cellectis granting the company worldwide rights to patent pending inventions related to TAL effector-nucleases (TALENs)...
October 04, 2012
We are saddened by the passing of Ed Pollak, Emeritus Professor of both the Statistics and Zoology and Genetics Departments. Dr. Pollak joined the ISU faculty in 1964 and retired as an emeritus professor in 2000. He earned a B.S in Botany from Cornell University in 1954, an M.S. in Experimental...
October 04, 2012
Professor Essner Prof. Jeff Essner and Ying Wang, a postdoctoral researcher in his lab, are among 16 co-authors who published their results in Nature recently of their research studies with TALENS technology. The paper, titled  In vivo genome editing using high-...

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