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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. 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
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-...
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...
September 04, 2012
Prof. Jo Anne Powell-Coffman GDCB Professor and Interim Department Chair, Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, has been chosen as 1 of only 40 faculty in the nation who will serve as Vision and Change Leadership Fellow for the  Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE)...
August 04, 2012
GDCB would like to congratulate the following students affiliated with the department who graduated in summer term. Undergraduate Students Biology: Sarah Caudill, Colin Coulter, Sara Garton, Luke Hardi, Kyleigh Huth, Drew Iannone, Angela Johnson, Timothy Landwehr, Carmen Leon, Christine...
August 04, 2012
The growth of an existing endowment fund at Iowa State University will create a new professorship in plant biology in the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology (GDCB).  The Loomis family established the Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Fund in 1981 to maintain and build upon...
August 04, 2012
Prof. Jo Anne Powell-Coffman How does the altered gravity experienced during space flight change the abilities of animals to respond to stress or to resist food-borne pathogens? A team of ISU scientists, including GDCB Professor and Interim Department Chair, Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, has...
August 04, 2012
Prof. Martin Spalding Dr. Marty Spalding, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Associate Dean and Professor in GDCB, has received a three-year sponsored grant award of $510,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy for his research project entitled, Structure/Function of the Novel Proteins...
August 04, 2012
Prof. Jeffrey Trimarchi Prof. Jeff Trimarchi, an assistant professor in the GDCB Department, uses state-of-the-art technologies to analyze the changes of gene expression that accompany eye development or disease.  Dr. Trimarchi is one of the few scientists who do this kind of analysis...
August 01, 2012
  Prof. Colbert and Skunk River Navy volunteers Jim Colbert, Associate Professor of Biology in EEOB and courtesy joint faculty in GDCB, is this year’s recipient of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Cassling Family Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching. ...
July 28, 2012
GDCB 2012 Recognition Luncheon GDCB Recognition Luncheon.  Ninety-five students, faculty, and staff associated with GDCB were recognized for their achievements during the year at the annual GDCB Honors and Awards Recognition Luncheon held on April 24, 2012 in the Molecular Biology...
July 04, 2012
Dr. Michael Muszynski Dr. Michael Muszynski, GDCB Adjunct Assistant Professor, has been awarded $15,000 from the USDA-Agriculture Research Services (ARS) for his project entitled, “Development of functional molecular markers for the Ga1 locus.” The objective of this research is to...
July 04, 2012
Dr. Eve Wurtele (left) and Dr. Bing Yang Dr. Eve Syrkin Wurtele, GDCB professor, and Micheline Ngaki, a graduate research assistant in Prof. Wurtele’s lab, along with research groups at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, uncovered the function of three plant proteins of the...
July 04, 2012
  Dr. Bing Yang Dr. Bing Yang, GDCB Assistant Professor, will collaborate with Dr. Blake Meyers of the University of Delaware on the USDA NIFA sponsored project, entitled “The Role of the Rice OsHEN1 in Small RNA Modifications and in Responses to Bacterial Blight.” Dr. Yang, Co-PI on...
May 28, 2012
Dr Lois Girton (left) and Denise Hix Dr. Lois Girton, undergraduate academic adviser for biology and genetics, and Denise Hix, undergraduate academic adviser for biology, were each recognized with advising awards by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for their outstanding...
May 04, 2012
Dr. Taner Sen Dr. Taner Z. Sen, a collaborating assistant professor of GDCB and a Computational Biologist for the USDA Research Service (USDA-ARS), was recently profiled by the Biophysical Society in their May 2012 newsletter.
May 04, 2012
Dr. Barbara Krumhardt Dr. Barbara Krumhardt, a senior lecturer in genetics, development and cell biology, is known for motivating her students to think creatively about science in the large Biology 255 human anatomy and 256 human physiology lectures and the smaller lab sections she...
May 01, 2012
GDCB was honored to award the first David Gladson Scholarship this spring to Eun-Ah Ye, a Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience doing her graduate research in Professor Don Sakaguchi’s laboratory. The endowed scholarship was established in memory of David Gladson, who battled Multiple Sclerosis...

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