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January 26, 2015
Jillian Goetz Jillian Goetz, a Neuroscience graduate student in Prof. Trimarchi’s lab, was awarded the Knaphus College Teaching Fellowship for summer 2015.  She will be the instructor of record for the face-to-face section of Biol 101 this summer term. The late Professor Knaphus...
January 23, 2015
Staci Solin, an MCDB graduate student in Professor Maura McGrail’s lab, research studies on the molecular and cellular characterization of a zebrafish mutant that develops tumors in the optic pathway was published in the December 2014 online issue of PLOS One. In addition, an image of...
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...
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...
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 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
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. 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...
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
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...
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...
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
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
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
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
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...

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