News & Announcements

Pat Joslin ’14, Becca Bell ’15 and Professor Steve Swoap published a new article in the Journal of Animal Physiology and Nutrition

Obese mice on a high-fat alternate-day fasting regimen lose weight and improve glucose tolerance P. M. N. Joslin, R. K. Bell, and S. J. Swoap Alternate-day fasting (ADF) causes body weight (BW) loss in humans and rodents. However, it is not clear that ADF while maintaining a high-fat (HF) diet results in weight loss and the accompanying

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Professor Luana Maroja published in Nature

The gene cortex controls mimicry and crypsis in butterflies and moths NADEAU N.J., PARDO-DIAZ C., WHIBLEY A., SUPPLE M.A., SAENKO S.V., WALLBANK R.W.R., WU G.C., MAROJA L.S. FERGUSON L., HANLYJ.J., HINES H., SALAZAR C., MERRILL R.M., DOWLING A.J., FFRENCH-CONSTANT R.H., LLAURENS V., JORONM, MCMILLAN W.O.  & JIGGINS C.D. (2016). Nature 534: 106-110. doi:10.1038/nature17961 The wing

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Professor Tim Lebestky publishes in Genes, Brain & Behavior with honors students

Elise Pitmon ’16, Gabe Stephens ’15, Sarah Parkhurst, Fred Wolf, Greg Kehne’16, Michael Taylor and Tim Lebestky The D1 Family Dopamine Receptor, DopR, potentiates hindleg grooming behavior in Drosophila. Drosophila groom away debris and pathogens from the body using their legs in a stereotyped sequence of innate motor behaviors. Here, we investigated one aspect of the grooming repertoire

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Honors and Summer Research Open House

Dept Photo Spring 2015

The deadline to apply to the honors program and/or the summer research program is February 12th.  Information and applications can be found here.  There will be an open house and information session for those students interested in doing a thesis as well as students considering summer research.  The information session will be Tuesday, January 19th

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Ben Carone publishes in Developmental Cell

Genetic and Epigenetic Variation, but Not Diet, Shape the Sperm Methylome. Shea JM1, Serra RW1, Carone BR1, Shulha HP2, Kucukural A2, Ziller MJ3, Vallaster MP1, Gu H3, Tapper AR4, Gardner PD4, Meissner A3, Garber M2, Rando OJ5. Abstract: Paternal diet can impact metabolic phenotypes in offspring, but mechanisms underlying such intergenerational information transfer remain obscure. Here, we interrogate cytosine methylation patterns in sperm obtained from mice consuming

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Ben Carone publishes in Science

Biogenesis and function of tRNA fragments during sperm maturation and fertilization in mammals. Sharma U1, Conine CC1, Shea JM1, Boskovic A1, Derr AG2, Bing XY1, Belleannee C3, Kucukural A2, Serra RW1, Sun F1, Song L1, Carone BR1, Ricci EP4, Li XZ5, Fauquier L1, Moore MJ6, Sullivan R3, Mello CC7,Garber M2, Rando OJ8. Abstract: Several recent studies link parental environments to phenotypes in subsequent generations. Here, we investigate the mechanism by which paternal diet

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Derek Dean, Professor Maroja publish with students Sarah Cotrill ’15, Brent Bomkamp ’15 and Kathleen Westervelt ’16 in G3

The wavy mutation maps to the Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate 3-kinase 2 (IP3K2) gene of Drosophila and interacts with IP3R to affect wing development Derek M. Dean*1, Luana S. Maroja*, Sarah Cottrill*, Brent E. Bomkamp*, Kathleen A. Westervelt*, and David L. Deitcher ABSTRACT Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) regulates a host of biological processes from egg activation to cell

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Professor Luana Maroja publishes in G3

Genes with Restricted Introgression in a Field Cricket (Gryllus firmus/Gryllus pennsylvanicus) Hybrid Zone Are Concentrated on the X Chromosome and a Single Autosome Luana S. Maroja,*,1 Erica L. Larson,† Steven M. Bogdanowicz,‡ and Richard G. Harrison‡ Abstract Characterizing the extent of genomic differentiation between recently diverged lineages provides an important context for understanding the early

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Intekhab Hossain ’17 Co-Authored Paper at MIT

“I worked with an Immunologist/Chemical Biologist on modifying single domain antibodies (from alpacas) in order to use them for the imaging of immunotherapy. The paper was published in Angewandte Chemie (Applied Chemistry) which is maintained by the German Chemical Society.” – Intekhab Hossain ’17

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Associate Professor Luana Maroja publishes in G3

Characterizing the extent of genomic differentiation between recently diverged lineages provides an important context for understanding the early stages of speciation. When such lineages form discrete hybrid zones, patterns of differential introgression allow direct estimates of which genome regions are likely involved in speciation and local adaptation. Here we use a backcross experimental design to

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Announcing the 2015-16 Colloquium Schedule!!

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Students Publish in the American Journal of Physiology

Group Housing and Nest Building Only Slightly Ameliorate the Cold Stress of Typical Housing in in Female C57BL/6J Mice Rebecca L Maher , Shayna M Barbash , Daniel V Lynch , Steven John Swoap American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology Published 15 April 2015 Vol. no. , DOI: 10.1152/ajpregu.00407.201 Abstract Huddling

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Commencement 2015

The Biology Department invites all seniors and their families and friends to a commencement breakfast at 8:00am on commencement morning.

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Thesis Students: Poster Presentation Guidelines

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Annual Biology & Chemistry Picnic

If you are a bio or chem student, join us Friday, May 15th at 3:30pm in the quad.  Games, food and beer!!!

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Steve Swoap on NPR!!

Listen to an interview with Professor Steve Swoap on NPR on hibernation in the mammalian world.

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Q&A: Matt Carter talks Grad School, Papers, and Effortless Perfection

Check out Meagan Goldman’s ‘16 Q&A with Assistant Professor Matt Carter in The ScientEphic.

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Pre-Registration Advising Hours (and Pizza Party)

Join us on Monday, April 27th at noon in TBL 211 for a pizza lunch and to hear bio faculty give a brief overview of the course they’re teaching next fall. Pre-Reg Advising Hours 2015

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Reid Pryzant ’16 Named 2015 Goldwater Scholar

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Workshop for creating your thesis poster!!!

To help you prepare and present your poster for the thesis poster presentations (on May 8th), the Biology Department will be having a poster design workshop during our normally scheduled seminar time on Friday, April 24 at 1:10pm in TBL 112.  This workshop will provide advice on how to prepare, design, print, and present your

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