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We seek a broadly trained molecular geneticist whose research should incorporate state-of-the-art methods and address questions of broad biological significance. The successful candidate will teach an introductory core course in genetics as well as upper level courses in his or her area of specialty. This individual will advise undergraduates in research and participate in interdisciplinary
We seek a broadly trained evolutionary ecologist whose research incorporates state-of-the-art methods and a strong field component to address questions of broad ecological significance. The successful candidate will teach the organismal course in our introductory sequence as well as upper-level courses in ecology and evolutionary biology. This individual will advise undergraduates in research and potentially participate in interdisciplinary programs such as Environmental Studies and/or Bioinformatics, Genomics & Proteomics. Normally, faculty members teach one course and two associated laboratory sections (or the equivalent) each semester.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
The Biology Department invites all seniors and their families and friends to a commencement breakfast at 8:00am on commencement morning.
If you are a bio or chem student, join us Friday, May 15th at 3:30pm in the quad. Games, food and beer!!!
Listen to an interview with Professor Steve Swoap on NPR on hibernation in the mammalian world.
Check out Meagan Goldman’s ‘16 Q&A with Assistant Professor Matt Carter in The ScientEphic.
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