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Purdue researchers successfully target ‘Achilles’ heel’ of MERS virus

Posted on June 16, 2015 by

A Purdue University-led team of researchers studying the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, have found molecules that shut down the activity of an essential enzyme in the virus and could lead the way to better treatments for those infected. The virus is in the international spotlight again as South Korea faces the largest MERS […]

Research reveals the mechanism of precise attack in infection

Posted on June 15, 2015 by

Like modern military operations, precise attack is important in infections. A new study by Dr. Zhao-Qing Luo’s group and their collaborators at Cornell University reveals the mechanism of precise attack by a virulence factor called SidC from the bacterial pathogen Legionella pneumophila, which deploys a large cohort of arsenals to bring down the immune system. […]

Team USA selected from USA Biology Olympiad at Purdue

Posted on June 15, 2015 by

Four top-scoring high school students will represent the United States as Team USA 2015 during the International Biology Olympiad July 12-19 in Aarhaus, Denmark. Members of Team USA earned gold medals at the Center for Excellence in Education’s USA Biology Olympiad national finals jointly sponsored with Purdue University on its main campus. Nearly 10,500 students […]

Marcy Nevius graduates from the Accomplished Clerical Excellence program

Posted on June 2, 2015 by

The Accomplished Clerical Excellence (ACE) and the Council for Manager Development (CMD) programs graduated a combined 43 University staff members this spring. On May 6, a celebration was held in Purdue Memorial Union’s North Ballroom to recognize this year’s ACE class. Twenty-three clerical staff members from various areas across campus graduated from the two-year program. […]

Adding app to course helps students Pattern their study habits

Posted on May 21, 2015 by

Teaching in a lecture hall to 400 students, Alan Friedman always wondered how much time they spent studying for his class, and if that effort resulted in better learning and grades. But simply polling students in his introductory biology course about how much they studied gave only the most general answers. Then he began using […]

Dr. Minchella helps send off 30 Biology graduates!

Posted on May 18, 2015 by

As first-year students, biology majors begin with Biology 121 taught by Dennis Minchella. So it only seemed fitting that on the first stop of the 2015 biology graduates bar crawl, they celebrated with Dr. M!

Alex Chubykin awarded Whitehall Foundation grant

Posted on May 15, 2015 by

Assistant Professor Alexander Chubykin has been awarded a prestigious Whitehall Foundation grant.  These three-year awards are currently targeted to the most promising new investigators studying basic neuroscience.  Whitehall Foundation grants support scholarly research in the life sciences, in dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily supported by Federal Agencies or other foundations […]

Findings reveal clues to functioning of mysterious ‘mimivirus’

Posted on May 15, 2015 by

Researchers have discovered the structure of a key protein on the surface of an unusually large virus called the mimivirus, aiding efforts to determine its hosts and unknown functions. The mimivirus was initially thought to be a bacterium because it is much larger than most viruses. It was isolated by French scientists in 1992 but […]

Evolution in action: Mate competition weeds out GM fish from population

Posted on May 8, 2015 by

Purdue University research found that wild-type zebrafish consistently beat out genetically modified Glofish in competition for female mates, an advantage that led to the disappearance of the transgene from the fish population over time. The study, the first to demonstrate evolutionary outcomes in the laboratory, showed that mate competition trumps mate choice in determining natural […]

Biology Undergrads awarded Stamps and Beering Scholarships

Posted on May 7, 2015 by

Kristen Frohning (Newton, Illinois) and Sarah Rodenbeck (Indianapolis, Indiana) have been awarded Purdue Stamps Scholarships. The full-ride scholarship is made possible by Purdue scholarship funds and the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Inc., said Jennifer Dexter, senior assistant director and scholarship coordinator for the Office of Admissions. In addition to the monetary award, these scholars will […]