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Congratulations to Dr. Zhao-Qing Luo on his faculty promotion

Posted on April 10, 2015 by

  Purdue University’s Board of Trustees on Friday (April 10) approved faculty promotions. The following promotions are effective with the 2015-16 academic year. From Associate to Full Professor Zhao-Qing Luo, professor of biological sciences  

2015 Umbarger Outstanding Graduate Student

Posted on April 8, 2015 by

  Bhagya Wijayawardena, a graduate student in Biological Sciences, has been selected to receive the 2015 H.E. Umbarger Outstanding Graduate Student Award. This highly competitive and prestigious award recognizes a student for their superb research career.   Bhagya is co-advised by Professor Dennis Minchella in Biological Sciences and Professor Andrew DeWoody in Forestry and Natural Resources. […]

Venkatraman has been awarded a 2015 Faculty for the Future Fellowship

Posted on April 6, 2015 by

  Prahatha Venkatraman, a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences, has successfully renewed and has been awarded a 2015 Faculty for the Future Fellowship from the Schlumberger Foundation in recognition of her leadership capabilities and scientific talents. The fellowship supports women scientists from developing countries through one-year grants of up to $50,000 to […]

Protein determines life or death fate of stressed cells

Posted on April 2, 2015 by

Researchers discovered a new protein involved in the process that determines the fate of cells under stress and whether they fight to survive or sacrifice themselves for the greater good. A protein named HYPE orchestrates a response to misfolded proteins within the cell, mistakes which increase when a cell is under stress from disease or […]

Disturbed ecosystems more sensitive to climate change?

Posted on April 1, 2015 by

A new paper led by György Kröel-Dulay and co-authored by professor Jeff Dukes (also of Forestry and Natural Resources), explores whether an ecosystem’s dynamic state determines its sensitivity to climatic changes. By tracking the long-term responses of vegetation to experimental warming and drought in 7 shrubland sites from across Europe, the authors found that ecosystems […]

Professor Kihara among best in protein modeling contests

Posted on April 1, 2015 by

  Professor Daisuke Kihara was recently recognized by as being one of the best researchers in protein modeling. He’s being called a ‘triple threat’ in the bioinformatics realm. The full article can be viewed here:

Jefferson High School Students Visit The Department of Biological Sciences

Posted on April 1, 2015 by

On Wednesday March 18th, the Advanced Biology students from Jefferson high school in Lafayette visited the Department of Biological Sciences. They were accompanied by their teacher, Dr. Melissa George. This visit was organized by our outreach coordinator Isidore Julien, and facilitated by the Department’s K-12 Outreach Program. The purpose of this program is two-fold: first, […]

Researchers identify a new trigger of cellular self-destruction

Posted on March 17, 2015 by

Researchers have identified a bacterial protein that triggers a self-inflicted cell death pathway in immune system cells and could lead to a better understanding of an important cellular structure. The protein initiates a cascade of events that leads the lysosome, a cellular structure filled with enzymes that break down and digest cellular material, to open […]

Song complexity determines high frequency hearing in birds

Posted on March 16, 2015 by

  Several factors appear to have affected the evolution of bird song. In particular, birds that live in wooded habitats seem to use relatively low-frequency, tonal songs that are not overly degraded by reverberations off of trees and leaves. In contrast, birds that live in open habitats tend to use quite complex songs with rapid […]

Spring 2015 Yeunkyung Woo Achieve Excellence Travel Award Winners

Posted on February 23, 2015 by

The Department of Biological Sciences is pleased to announce the winners of the Yeunkyung Woo Achieve Excellence Travel Award for the Spring 2015 competition. Aditi Kesari (Dr. David Sanders’ Laboratory) will present her studies at the upcoming Annual Meeting of the American Society of Virology held at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. Bhagya Wjayawardena (Dr. […]