News & Events

Jun 25, 2020

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Xin Yuan, whose PhD thesis work was recently published in PLOS Biology. Xin is a former member of the Siegrist lab. To read the publication, please click here

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Jun 8, 2020

Great news for three of our faculty members! Xiaorong Liu (left) and Sarah Siegrist (middle) have just received word that they have been promoted to Associate Professor status by the UVa Board of Visitors! Mandy Gibson (right) has received an R35 MIRA from NIH! Congratulations go out to all three of our Colleagues!!

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Jun 4, 2020

To enable coronavirus contact tracing the Biology Department requires everyone to sign in and out of department buildings. Use the QR code or this link:

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Jun 3, 2020

The research of Eyleen O'Rourke, Assistant Professor of Biology and Cell Biology, is highlighted in today's issue of UVAToday. Along with graduate student Wenfan Ke (lead author on a research paper describing the findings) as well as other members of the research team, the study found that "diet can cause microbes in the gut to trigger changes in the host’s response to a chemotherapy drug.

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May 21, 2020

Third-year Ph.D. evolutionary biology graduate student Phoebe Cook (left in photo) and third-year evolutionary biology major Olivia Baker have had their “Double Hoo” summer research award renewed. The award funds "research collaborations between undergraduate and graduate students. Each project receives up to $6,000 toward research expenses, funded through the Robert C. Taylor Fund".

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May 12, 2020

Associate Professor of Biology Martin Wu has been awarded funding from the Global Infectious Diseases Institute for his research on a point-of-care diagnostic test for COVID-19. As described in today's issue of UVAToday, "Current nucleic acid-based tests for active COVID-19 infection require expensive equipment suited to large, centralized diagnostic laboratories.

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May 11, 2020

Abbas Ghaddar, a graduate student in the O'Rourke lab, has been awarded a Jefferson Fellowship for his research entitled, "Single-cell deconstruction of the genetic networks underlying diet-induced obesity".

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May 7, 2020

Maria Ali (Kucenas Lab) has won the 2020 Graduate Biosciences Society’s Student Leadership Award!  "This student nominated award recognizes graduate students in the Biosciences who have made outstanding and notable academic, professional, social, and/or service contributions for the University of Virginia and the local community.  This award is meant to commend well-rounded graduate students wh

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May 4, 2020

Congratulations are in order for the winners of the 36th Annual Richard D. Katz Symposium, held April 29, 2020. The Katz Symposium gives the Distinguished Majors Program candidates an opportunity to present their research findings to Biology students and faculty. Left to right in the photo, the winners are: 

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Apr 29, 2020

Andres Norambuena, a senior scientist in George Bloom's lab, has been awarded his first NIH R01 research project grant. The project will study the molecular mechanism of a novel form of interorganelle communication and its role in Alzheimer's disease. Congratulations, Andres!


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