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Marquette University Department of Biology

Apr. 30, 2014 | Volume 3, Issue 2


NOTES From The Chair

Dr. Dale NoelAs usual, we have interesting department and individual history to go along with our news. With gratitude for their long service to the department, we announce the retirements of faculty members Kathy Karrer and Jim Courtright. Jim was highlighted in our first newsletter. Now it is Kathy's turn, along with a profile of Krishna Kumaran, a mainstay of the department in years past. In other news, our youngest faculty member, Lisa Petrella, has brought to the department a cutting-edge new microscope to analyze the responses of the nematode C. elegans to environmental insults. Our Biological Undergraduate Society (BUS) has been especially active this year; of the many events they have sponsored, two are highlighted herein. Undergraduate Research Day, held on April 25, will feature over 25 research posters and talks by this year's research award winners. In the alumni section, I'm pleased to note the profile of Michelle Hastings, who I saw every day when she was a graduate student working across the hall from my office.



Notes from the Chair

Department News

Our History

Faculty Profiles

Faculty Highlights

Undergraduate Student Highlights

Graduate Student Highlights

Biological Sciences Alumni


Past Issues

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New equipment and a lab course enhance learning and research in the department; Dr. Kathy Karrer and Dr. James Courtright will be missed as they retire this spring. Read more.


Under the leadership of chair Dr. Saunders and later, Dr. Abramoff, the department adds to its faculty numbers in the 1960’s to create a modern research and teaching department. Read more.

Faculty Profiles: Past and Current

Dr. A. Krishna Kumaran was a member of the department’s faculty from 1969-1997.

Geneticist Dr. Kathy Karrer came to Marquette in 1989.

Faculty Highlights

The department’s faculty have presented as invited speakers, researched how to better educate students, and received awards. Read more.

Undergraduate Student Highlights

The undergraduate club BUS has taken off with two successful events this semester and outstanding students are recognized with departmental awards. Read more.

Graduate Student Highlights

Graduate student Meghan Fealey describes her first experience of attending a major research conference, and four students will earn degrees and graduate this May. Read more.

Biological Sciences Alumni

•  After earning her doctorate at MU, Dr. Michelle Hastings (Ph.D. 1998) now runs her own research lab at Rosalind Franklin University.

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Marquette University
Department of Biology
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P.O. Box 1881
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