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News and Events

Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Applications are currently being solicited for our 8-week Summer Research Program

Participants conduct independent research projects in faculty laboratories in the areas of microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, evolutionary biology, genetics,  invertebrate/vertebrate physiology, neurobiology,and ecology. Students will work under the direct supervision of a faculty research mentor.


Excellence in University Service Award

Long time department staff member Deborah Weaver honored with 2020 Excellence in University Service award.


MU4Gold Program Extended

MU4Gold Scholars Program receives extension to recruit fourth cohort

Dr. Stefan Schnitzer awarded $915,000 grant 

Dr. Rosemary Stuart receives NIH grant for study of yeast mitoribosomes

Dr. Pinfen Yang receives $419,250 from the NIH for molecular study of eukaryotic cilia

USDA grants Dr. Michael Schlappi $500,000 to study the mechanisms of cold stress tolerance responses in rice


Student Achievements

Aaron Griffing is a recipient of the Rev. John P. Raynor, S.J. Fellowship and Shannon Keating is a recipient of a Richard W. Jobling istinguished Research Assistantship. Aaron and Shannon will be supported on these awards in the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Nilisha Pokhrel receives Scholl Graduate Student Award for papers published in Nucleic Acids Research and Nature Structural and Molecular Biology.

Aaron Griffing awarded 2020 Oliver H. Smith Academic Achievement Award