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Two Biological Sciences Faculty Join the In Defense of Water Research Team

Two faculty members from the Biological Sciences departmentDr. Krassi Hristova and Dr. Chris Marshall— have joined the research team for the In Defense of Water program. Supported by Marquette’s largest-ever federal award for water research, this multidisciplinary research program brings together collaborators from Marquette and the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center to address water quality challenges and promote healthier environments for troops and civilians. The projects will help the Army promote sustainability, resilience and health on and around military sites — and yield important public health benefits as well. We congratulate Drs. Hristrova and Marshall on this accomplishment. To learn more about their research, click here for the full story

GAANN Fellowship Funding

The Department of Biological Sciences has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program. The GAANN program provides fellowships (stipend and tuition) to doctoral students of superior academic ability in financial need, particularly from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in the field of biological sciences. To learn more about the GAANN program and qualifications for the fellowship, click here.

Dr. Anita Manogaran recieves $950,000 NSF Grant

Dr. Anita Manogaran, associate professor of biological sciences in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette University, has been awarded a $950,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to address fundamental questions about how cells respond to and manage misfolded and aggregating proteins.

Diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or amyloidosis are aging disorders that are linked to misfolded, aggregated proteins in tissues such as the brain or heart. Yet, it is still unclear how aggregating proteins do damage at the cellular level. Read more.

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

Are you an undergraduate interested in getting involved with research? Check here to find out which professors currently have openings for undergraduates. 


Virtual Open House for Graduate Studies in Biological Sciences: November 19th, 12:00pm - 2:00pm CST. 

Dr. Anita Manogaran has been promoted to Associate Professor beginning fall of 2021.

Dr. Deanna Arble has been awarded a Way Klingler Young Scholar Award for the 2021/22 academic year.

Dr. Stephen M. Downs (Emeritus), Dr. Robert H. Fitts (Emeritus), Dr. Tony Gamble, Dr. Stefan A. Schnitzer, and Dr. Rosemary Stuart have been ranked in the top 2% of scientific researchers in the world by a team at Stanford University.

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.

Katherine A. Maniates received the 2021 Scholl Graduate Student Award for her paper entitled "Sperm fate is promoted by the mir-44 microRNA family in the Caenorhabditis elegans hermaphrodite" published in Genetics. 

Shannon Keating awarded 2021 Oliver H. Smith Academic Achievement Award.