UPCOMING EVENTS

SPRING SEMINAR SERIES February 27, 2020 Christine Schaner Tooley, UB JSMBS Host: Michael Yu March 5, 2020 Dr. Ingo Braasch (Michigan State University) Host: Trevor Krabbenhoft April 2, 2020 Gal Haspel (NJIT) Host: Denise Ferkey April 16, 2020 Joe Breza (Eastern Michigan University) Host: Medler April 23, 2020 Seth Blackshaw (Johns Hopkins) Host: Jae Lee April 30, 2020 Luis Barreiro - Chicago Host: Gokcumen May 7, 2020 Tanja Godenschwege, FAU Host: Shermali.
SPRING SEMINAR SERIES

February 27, 2020
Christine Schaner Tooley, UB JSMBS
Host: Michael Yu

March 5, 2020
Dr. Ingo Braasch (Michigan State University)
Host: Trevor Krabbenhoft

April 2, 2020
Gal Haspel (NJIT) 
Host: Denise Ferkey

April 16, 2020
Joe Breza (Eastern Michigan University)
Host: Medler

In the News

2/10/20
"Beyond suggesting that the last mammoths were probably an unhealthy population, it’s a cautionary tale for living species threatened with extinction: If their populations stay small, they too may accumulate deleterious mutations that can contribute to their extinction.” —Vincent Lynch, PhD, assistant professor, UB Department of Biological Sciences
1/16/20
Shermali Gunawardena is leading a new study that explores alpha-synuclein’s basic properties, with a focus on a section of the protein known as the non-amyloidal component (NAC). The research was done on fruit fly larvae that were genetically engineered to produce both normal and mutated forms of human alpha-synuclein. The small acidic protein is associated with Parkinson’s disease. The study is published in the journal, Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience.
12/18/19
Think of nutrition as “what” and ingestive behavior as “why.” Given that diet-induced obesity inhibits taste responses, Kathryn Medler and Marie Torregrossa, UB Department of Psychology, are working to identify how excess weight and diet each individually affect the properties of taste cells. The work has won a pilot grant, one of the first to be funded by UB’s Center for Ingestive Behavior Research (CIBR). 
1/15/20
James Berry and Omer Gokcumen were selected to receive awards at UB's Fall 2019 Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence. The university-wide event was held on October 31, 2019, in Slee Hall. A large crowd was in attendance.
10/18/17
Omer Gokcumen is co-author of Human and Non-Human Primate Lineage-Specific Footprints in the Salivary Proteome in the Oxford Journal, Molecular Biology and Evolution. The study’s findings provide a necessary basis for future studies to assess whether the differences in human salivary proteins were caused by natural selection. The challenge will be to decipher the genetic underpinnings of these changes, and understand the evolutionary mechanisms that caused them. 
10/6/19
Congratulations to Aliaya Williams. The senior biological sciences student has won the SUNY-wide Norman R. McConney Jr. Award. The award honors a student who demonstrates determination, success, perseverance and leadership. UB Campus News features Williams' remarkable achievement.
8/9/19
Excerpt from national news report:  "Can science save the avocado? Like many commonly cultivated fruits and vegetables, avocados are under threat from climate change. One recent report predicts that by 2050, high temperatures and reduced precipitation in California will dramatically slash yields of the popular fruit, which thrives in moderate temperatures and humidity." Read more.