News & Events

BioNews is the department's newsletter. It features the year's news, events, and story highlights for faculty, students, alums, and friends. On this page you can download each edition of BioNews, published since 2011.

Recent News


The newly sequenced genome of the coffee plant reveals secrets about the evolution of man’s best chemical friend: caffeine.


UB biologists are serving as consultants on the ultimate middle school science project: growing potatoes in space.


Researcher Charlotte Lindqvist analyzed DNA samples for the special which will be broadcast May 29.


An accomplished scholar, Gollnick has published over 100 academic articles, advancing the field of microbiology.


The ubiquitous houseplant is imperiled in the wild, and UB scientists are crowdfunding an effort to sequence its genome.


A study on primates' slobber shows that adaptation isn’t just about creating new tools for survival — it’s also about tweaking the ones we have.


A genetic variant associated strongly with eczema may be a random artifact of evolution, study finds.


A study shows that short-term hearing loss can cause auditory nerve cells to alter their behavior and even their shape.


New study adds to evidence that fat and related molecules — called lipids — are more active in cellular processes than previously thought.


UB architect Joyce Hwang’s latest animal architecture creation, called Bower, will be celebrated at an opening event this Thursday at Artpark in Lewiston.


For a plant, the evolutionary pathways to becoming a carnivore may be limited, researchers say.


Researchers will tackle solar power, climate change in WNY, e-waste, pollution at Lake Erie’s Woodlawn Beach and more.


Three Buffalo Public Schools students aim to find out how potatoes germinated in space will fare when planted on Earth.


A study of the iconic tree uncovers genetic secrets of value to wood, paper industries.


The carnivorous humped bladderwort plant is a sophisticated predator. Living in swamps and ponds, it uses vacuum pressure to suck prey into tiny traps at breathtaking speeds of under a millisecond.


National Institutes of Health saw successful impact of scholarship program.


Twenty-five UB students will receive $25,000 in scholarship and internship support through fellowship program made possible by the Prentice Family Foundation.


The evolutionary history of a salivary protein may point to interbreeding between humans and an enigmatic ancient relative.


Researchers from UB and Cardiff University were instrumental in creating a special themed issue of the quarterly journal Built Environment focused on food equity, an increasingly important topic in planning and design disciplines.


The region holds a unique position in the story of human evolution, UB scientists say.


New paper shows how science can explore the roots of folklore.


From developing a pneumonia vaccine to desalinating water with the sun, here are some highlights from a year of discovery.


Researchers identify a new chemical pathway that helps the brain detect sweet, savory and bitter flavors.


Program encourages collaboration among researchers, while serving as a springboard to external funding.


Fifteen University at Buffalo students have received 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, presented to them by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson April 10 at an awards ceremony in Albany.