News & Events

Each semester we host the Biological Sciences Seminar Series sponsored in part by the Orrin Foster Lecture Fund. Dates and speakers for the Spring 2019 Seminar Series will be announced soon.
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.

A UB study uncovers a complex story that hints at how adaptable — yet delicate — we are as a species.


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.


The Ada Lovelace Fellowship covers tuition and fees for three years for students who are members of underrepresented groups in computing.


From identifying a potential autism treatment to creating fungal-fighting 3-D printed dentures — here are some highlights from a year of discovery.


Students are using CRISPR to alter yeast genes in a course on genetics at UB that also asks them to consider the technology’s potential societal implications.


It’s the fifth year in a row that a UB student has been awarded this prestigious scholarship.


Study suggests that a gene encoding a viral protein has been carefully preserved in Myotis bats for millions of years.


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


Biologist Shermali Gunawardena studies ‘traffic jams’ in brain cells with the hope of unraveling the origins of disease.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


National Institutes of Health saw successful impact of scholarship program.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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