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Dittmar joins researchers the National Science Foundation
Dittmar joins researchers at the National Science Foundation
10/2/18

Dr. Katharina Dittmar is now Program Director, Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation (NSF). A former member of our faculty, Dittmar returns to UB on November 8, 2018, for a public presentation at 10:00 a.m. She will discuss the NSF mission, priorities (NSF’s Big Ideas), and offer suggestions for submitting a competitive proposal. Although the focus will be on NSF’s Biology Directorate, her presentation is relevant to researchers from any discipline. Dittmar will provide special emphasis on broad interdisciplinary topics, such as 'Rules of Life' and 'Coastal Regions', that cut across NSF Directorates. There will be opportunities for Q&A following her presentation. Small group sessions will be made available for researchers who have submitted proposals to the NSF and/or those who are planning to submit one. Interested faculty should contact Chitra Rajan (chitrara@buffalo.edu).

 

7/25/18
“We’re using a multidisciplinary approach to understand the evolution, structure and function of a viral gene co-opted by a mammal,” says UB evolutionary biologist Derek J. Taylor. “From an evolutionary standpoint, it’s rare that you can actually see a viral gene sequence like this that has remained intact in a mammalian host. Most of these things are eroded over time — they get chopped up and shuffled around."
6/21/18
“Our research identifies CD36 as a candidate for further study. Senescence is a fundamental aspect of being a cell, but there is still a lot that we don’t know about it,” says Omer Gokcumen, assistant professor of biological sciences, College of Arts and Sciences. “Senescence seems to have implications for old age and cancer, so understanding it is very important.”
6/6/18
"A lot of the treatments being developed for Alzheimer’s are targeting beta-amyloid, but maybe we should be targeting processes that happen earlier on, before plaques are formed.” Shermali Gunawardena
6/6/18
Medler's lab studies the physiology of signal transduction pathways and the regulation of these pathways in neuronal systems. We focus on peripheral sensory systems, primarily the taste system. The long term goal of the lab is to understand how signaling mechanisms are regulated within taste cells and how this regulation impacts the generation of the stimulus signal to the brain. We use molecular and physiological techniques, including patch clamp analysis and calcium imaging to investigate how signaling mechanisms function in taste cells.
1/19/18
Paul Gollnick is one of two recipients of the 2017-18 Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award, presented by the Graduate School to recognize UB faculty for their support and development of graduate students through their mentoring activities.
10/17/17
The Department of Biological Sciences is pleased to announce that Jessica Poulin is a recipient of the 2017 UB Teaching Innovation Award. The award recognizes faculty members who have contributed significantly to engaging students with new methods and approaches to teaching that have enhanced student-learning outcomes.
10/26/17
WHAT MAKES US HUMAN? A new study is exploring the legacy of interspecies trysts, with a focus on Western Asia, where the first relations may have occurred was recently published in Genome Biology and Evolution. The research analyzes the genetic material of people living in the region today, identifying DNA sequences inherited from Neanderthals.
11/28/17
Lindqvist's paper, published in Proceedings B, the Royal Society’s flagship biological research journal, accepting original articles and reviews of outstanding scientific importance and broad general interest. The main criteria for acceptance are that a study is novel, and has general significance to biologists.
3/19/18
A paper, published by Dr. Omer Gokcumen, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Eaaswarkhanth Muthukrishnan, Postdoctoral Associate in Gokcumen's Lab, has been awarded the annual Gabriel W. Lasker Award for the best original scientific article published in the journal, Human Biology. The award was created to recognize Professor Lasker's more than 40 years of service as Editor in Chief and consulting editor of Human Biology. The Lasker Award will be formally presented by the AAAG during the 2017 AAPA meetings in Atlanta.