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Each semester we host the Biological Sciences Seminar Series sponsored in part by the Orrin Foster Lecture Fund.  Information on the Fall 2020 Seminar Series is forthcoming.
Gerald Koudelka (left), professor and former chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, cuts the ribbon at a ceremony, December 3, 2019, celebrating renovations that were completed in the department, located in the Cooke-Hochstetter complex on the North Campus. Looking on are College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robin Schulze and Joe Helfer, senior assistant to the chair. The rehab, part of UB’s physical plan, was designed to foster research and facilitate collaboration among faculty, staff and students.  Photo: Jackie Hausler. See the related item: New Space for New Ideas.
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.

The pandemic has caused a run on baker’s yeast. It’s a marvelous organism, as UB scientists explain


The species’ newly sequenced genome highlights how evolutionary tinkering transforms plants into some of nature’s great chemical-makers.


Biologist Soo-Kyung Lee had researched a gene crucial to brain development. Then, her baby, Yuna, was born with a mutation in that gene.


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


Research provides insight into the evolution of the progesterone receptor gene — and raises more questions.


Two studies mark an early step in a UB biologist’s quest to understand how foxgloves make medicinal compounds.


New research adds to growing evidence that our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals at multiple times in history.


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


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


From analyzing the avocado genome to designing a stingray-inspired space exploration vehicle, here are some highlights from a year of discovery.


A new study illuminates the avocado’s family history and lays the foundation for the species’ improvement.


The research builds on evidence that the last mammoths on a lonely Arctic island suffered from a variety of genetic defects.


The neuroscience major is a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.


Three projects selected for pilot grants all have the broader aim of understanding how obesity develops and what systems might be targeted to treat it.


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


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


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


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.


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 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.


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.


A study of 46 mammal species explores the evolutionary history of amylase, a compound that breaks down carbs.


The award is one of the most competitive and respected scientific fellowships in the U.S.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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