Dec 16, 2014 08:53 AM
Three big papers in Science and much coverage!
Dec 11, 2014 10:00 AM
Caleb McMahan has won the 2014 Museum of Natural Science Grad Student Award. A PhD student in the Chakrabarty lab, McMahan has 17 scientific publications, an NSF DDIG Grant and won the highest honor for a fish student at the American Society for Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (Stoye Award). He has also landed a job as Collections Manager for Fishes at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
Dec 09, 2014 10:11 AM
As part of LSU Space Day activities, artist Zachary Donze (son of David Donze and Holly Halle-Donze) custom designed a winning Orion mission patch with the help of his Parkview Bapist team. This patch launched with Orion earlier this month!
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Dec 09, 2014 09:56 AM
Cameron Thrash received an Honorable Mention for the 2015 Mindlin Foundation Science Communication Prize.for his blog.
Visit the Thrash Lab blog.
Dec 04, 2014 08:40 AM
LSU Press Release: Darwin 2.0: LSU Scientists Shed New Light on How Species Diverge
Nature Letter: The drivers of tropical speciation
Oct 28, 2014 10:26 AM
OSI Research Mentor Dr. Ryoichi Teruyama is highlighted in the latest publication from the Office of Strategic Initiatives.
View: OSI Fall 2014 Newsletter (page 6)
Sep 30, 2014 09:31 AM
Meredith Blackwell, Department of Biological Sciences, attended the Tenth International Mycological Congress in Bangkok, Thailand in August. She received two awards from the International Mycological Association (IMA).
She was one of two De Bary Medal awardees to individuals who have made outstanding, career contributions to mycological research. She and Robert Samson, Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, Fungal Biodiversity Center of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Utrecht, were the forth and fifth winners of the de Bary Medal in the forty year history of the IMA. In addition she was named one of nine founding Fellows of the IMA.
Sep 02, 2014 09:22 AM
Maria Vozzo, graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences, is researching the impact of oil on Louisiana oysters as a Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Scholar (GoMRI) with the Coastal Waters Consortium. Vozzo has completed her thesis detailing her long-term study of Barataria Bay oyster recruitment and predator exclusion study. She is now preparing to publish her results in scientific journals and is applying to PhD programs in Australia where she will soon be living.
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Aug 21, 2014 09:28 AM
Amanda Achberger and Brent Christner in Nature. View press release.
Aug 05, 2014 09:13 AM
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Jul 17, 2014 09:05 AM
Jul 10, 2014 09:46 AM
Earl Weidner on Marine Biological Laboratory – View
Jul 10, 2014 09:27 AM
A cathedral of understanding: Jacqueline Stephens at TEDxLSU – View
Jun 26, 2014 09:26 AM
LSU Scientist Assists in Discovery of Carnivorous Water Rat in Indonesia
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Jun 17, 2014 09:39 AM
LSU Researchers Discover New Eyeless Cavefish
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Jun 12, 2014 09:12 AM
Catfish Whiskers, pH Detectors, Help Track Prey
Japanese sea catfish are able to detect minute changes in seawater acidity, helping them find their favored food.
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May 22, 2014 09:31 AM
Dominique Homberger is highlighted on the LSU homepage for her work mentoring students. See LSU News.
Apr 10, 2014 08:55 AM
Oct 24, 2013 09:05 AM
Bret Elderd highlighted on the LSU Homepage for his work with the complex connections among a baculovirus pathogen, its host and the ecological community that contains them.
Oct 01, 2013 09:43 AM
Karen Maruska, assistant professor of biological sciences, is a recipient of the national Ralph E. Power Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). The award provides seed money to support research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. This is the second year in a row that a member of the biological sciences faculty has received this competitive award. Michal Brylinski, assistant professor of biological sciences, won the award in 2012
Oct 01, 2013 09:36 AM
Van Remsen, John S. McIlhenny Professor of Biological Sciences and curator of birds for the LSU Museum of Natural Science, is the 2013 recipient of the William Brewster Memorial Award, one of the highest honors given annually by the American Ornithologist’s Union (AOU). The award recognizes the author or co-authors of an exceptional body of work on birds of the Western Hemisphere. Read full story HERE.
Jun 11, 2013 11:29 AM
John Caprio met with the president of Kagoshima University, where he has had a long standing collaborative relationship.
See: Kagoshima University
Jun 05, 2013 10:50 AM
Congratulations to the following Graduate Students who received their degrees at the spring 2013 commencement:
Lisa Boughner – Doerrler – PhD
Tyler Broussard – Waldrop – PhD
George Cook – Batzer – PhD
Ben Dubansky – Galvez – PhD
Muhammad Ekram – Kim – PhD
Sarah Hird – Brumfield – PhD
Verity Mathis – Hafner – PhD
Khoa Nguyen – Grove – PhD
Michelle Osborn – Homberger – PhD
Kathir Selvam – Battista – PhD
Yalma Vargas-Rodrigues – Platt – PhD
…and to our 276 undergraduates who earned their Bachelor’s degrees! There were 34
Biochemistry majors, 231 Biological Sciences majors and 11 Microbiology
Jun 05, 2013 10:27 AM
Congratulations to our faculty who received Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Awards!
May 06, 2013 11:30 AM
Benjamin Dubansky, Fern Galvez and a team of collaborators study the long-term impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on killifish. See: LSU Research News
Apr 25, 2013 11:25 AM
Dr. Aronhime and his class are working to eradicate an aggressive invasive species of plant called elephant ear at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. See full story: LSU News
Mar 11, 2013 10:24 AM
Prosanta Chakrabarty was named a 2012 Rainmaker STEM Emerging Scholar!
See also: LSU News
Feb 25, 2013 10:29 AM
A new yeast genus has been named after Meredith Blackwell, Meredithblackwellia eburnea. It will be featured on the cover of Mycologia March/April this year.
See also: Cover
Feb 25, 2013 09:08 AM
Feb 20, 2013 10:29 AM
A team of graduate students from the LSU Museum of Natural Science have won the Peru Birding competition! Michael Harvey, Glenn Seeholzer, Paul Van Els and Ryan Terrill beat teams from Cornell University, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Spain and Brazil to win the Birding Rally Challenge. Congratulations!
See also: The Advocate
Ryo Teruyama was selected by a LSU committee to receive support as a LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor from the LSU-HHMI grant.
Prosanta Chakrabarty has won the LSU Emerging Scholar Rainmaker Award
Dec 05, 2012 11:07 AM
Recent biological sciences graduate Stewart Humble, a native of Egan, La., has been named a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years.
Humble graduated with a perfect grade-point-average in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a minor in chemistry. A member of the LSU Honors College, he graduated with Upper Division Honors Distinction.
See also: LSU News
Dec 05, 2012 11:00 AM
Mark Batzer, LSU System Boyd Professor and Mary Lou Applewhite Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences and his team of faculty, staff and student researchers are collaborating with an international consortium of experts who are working together to tackle the 1,000 Genomes Project. A recent report on phase one of the project published in Nature demonstrates human genetic variations through the analysis of genomes of 1,092 individuals from 14 populations.
Dec 05, 2012 10:58 AM
Marcia Newcomer, George C. Kent Professor of Biological Sciences, was voted in for her distinguished contributions to the field of structural biology, particularly for her recent elucidation of the structure of human 5-lipoxygenase.
New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a rosette pin on February16 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass.
See also: AAAS Fellows
Dec 05, 2012 10:34 AM
LSU Research, published annually by the Office of Research & Economic Development, features several of our faculty, staff and students. Some mentions are Jackie Stephens, Nathaniel Gilbert, Marcia Newcomer, the MARSLIFE project, Chris Austin and Al Meier.
Nov 12, 2012 11:31 AM
The award winners of this year’s symposium are as follows:
Best Poster Awards
BMB – Hiromi Brown
CDIB – Vijai Krishnan
SEE – Michael Harvey
Best Oral Presentation Awards
CDIB/BMB – Shawn Doyle
SEE – Michelle Osborn
Oct 18, 2012 11:07 AM
Professor emeritus John Fleeger receives media coverage for recent work.
The big picture of marsh loss (pdf)
Sep 25, 2012 12:00 AM
Allison James, graduate student in Patrick DiMario’s lab, was awarded the Masayasu Nomura prize for the best poster presented by a graduate student at the 9th International Conference on Ribosome Synthesis held in Banff, Canada from August 22-26. Congratulations, Allison!
Sep 05, 2012 10:47 AM
Hector Urbina, PhD student in Biological Sciences, won a first prize for his poster presentation, Phylogenetic Study of the Xylose Reductase XYL1 in Insect Gut Yeasts, at the 13th International Conference on Yeasts at Madison, Wisconsin, 26-30 August 2012. About sixty students presented posters. Urbina’s research poster is part of his larger dissertation research for which he has collected in Guatemala, Thailand, and tropical Australia. He also gave a second oral presentation chosen from among the abstracts that was presented in a symposium, Yeast Biogeography. Urbina’s presentation was entitled “A biogeographical study of the xylose-fermenting yeasts from the gut of passalid beetles.”
Abstract: The fermentation of D-xylose by yeasts requires the expression of xylose reductase (XYL1), xylitol dehydrogenase (XYL2), and xylulose kinase (XYL3) to convert D-xylose to D-xylulose-5-phosphate, that is then incorporated into the pentose phosphate pathway to be catalyzed to ethanol. In order to study the evolution of this biochemical ability in yeasts, we used two strategies, 1) the characterization of ascomycete yeasts that ferment or assimilate xylose from the gut of wood-feeding passalid beetles collected from distant regions (Thailand, USA, Guatemala, and Panama), and 2) the design of degenerate primers for XYL1, the enzyme that plays a fundamental role in the pathway. The diversity of gut-inhabiting yeasts was dominated by undescribed ascomycete species classified in the non xylose-fermenting (X-F) Sugiyamaella and Lodderomyces clades, as well as from the Scheffersomyces and Spathaspora clades where the highest diversity of X-F yeasts has been reported. We were able to amplify a 600 bp of the N-terminal region of XYL1 from most of the species studied regardless of whether they ferment or assimilate D-xylose or not. The conserved domains G(X3)DXA(X2)Y, L(X8)D(X4)H and G(X3)GXG, and the conserved amino acids that form the xylose binding pocket, however, were present only in yeasts that are able to ferment and/or assimilate D-xylose. We found numerous amino acid substitutions surrounding the conserved domains, primarily in the Scheffersomyces yeast members. These mutations may enhance the rate of xylose fermentation, as has been shown by some Scheffersomyces clade members. Phylogenetic analyses based on XYL1 also indicated a clear separation among members of the Spathaspora clade in relation to the geographical distribution of their beetle hosts. Results of this study support the close association between xylose-fermenting yeasts and wood-feeding beetles in widely separated geographic regions.
Aug 08, 2012 11:59 AM
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Aug 02, 2012 09:29 AM
Congratulations to the following Graduate Students who will receive their degrees at the summer 2012 commencement:
Yunbing Ma – Moroney – PhD
Kimberly LeBlanc – Donze – MS
Gustavo Bravo – Remsen – PhD
Shujun Zhang – Galvez – PhD
Yu Ge – Hart – MS
Darin Ellair – Platt – PhD
Laura Brown – Brown – MS
….and to those receiving undergraduates degrees this summer, which includes 28 biochemistry, 226 biology and 9 microbiology majors!
Aug 02, 2012 09:02 AM
July 16-20 the department hosted the 2012 National Academies Gulf Coast Summer Institute (GCSI) on Undergraduate Education in Biology. This HHMI-supported program is one of seven such programs nationally aimed at fostering innovative approaches to teaching undergraduate biology. The program involved 34 faculty from twelve universities and colleges and was directed by Chris Gregg and Bill Wischusen. Kevin Carman, Anne Grove and Joe Siebenaller were presenters and facilitators. As a result of their successful completion of the GCSI the following Biological Sciences faculty earned the title of National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences: Barry Aronhime, Brooke Dubansky, Bret Elderd, Sheri Glowinski, John Lynn and Ryoichi Teruyama. Since 2004 sixteen Biological Sciences faculty have earned this distinction.
Aug 02, 2012 08:55 AM
Jul 24, 2012 10:56 AM
Jackie Stephens received the LSU Rainmaker Senior Scholar Award in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. See also LSU News.
Jul 11, 2012 09:50 AM
Oak Ridge Associated Universities, a consortium of doctoral-granting academic institutions, announced that Assistant Professor Michal Brylinski of LSU’s Department of Biological Sciences and the Center for Computation and Technology, or CCT, is among the recipients of its annual Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. View full story: LSU news
Jun 19, 2012 10:24 AM
Nathan Gilbert, alumni of the Newcomer lab, received the LSU Alumni Association Distinguished Dissertation Award in Science, Engineering & Technology. See also LSU News.
May 15, 2012 10:57 AM
At the Departmental Crawfish Boil a number of our graduate students received research, teaching, and travel awards:
Jonathan Bonin and Ben Dubansky – William H. Gates Award for Excellence in Freshman Instruction – Given annually to a teaching assistant for outstanding instruction in freshman biology laboratories for majors.
Satya Avva – Freshman Biology Award – Given annually to a teaching assistant in the biological sciences for outstanding instruction in freshman biology laboratories for non-majors.
Yuna Seo – Scott and Louise Pierce Allen Scholarship for Biochemistry – Given annually to a biochemistry graduate student for significant achievement in research.
Yunbing Ma – C. W. Edgerton Honor Award – Given annually to a finishing plant biology graduate student for significant achievements in research.
Andrés Cuervo – C. R. Komma Memorial Outstanding Graduate Student Award – Given annually to an outstanding international PhD graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences.
Michael Harvey – T. Vinton Holmes Award – Given annually to support student research in the field of ornithology.
Ben Dubansky and Yangling Meng – McDaniel Travel Award – Established in memory of Michael McDaniel who was a graduate student in the Department of Zoology and Physiology.
May 15, 2012 10:14 AM
At the Choppin Honors Convocation a number of our faculty and students won awards. The faculty who received awards were:
David Donze: TAF Graduate Teaching Award
Kathy Thompson: TAF Undergraduate Teaching Award
Bill Platt: TAF Undergraduate Teaching Award through the Honors College
Christopher Gregg: Faculty Rector of the Year for the second year in a row!
The undergraduates who received awards at the Honors Convocation:
Zachary Fitzpatrick (BCH): College of Science, Outstanding Sophomore
Lauren Oliver (BIOL – Austin): Biological Sciences Research Award. Lauren was also awarded a NSF fellowship.
Pamela Doerner (BCH – Bartlett) Biochemistry Research award
Chelsea Kleibert (BCH – Achberger)
Elizabeth Mengis (BCH – Grove) and Tiffany Lemon (BCH – Grove) won Charles S. McCleskey Awards
Chase Mayers (MBIO – Longstreth) won The Robert L. Amborski Award
Sahiti Kilaru (MBIO – Christner) won the Marion D. Socolofsky Award
Tyne Courville (BIOL – Achberger) was named the Outstanding Geaux Teach Student
The following undergraduates earned College Honors:
Mytrang Do, Stewart Humble (Kevin Smith in Chemistry), Glynis Mattheisen (Gleason), Scott McFerren (Homberger), James
Oldenburg (Batzer), and Lauren Oliver (Austin). Catherine Fontenot (BIOL – Batzer) and James Oldenburg (BIOL – Batzer) won Dean’s
See also College of Science News.
May 10, 2012 10:19 AM
Amanda Achberger, Valerie Derouen, and Lauren Oliver were awarded the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship. See also College of Science News.
May 07, 2012 11:56 AM
LSU Research Finds Orangutans Host Ancient Jumping Genes
Mark Batzer, along with research associate Jerilyn Walker and assistant professor Miriam Konkel, have published research determining that modern-day orangutans are host to ancient jumping genes called Alu, which are more than 16 million years old. The study was done in collaboration with the Zoological Society of San Diego and the Institute of Systems Biology in Seattle and is featured in the new open access journal Mobile DNA. See also Abstract, LSU news, Science Codex
Apr 27, 2012 12:00 AM
Meredith Blackwell was elected to be a member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The academy was founded in 1780 and early members included Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Alexander Graham Bell and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The Academy has members in the sciences as well as other academic pursuits. See also LSU news, The Advocate
Apr 20, 2012 10:42 AM
Marcia Newcomer was named the winner of a Distinguished Faculty Award.
Nathan Gilbert, who received his Ph.D. working with Marcia Newcomer this past semester, won a LSU Alumni Association Distinguished Dissertation Award in Science, Engineering and Technology.
Michal Brylinski won the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award.
Amanda Achberger (Brent Christner’s lab) won a NSF fellowship.
Valerie Derouen (Prosanta Chakrabarty’s lab) won a NSF fellowship.
Hector Urbina (Meredith Blackwell’s lab) received a Mentor Student Travel Award (MSTA) to attend the Mycological Society of America annual meeting at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, from July 15-18, 2012.
Apr 20, 2012 08:19 AM
Apr 20, 2012 07:59 AM
Simon Chang, professor emeritus, recently traveled to Boston to speak at a symposium in memory of H. Gobind Khorana, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Biology and Chemistry, emeritus at MIT and Nobel Laureate. Professor Chang was a postdoctoral researcher with Professor Khorana.
Mar 29, 2012 11:29 AM
Jackie Stephens was named an LSU Rainmaker.
David Longstreth won a TAF Freshman Teaching Award given by the University College.
Congratulations to our award winning faculty!
Feb 23, 2012 11:32 AM
LSU Biology Chair and Glenda Wooters Streva Alumni Professor James Moroney was one of 13 scientists invited to a workshop sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to share their views on how photosynthesis research may positively impact agricultural productivity. These discussions will help to educate the Gates Foundation’s Agricultural Development program about future projects to support increased sustainable productivity of small holder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. View Full Story
Feb 22, 2012 12:00 AM
Professor Marcia Newcomer has accepted an invitation to serve on the Macromolecular Structure and Function E-Study Section, or MSFE, of the Center for Scientific Review, or CSR, from July 1, 2012 until June 30, 2016. View full story.
Jan 12, 2012 11:27 AM
LSU’s Chris Austin recently discovered two new species of frogs in New Guinea, one of which is now the world’s tiniest known vertebrate, averaging only 7.7 millimeters in size – less than one-third of an inch. It ousts Paedocypris progenetica, an Indonesian fish averaging more than 8 millimeters, from the record. Austin, leading a team of scientists from the United States including LSU graduate student Eric Rittmeyer, made the discovery during a three-month long expedition to the island of New Guinea, the world’s largest and tallest tropical island. View FULL STORY
Oct 16, 2011 12:00 AM
Steven’s Lab Graduate Student Studies Bat Behavior
Aside from witches and black cats, bats are one of the creatures most synonymous with Halloween – and, perhaps, one of the most villainized mammals in existence. View FULL STORY
Oct 10, 2011 01:57 PM
A former student highlights Dr. Gleason for Ada Lovelace Day. View BLOG