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TA prize awarded to Maryn Carlson and Adam Zmyslowski

The 2018-2019 Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Prize for the best performance by a BSD graduate student who is TAing in fulfillment of the Divisional Teaching Requirement was awarded to both Maryn Carlson and Adam Zmyslowski. In addition, a Divisional Teaching Assistant Award went to...


Two UChicago Bioscience alumni and faculty member discover that ancient sharks are much more like modern sharks than predicted

Alumni Aaron Olsen (PhD, Integrative Biology, 2016, now at Brown University) and John Finarelli (PhD, Evolutionary Biology, 2007, now at the University College Dublin, Ireland) worked with Professor Michael Coates, Department of Organismal Biology on a study about ancient shark feeding methods....


Recent Integrative Biology alum finds that alligator gars catch prey in a unique way

Justin Lemberg (Integrative Biology, Summer 2018) recently published an article in the Journal of Morphology. His research led him to discover that gars capture their prey by using their jaws and suction to keep their prey...



Kaitlin Kentala (left), Simone Rauch (middle), Bryan Dickinson (right)

Collaborative work leads to progress

Graduate students Simone Rauch (Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics) and Kaitlin Kentala (Chemistry) in Associate Professor Bryan Dickinson's lab (Chemistry) worked together alongside others to create a biosensor in order to record measurable output of RNA during various protein binding events...


Genentic "shooting stars" impact risk for disease

Professor Yoav Gilad (Human Genetics) along with graduate students Katie Rhodes (Human Genetics) and Reem Elorbany (Interdisciplinary Scientist Training Program) identified hundreds of sections of DNA that are associated with differences in gene expression between individuals. These differences...


Divisional Academic Ceremony Awards

Once a year a committee of faculty reviews dissertations nominated by the graduate programs for consideration to be designated the best dissertation in the Biological Sciences Division.  Alex White (Ecology and Evolution) received the 2018-19 award, announced at the Divisional Academic Ceremony...



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Graduate student in the Committee on Evolutionary Biology receives 2019 Wayne C. Booth Prize

Brooke Weigel, PhD candidate  in the Committee on Evolutionary Biology has been honored as a recipient of 2019 Wayne C. Booth Prize. The award is given to graduate students for outstanding instruction of undergraduates. 

Weigel shares her teaching perspective: "The most rewarding teaching...


Ecology and Evolution alum checks on Chicago's environmental plan for 2020

The Chicago Climate Action Plan, created by Mayor Richard M. Daley, has many ambitious actionable goals to create a better environment for the city of Chicago. Alison Anastasio, PhD, Ecology and Evolution 2009, learned of the plan and became interested in the research and planning. She went on...



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Olaf Schneewind, the Louis Block Professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology, 1961-2019

Olaf Schneewind, the Louis Block Professor  and chair of the Department of Biology, passed away on May 26, 2019 at the age of 57 after battling cancer. 

Schneewind is known for his work on Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus anthracis...


Zeresenay Alemseged co-authored a new study about ancient humans

Australopithecus sediba, hominin fossils found in Mapala Cave in South Africa, have long been thought to be the distant ancestor of humans. Over time this became controversial when it was discovered that these bones were 800,000 years younger than the first Homo.

After years of...

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