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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...


UChicago Biosciences alum elected to National Academy of Sciences

Congratulations to UChicago alum Susan Alberts PhD '98 (Professor in Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke) who has been elected to the National Academy of...



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Two UChicago Professors find genetic link that leads to solutions for arsenic toxicity

Two UChicago faculty members, Brandon Pierce (Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences and Human Genetics), along with Habibul Ahsan Louis Block...



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Ecology and Evolution Professor and Co-Director of the Microbiome Center stays focused on broder world of microbes

The Microbiome Center is a group of scientists dedicated to learning about the world of microbes. Originally founded by the University of Chicago, The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and Argonne National Laboratory the group continues to focus on it's founding ideals. 

UChicago's...

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