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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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Immunology Professor awarded Quantrell Graduate Teaching Award

Albert Bendelac, A.N. Pritzker Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Pathology and Committee on Immunology has been recognized with a Quantrell Award...



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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...


Two BSD faculty members elected to American Academy of the Arts and Sciences

Congratulations to Francisco Bezanilla the Lillian Eichelberger Cannon Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Professor Mercedes Pascual (Ecology and Evolution) who have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The award was given to 214 individuals across several...



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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...


Biotech adopts tech's popular coding boot camp model

UChicago alum Josiah Zayner PhD '13 has created a new program to train non-biotech students to perform entry level biotech jobs. Zayner's program mimics the tech world's coding bootcamps, which train people to perform tech entry level jobs in an intensive over several months. The tech industry...

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