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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...


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...


Thomas Nagylaki, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolution, 1944-2019

On February 10, 2019, we are sad to report that Thomas Nagylaki passed away due to liver disease complications. Dr. Nagylaki, professor emeritus, worked in the Department of Ecology and Evolution and was a member of the Committee on Genetics, Genomics &Systems Biology.

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Professors, graduate students, and recent graduates discuss Celiac Disease research

University of Chicago's Professor Bana Jabri, MD, PhD, the Sarah and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Pediatrics, and Toufic Mayassi, recent graduate in Immunology discuss their new research on the...

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