Syracuse University Awarded $1 Million Grant to Support Diversity, Inclusion in STEM

Professor George M. Langford

June 20, 2018
George Langford (Project Director)—along with John Tillotson, Marie Garland, Jason Wiles, Karin Ruhlandt, Michelle Wheatly, Ramesh Raina and Tim Korter (Leadership Team)—will use the HHMI Inclusive Excellence grant to transform undergraduate science education.  The five-year, $1 million grant will fund the University's Collaborative High-Impact Activities in Natural Science Education (CHANcE) project, which seeks to build an inclusive culture in STEM fields.  READ MORE

Professors Kate Lewis and Santanu Banerjee Receive NSF Grant

Professor Kate Lewis

June 6, 2018
The NSF grant of Professor Kate Lewis and Santanu Banerjee (formerly a Research Assistant Professor in the Lewis lab, and currently an Assistant Professor at SUNY Cortland) has been recommended for funding.  READ MORE

Biotechnology Major Patrick Castle '18 Selected as Finalist for NCAA's Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship

April 24, 2018
Patrick Castle '18, a senior majoring in biotechnology (Robert Silver lab) and goalkeeper on the Syracuse University men's soccer team, has been selected as a finalist for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship.  He is one of just six student-athletes (three men and three women) selected as finalists for the award this year.  READ MORE

Dr. Alicia Carroll '88 to Deliver Arts & Sciences, Maxwell Undergraduate Convocation Address

Allicia Carroll '88

April 18, 2018
Dr. Alicia Carroll, a first-generation Biology alumna who owns her own private medical practice and is also a member of the College of Arts & Sciences Board of Visitors, will deliver this year's Convocation address to graduating A&S and Maxwell students in May.  READ MORE | WATCH VIDEO

Biology Faculty Members Awarded CUSE Grant Funds

April 18, 2018
The following Biology faculty members have been awarded funding from the Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) grant program: Katie Becklin, Mark Ritchie, Douglas Frank, Jason Fridley, Heather Coleman, Jannice Friedman, Sarah Hall, James Hewett, Kate Lewis, Sandra Hewett, Jessica MacDonald, Susan Parks, Matthew Rubin, and Jason Wiles.  READ MORE

Abrar Aljiboury Wins Grant from the Society for the Study of Evolution

Graduate Student Abrar Aljiboury

April 15, 2018
Graduate student Abrar Aljiboury (Friedman lab) has been awarded a Graduate Research Excellence Grant (GREG)–R.C. Lewontin Early Award from the Society for the Study of Evolution.  This award is intended to assist students who are in the early stages of their Ph.D. programs.  READ MORE

SU's Innovation Orange Features Professor Kate Lewis' Research

Professor Kate Lewis

April 4, 2018
SU's Innovation Orange interviews Professor Kate Lewis, who discusses her research utilizing zebrafish to study how certain kinds of cells are formed in the spinal cord.  WATCH VIDEO

Snigdha Chatterjee '17 Awarded NSF GRFP Fellowship

Snigdha Chatterjee '17

April 3, 2018
Biotechnology alumna Snigdha Chatterjee '17 (Ramesh Raina lab), currently a graduate student at UC Berkeley, has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  READ MORE

Rebecca Ellingston Awarded NSF GRFP Fellowship

Graduate Student Rebecca Ellingston

April 3, 2018
Graduate student Rebecca Ellingston (Coleman lab) has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  READ MORE

CRE Researchers Receive NSF EAGR Grant

Center for Reproductive Evolution

March 20, 2018
The NSF EAGR grant of Professor Scott Pitnick (PI), Professor Steve Dorus (co-PI), and Eric Sedore (ITS, co-PI), has been recommended for funding.  READ MORE

Heather Hirsch '04 Attributes Success in Women's Healthcare to Liberal Arts Upbringing

Heather Hirsch '04

March 9, 2018
Dr. Heather Hirsch '04 recently shared her expertise in menopause management while leading grand rounds at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Her life's passion evolved in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences, where her dual major in biology and women's & gender studies (WGS) led to a medical career that intersects with her commitment to justice for women.  READ MORE

Local TV Station WTVH Features SU Biology Apprenticeship Day on Evening News

Professor Kate Lewis

March 8, 2018
Students from nearby Solvay High School gained hands-on experience in Biology research at Syracuse University during Biology Apprenticeship Day, an annual community outreach event organized by Professor Kate Lewis.  WATCH VIDEO

Professor James Hewett and Graduate Student Yifan Gong Publish Findings in Neuroscience Cover Story

March 7, 2018
James Hewett and his graduate student Yifan Gong have discovered a link between a protein in the brain and seizure suppression.  Their research, published as a cover story in the journal Neuroscience (March 2018), sheds new light on epilepsy, a chronic neurological disorder marked by recurrent, unprovoked seizures.  READ MORE

Former Syracuse Postdoc Studies Changing Voices of the North Atlantic Right Whale

Holly Root-Gutteridge

February 22, 2018
Holly Root-Gutteridge's collaborative research project with researchers from Syracuse University, Cornell University, Duke University, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Northeast fisheries office, was recently published in the March edition of the journal Animal Behaviour. The paper is based on work done while she was a researcher in the lab of Biology Associate Professor Susan ParksREAD MORE

Professors Sandra Hewett and James Hewett Receive NIH R01 Grant

February 14, 2018
The NIH R01 grant of Professor Sandra Hewett (PI) and Professor James Hewett (co-PI) has been recommended for funding.  READ MORE

Professors Doug Frank and Jason Fridley Receive NSF Grant with ESF Collaborator

February 6, 2018
Biology Professors Doug Frank and Jason Fridley (co-PIs), along with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) researcher Louis James Lamit (PI), have received the news that their NSF grant has been recommended for funding.

Professor Jason Fridley Receives NSF Grant

Professor Jason Fridley

February 1, 2018
Congratulations to Professor Jason Fridley whose NSF grant has been funded.  READ MORE

Distinguished Professor George M. Langford Working to Find Cure for Type 2 Diabetes

Professor George M. Langford

January 29, 2018
By understanding how the pancreas produces insulin to regulate blood sugar (i.e., glucose), Professor George Langford hopes to get closer to curing diabetes.  READ MORE

Syracuse Biology Department Outreach at Westcott Community Center

Graduate Student Abbi Aljiboury explains a concept.

December 13, 2017
Students and faculty in the Syracuse University Biology Department are tearing down laboratory walls to put science in the hands of Syracuse area kids.  WATCH VIDEO

Professor Eleanor Maine Receives NIH Grant for Study of Genes Critical in Development

Professor Eleanor Maine

December 12, 2017
Professor Eleanor Maine has received a two-year federal R03 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The research could eventually inform the optimal balance of proteins needed for germline development and fertility.  READ MORE

FNSSI, FBI Host Gathering of Stakeholders Involved in Biosecurity Response

FNSSI Biosecurity Workshop

December 1, 2017
Syracuse University's Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI), along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD), sponsored a recent workshop on campus that brought together researchers, local, state and federal law enforcement and other emergency officials to discuss issues of biosecurity.  READ MORE

Professor Susan Parks' Research Featured on BBC Earth

Professor Susan Parks

November 16, 2017
The bioacoustic whale research of Professor Susan Parks was recently featured in an article on BBC Earth's Blue Planet II blog.  READ MORE

Christopher Barley, M.D., ’89 Puts Heart and Mind into International Relief Work

Christopher Barley, M.D., ’89

October 20, 2017
After the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Christopher Barley, M.D., '89 traveled to the country to help provide medical assistance to the injured. In August 2017, a new hospital in Nepal was named in Barley's honor.  READ MORE

Professor Carlos Castañeda Receives 5-Year NSF CAREER Grant

Professor Carlos Castañeda

October 5, 2017
Professor Carlos Castañeda's 5-year National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER proposal has been recommended for funding.  READ MORE

Professor Carlos Castañeda Receives ALS Grant

Professor Carlos Castañeda

August 30, 2017
Professor Carlos Castañeda's Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association grant has been recommended for funding.  READ MORE

Soleil Young '17 Discovers Tuberculosis DNA in Smithsonian Dental Plaque

Soleil Young '17

August 18, 2017

Student researcher Soleil Young '17, a member of the Renée Crown University Honors Program, discovered tuberculosis DNA in the tartar on the teeth of individuals in a biological research collection in the Smithsonian's Division of Physical Anthropology. Young's efforts were recognized at the SU Honors Convocation in May 2017, when she was honored with the top award for Social sciences—and also the Orlin Prize, the top prize overall.  READ MORE

CRE Researchers Receive R21/NIH Grant

Center for Reproductive Evolution

July 20, 2017
SU Center for Reproductive Evolution (CRE) researchers Steve Dorus (PI), Scott Pitnick, and John Belote (co-PIs), along with Mariana Wolfner (Cornell, co-PI), have received funding for their R21/NIH grant.  READ MORE

Sandra Hewett Lab Receives NIH/NINDS Grant for Saydee McQuay '17 Post-Bac

Saydee McQuay '17

July 10, 2017
Professor Sandra Hewett's lab has received an NIH/NINDS grant to support recent Biology graduate Saydee McQuay '17 during her post-baccalaurete year.  READ MORE

Biologists Bring Zebrafish to Westcott Community Center

Zebrafish

June 28, 2017
Local elementary and middle school students explored science with help from Professor Kate Lewis and lab members who brought zebrafish to the Westcott Community Center as part of an ongoing science outreach program, organized by biology Ph.D. student Caitlin McDonough.   READ MORE

Co-PI Jason Fridley Receives U.S. National Park Service Grant

Professor Jason Fridley

June 12, 2017
The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) grant of Ana Barros (Duke University, PI) and Jason Fridley (co-PI) has been recommended for funding.  READ MORE

Sheila Shahidzadeh Named as 2017-18 Kerr Scholar

Graduate Student Sheila Shahidzadeh

June 7, 2017
Biology graduate student Sheila Shahidzadeh (S. Hewett lab) has been selected to receive the 2017-18 Kerr Scholarship and has been named the Marilyn Sue Kerr Scholar for the 2017-18 academic year.

Professor Scott Pitnick Quoted in Smithsonian.com Article About the Science of Sperm

Professor Scott Pitnick

June 7, 2017
In an article entitled The Long, Winding Tale of Sperm Science, featured on Smithsonian.com, Professor Scott Pitnick is one of several researchers interviewed regarding this unique area of scientific study.  READ MORE

Caitlin McDonough Profiled in Genetics Society of America Blog

Graduate Student Caitlin McDonough

May 24, 2017
Graduate student Caitlin McDonough (Dorus/Pitnick lab) was featured in an Early Career Leadership Spotlight profile by the Genetics Society of America in their blog, Genes to GenomesREAD MORE

Syracuse University Hosts Inaugural Zebrafish Conference

May 11, 2017
Biology Professor Kate Lewis and colleagues organize regional zebrafish conference.  READ MORE

Amber Barrow '17 Receives Fulbright Scholarship and Freeman Fellowship

April 24, 2017
Amber Barrow '17 (Korol lab) has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. She was also awarded a Blakemore Freeman Foundation Fellowship. Amber is an LSAMP scholar, a Remembrance Scholar, and a Reneé Crown Honors student.  READ MORE

Professor Kate Lewis Awarded Five-Year Grant to Study Spinal Cord Development

April 18, 2017
Professor Kate Lewis has received a five-year grant of $242,500 from the New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Board (SCIRB) that will support her lab’s research on spinal cord development in zebrafish.  READ MORE

Three Biology Undergraduates Named as 2017 University Scholars

April 10, 2017
Three of the twelve University Scholars are from the Biology department—Anniya Gu (Biochemistry major, Maine lab), Jessica Toothaker (Biology major, Pepling lab), and Soleil Young (Biology major, Garza lab). This is the highest undergraduate honor bestowed by the University.  READ MORE

Lewis Lab Hosts Local High School Students

March 22, 2017
Local students visit Kate Lewis' lab for the fifth annual High School Biology Apprenticeship Day.   READ MORE

Neuroscience Program Hosts Neuroscience Research Day

March 21, 2017
SU's Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program hosts the third annual Neuroscience Research Day on April 7th at the Sheraton.  READ MORE

Professor Susan Parks' Research Featured in PNAS Editorial

March 17, 2017
Professor Susan Parks was quoted in a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) editorial entitled Listening In On the Deep Sea.  READ MORE

Susan Parks Appointed to Offshore Committee

March 17, 2017
Professor Susan Parks has been appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Standing Committee on Offshore Science and Assessment.  READ MORE

Biology Ph.D. Candidate Sheila Shahidzadeh Attends Neurochemistry School in Austria

March 10, 2017
Sheila Shahidzadeh (Sandra Hewett lab) was one of 40 Ph.D. and postdoctoral researchers from around the world chosen to attend the inaugural ISN-JNC Flagship School.  READ MORE

Kate Lewis' New York State Grant Approved

February 23, 2017
Professor Kate Lewis' New York State grant has been recommended for funding.  READ MORE

MS Student Laura Porturas Receives Two Grants

January 13, 2017
Laura Porturas was awarded a grant from Sigma Xi for her research, and another grant from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.  READ MORE

Mutualism Dynamics Collaborators Receive NSF Grant

December 20, 2016
Kari Segraves, Dave Althoff, David Rivers, and Mark Ritchie's collaborative grant to study mutualism dynamics has been recommended for NSF funding.  READ MORE

CRE Researchers Belote, Dorus and Pitnick Receive NSF Grant

December 20, 2016
Professors John Belote, Steve Dorus and Scott Pitnick will use their recently approved NSF grant to study reproduction.  READ MORE

Jason Wiles Recognized with Evolution Education Award

November 8, 2016
Professor Jason Wiles was awarded the Evolution Education Award by the National Association of Biology Teachers at their annual conference in Denver, CO, in November.  READ MORE

Life of Dr. Marilyn Kerr Celebrated

November 3, 2016
An on-campus celebration of the life of Marilyn Kerr was held on Thursday, November 3rd, in Hendricks Chapel. Kerr--a former assistant professor in the Department of Biology--passed away on October 6th.  READ MORE

Four Biology Undergraduate Researchers Selected to Present at Meredith Symposium

October 26, 2016
Four out of eight students selected to present their research at the inaugural Meredith Symposium on October 22nd work in the labs of Biology faculty: Snigdha Chatterjee (Raina lab), Anniya Gu (Maine lab), Alexandra Logan (Parks lab) and José Marrero-Rosado (Lewis lab). Logan and Marrero-Rosado also won Best Speaker awards.  READ MORE

Jason Wiles Receives ACUBE Teaching Excellence Award

October 24, 2016
Professor Jason Wiles was honored by the Association of College and University Biology Educators with their Excellence in Teaching Award at their 60th annual national conference in Milwaukee, WI, in October.  READ MORE

Opportunity for Undergraduate Researchers

September 9, 2016
Are you a "first generation" or "women in science" undergraduate researcher in the life sciences?  If yes, click on the above link for more info on how you can present your paper or poster at the Meredith Symposium on October 22nd.  READ MORE

John G. Thomas G'69 Participates in Doctoral Hooding Ceremony 47 Years After Finishing Degree

May 12, 2016
Dr. Thomas, who earned an M.S. in microbiology and a Ph.D. in virology, went on to become an international educator and global microbiologist, specializing in medical biofilms research.  READ MORE

Oncologist Michael Kurman '73 a Driving Force Behind Syracuse's Biology Advisory Board

September 2, 2014
Kurman, who earned a bachelor's degree in Biology at SU in 1973, traces his interest in oncology to Professor Thomas Arygis, a Syracuse biologist who instilled in him a passion for undergraduate research.  READ MORE

Andrew Frisina '11 Credits Career Success to Diverse Education

August 6, 2014
Frisina, who majored in Psychology and minored in Biology at SU, is now a clinical research manager in Florida. He says that he is most thankful for the attentive and creative educators who helped him to find his career aspirations and helped him to pave a path to achieve them.  READ MORE

Tesia Kim '13 Shines as 'Teach For America' Science Teacher

July 30, 2014
Kim, who graduated from SU magna cum laude with a Biology major and a Nutrition minor, received the Distinction of Biology Award Certificate for Scholarship and Research Achievement as an undergraduate. Since graduation, Kim has been sharing her love of science with Chicago high school students.  READ MORE

Vincent Covelli '07 is Poised for Success in Medicine

July 29, 2014
Covelli, a former Biochemistry major at SU, remembers Syracuse University's 'passionate' faculty. After graduating from SU, Covelli went on to earn an M.D., and then served a three-year residency, followed by his current fellowship at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  READ MORE

Rosa Leon '14 Awarded Diversity Research Supplement

July 17, 2014
Leon, who graduated from SU with a dual major in Biology and Neuroscience, received a diversity supplement to Sandra and James Hewett's NIH grant, which allows her to continue research begun as an undergraduate in the Hewett's lab. Leon thanks her faculty mentors for her success.  READ MORE

Desmond Ebanks '80 Specializes in 'Age Management Medicine'

July 9, 2014
Ebanks, a former dual major in Biology and Psychology at SU, is the founder and medical director of Alternity Healthcare, an innovative Connecticut-based medical practice which seeks to prevent disease and optimize health. Ebanks believes that getting older doesn't necessarily mean "aging."  READ MORE

Jennifer Lawson '14 Credits SU Biology for Making Her 'Professionally Competitive'

July 3, 2014
Lawson, a dual Biotechnology and Economics major at SU, attributes landing a medical research position in Boston to the education and networking opportunities she gained from SU. "The Department of Biology guided my career," she says. Lawson credits her time in the lab of Ramesh Raina, professor and chair of Biology, to making her more professionally competitive.   READ MORE

Dr. Alicia Carroll '88 Charts Impressive Path

June 26, 2014
Carroll, a former Biology major at SU and A&S Class Marshal, is now the owner of a successful ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery center in North Carolina. In 2006, she was among a handful of alumni to receive the prestigious Chancellor's Citation, awarded to alumni ages 40 or younger who have distinguished themselves in the area of civic service or various professional fields.  READ MORE