Jillian Ramos, a PhD student in Dragony Fu’s lab (part of the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology program) won first place in the Three Minute Thesis competition. To win this competition, students have to explain their complicated research in a way that a general audience can find accessible. The catch, you have to do this all in under three minutes! Jillian presented her work called: Modify or Die: When Protein Translation Goes Awry and successfully captured first place prize as well as the people’s choice award.
Congrats Jillian! Read an article about the competition and a transcript of Jillian’s presentation here.
Check out this recent article in the D&C “To bee or not to bee: Wasp population booms”. The article cites resident expert Bob Minckley on ways to differentiate bees from wasps.
Please come celebrate Adam Johnson as he’s awarded the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching. Over the course of his graduate career, Adam has mentored undergraduates in the lab, served as the head TA for biology labs, and was instrumental in piloting the new mentoring program for freshman biology majors. Join us at 3pm in the Green Lounge to congratulate Adam on this well-deserved award!
John Jaenike and Vince Martinson’s new paper in Ecology Letters was featured in the Rochester Newscenter this week. The research focuses on the communities of bacteria found in the guts of wild Drosophila. Check out the feature and read the paper!
The Genetics Society of America awarded Ching-Ho Chang with a travel award to present his work at the Population, Evolutionary & Quantitative Genetics (PEQG) meeting this summer in Orlando, Florida. The PEQG meeting is part of The Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC) – a giant conference combining meetings from 7 different genetics communities for the first time. Ching-Ho is a 2nd year grad student in the Larracuente lab. He will present his work on Y chromosome evolution in Drosophila. Congratulations, Ching-Ho!
Fireflies! These silent fireworks on warm summer nights fill us with wonder. But so much about these fascinating critters remains shrouded in mystery- from the details of how they light up their lanterns to the way some species are disappearing. The Larracuente lab is part of a diverse group of biologists collaborating to sequence the genome of the Big Dipper Firefly, Photinus pyralis, your common backyard firefly. This project is part of the PacBio “Explore your most interesting genome contest” contest. If you’d like to see the firefly genome sequenced, please go to the firefly genome project page and place a vote. Voting opens Monday, April 11 and runs through Sunday, May 1st. One person can vote once per day. Help us shed light on the genome of these captivating creatures!
Sometimes art and biology do mix! Our very own Bob Minckley collaborated with Arizona artist Heather Green on an exhibition featured in Hartnett Gallery. The exhibition- Pinpoints of Perception: 1000 Native Bees– illustrates the diversity of bees in the American Southwest. To learn more, check out this article and video describing the student-run gallery, and the scientific significance behind the art. The exhibit wont be up for much longer, so go check it out!
Dr. Daven Presgraves, an EEB Professor of Biology, was named the University Dean’s Professor in recognition of his achievements. Dr. Presgraves is a population geneticist studying speciation genetics, recombination and meiotic drive in Drosophila species. Read more about his lab’s work here.
A belated congratulations to Jeffrey Vedanayagam from the Garrigan Lab who successfully defended his dissertation about “Evolutionary genomics of piRNA mediated transposon silencing in Drosophila”. Jeffrey will be heading to Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to begin a post-doc in Eric Lai’s Lab.
Thanks to those who made this year’s retreat a success. We kicked off the retreat with a BBQ/bonfire party and a hilarious game of Bio-pictionary. The next day had two outstanding alumni speakers (Dr. Snow Shen and Dr. Rob Unckless), relaxation, hiking, wine tasting, games and a vibrant poster session. What great science and great company!
2015 UR Biology Department retreat group shot in Bristol Harbour, NY.