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05/25/2021

Congratulations to Savannah Sojka on being awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants!

Congratulations to Alaina Bailey, Sydney Brongo, Emily Bouffard, and Ryan Swick for receiving undergraduate fellowships ...
05/11/2021
2021 fellowship​s awarded to four undergraduate students

Congratulations to Alaina Bailey, Sydney Brongo, Emily Bouffard, and Ryan Swick for receiving undergraduate fellowships from our department!

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo is pleased to announce that Ryan Swick, Alaina Bailey, Sydney Brongo, and Emily Bouffard are each recipients of our 2021 undergraduate fellowships. The fellowships are made possible by the generous support of our....

12/18/2020
Happy Holidays !
12/10/2020

Happy Holidays !

05/16/2020
🎉Congratulations to our 2020 graduates from the Biology dept student lab prep staff! 🔬🧫🧪🧬#UBuffalo2020
05/15/2020

🎉Congratulations to our 2020 graduates from the Biology dept student lab prep staff! 🔬🧫🧪🧬
#UBuffalo2020

Bio 315 is celebrating Christmas in Spring with the Biochemistree!
03/04/2020

Bio 315 is celebrating Christmas in Spring with the Biochemistree!

UB Undergraduate Biology Association
09/05/2019

UB Undergraduate Biology Association

Hey everyone!! Come to our first general body meeting TONIGHT at 6PM in Baldy 101!!

The Northeast Regional Yeast Meeting is happening June 20th-21st at the UB Med School, covering all aspects of biology i...
06/05/2019
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The Northeast Regional Yeast Meeting is happening June 20th-21st at the UB Med School, covering all aspects of biology in yeasts. It's shaping up to be an active meeting, with more than eighty registrants so far from Toledo, Cleveland, Toronto, Cornell, Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, New Jersey, and Washington D.C!

Dr. Yoshi Ohya from Tokyo will present the keynote address entitled "From Genome to Morphology". Please send an email to [email protected] to register and to submit abstracts for posters so we can plan for food, beer, and poster boards. The registration deadline (Registration fee=$50) has been extended to June 7th. More information on the website.

The meeting will be held at the Jacobs School of Medicine at the Downtown Campus at the University at Buffalo (see map on next page).

05/30/2019

Congratulations to Omer Gokcumen for receiving a Distinguished Postdoc Mentor award, and Xiaozhuo (Dalton) Liu from the Walker Lab for receiving the First Place Poster award at today's postdoc symposium!

This year for Bio 370, Developmental Biology Lab, senior Bio students worked with bacterial biofilms.  Biofilms are a de...
05/18/2019

This year for Bio 370, Developmental Biology Lab, senior Bio students worked with bacterial biofilms. Biofilms are a developmental process that bacteria and other single cell organisms undergo in response to changing environmental conditions, a process called gene-environment interactions, or GxE. Biofilms are made up of the bacteria cells encased in an exopolymer “slime” that protects them from dehydration, predation, environmental stress, and sterilizing agents. Biofilms cause dental plaque, scum on the surface of stagnant ponds, on medical devices and implants, and in pet water dishes. In fact, anything that turns slimy is likely due to growth of a biofilm. Beneficial effects include biological filtration and providing nutrients to plant roots.

For these experiments, the students used Bacillus subtilis, a harmless soil bacterium that naturally forms beneficial biofilms on plant roots (see image below). The students used an inducer (monosodium glutamate/glycerol) to produce a Biofilm on the surface of growth media (called a pellicle when on a liquid surface), and an inhibitor (D-leucine) to break up the biofilm (first column, top and bottom respectively). They used the same conditions to form or inhibit a biofilm on a solid agar surface (second column). Finally, they harvested the biofilm bacteria and treated them with several sterilizing agents, including ethanol, bleach, and in the case shown here, Listerine. The last column shows that biofilm bacteria are resistant to the sterilizing agent (bacterial colonies are observed on the top plate), while the non-biofilm bacteria (planktonic) are killed off (no colonies observed on the bottom plate.)

This is a new lab for this course, part of updating our material to keep things interesting and relevant.

Congratulations to Rupkatha Banerjee, a PhD student in Dr. Shermali Gunawardena’s lab, for receiving the Student Excelle...
04/11/2019

Congratulations to Rupkatha Banerjee, a PhD student in Dr. Shermali Gunawardena’s lab, for receiving the Student Excellence Award at the University at Buffalo. She is the CAS honoree.
Information about the award can be found here:
https://www.buffalo.edu/celebration-of-academic-excellence/StudentExcellence.html

Rupkatha will be presenting her work and receiving the award at the Celebration of Student Academic Excellence, which is taking place on April 25th, 2019 at the Center for the Arts (CFA), UB North Campus, starting at 1PM. Please see the following link for detailed information about the event:

https://www.ubevents.org/regengine/event_page.php

Nice job Rupkatha!

Our department is getting a facelift, starting with highly collaborative renovated lab space for 14 research groups, fac...
02/21/2019
New Space for New Ideas

Our department is getting a facelift, starting with highly collaborative renovated lab space for 14 research groups, faculty offices, grad student workspace, conference rooms and casual meeting areas on the 5th floor of Cooke and Hochstetter.

Major moves and renovations are underway within the Cooke-Hochstetter complex on the North Campus as part of UB’s physical plan. After more than a year of construction, the Department of Biological Sciences began the spring semester on a newly redesigned floor. 

02/01/2019
C. elegans knows you're watching!

C. elegans is a nematode (microscopic worm) that is often used as a model organism for Developmental Biology research. This week, students in Developmental Biology lab (Bio 370) were introduced to the use of transgenic C. elegans expressing a green fluorescent protein (GFP) gene that is used as a reporter gene. After the lab, one of the teaching assistants (thanks Xander!) sent me this video showing similar C. elegans that had been trained (using nutrients on the bottom of a petri dish) to form a smiley face. Because, why not?

Contrary to the common belief it is possible to train nematodes such as C. elegans using standard animal training methods (positive reinforcement and negativ...

01/28/2019

Congratulations to Aditi Chaubey (1st place talk), Debarghya Dutta Banik (2nd place talk), Aditi Prabhakar (3rd place talk), Nicole Wong (1st place poster), Chris Rupert (2nd place poster), Guolei Zhao (3rd place poster), and Rebecca Wegman (first place rotation poster) for winning prizes for their presentations at the Departmental Symposium last week! Thanks for making it a great symposium!

In a collaborative project, the Berry lab (Bio) is working with Dr Jonathan Pleban (MacKay lab in Geography) to measure ...
11/06/2018

In a collaborative project, the Berry lab (Bio) is working with Dr Jonathan Pleban (MacKay lab in Geography) to measure photosynthesis (ps) parameters in green and non green regions of dark-adapted Amaranthus tricolor leaves. This project is looking for the connection between ps activity and function of ps mRNAs. The two detectors can be seen at the upper right and lower left. The MultispeQ is an amazing new instrument that can measure many ps parameters on a living plant, recording data through a Bluetooth connection to a laptop.

The UB McNair program is seeking applicants. They provide support for low-income, first generation, and/or underrepresen...
10/12/2018
McNair Program Application for Admission

The UB McNair program is seeking applicants. They provide support for low-income, first generation, and/or underrepresented undergraduate (mostly junior and sophomore) students that aim to pursue a Ph.D or equivalent degree in STEM and other fields. Visit links for more info and to apply: https://www.buffalo.edu/cpmc/mcnair.html

The McNair Program Application for Admission.

If anyone would like to learn more about the basics of CRISPR, and how it is being used in our Bio 329 Genetics lab, our...
10/12/2018
CRISPR Gene Editing in Yeast: An Experimental Protocol for an Upper‐Division Undergraduate Laboratory Course - Sehgal - - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education - Wiley Online Library

If anyone would like to learn more about the basics of CRISPR, and how it is being used in our Bio 329 Genetics lab, our manuscript on this teaching lab protocol has just been published.

https://iubmb.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/bmb.21175

Note that, because of the nature of this teaching paper, there are a lot of supplemental documents.

We would like to acknowledge the interactive Bio Department effort that enabled this new teaching lab to happen, involving very extensive contributions from Eileen Sylves (course technical staff), Paul Cullen and Sarah Walker (Professors, yeast genetics), Nitash Sehgal (assistant instructor), Jacky Chow and Ansuman Sahoo (PhD students), and Jim Berry (Bio 329 instructor, corresponding author). We are setting up to teach this new lab again this year, the second time it has been run, starting in about two weeks.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education is an international journal aimed to enhance teacher preparation and student learning in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and related sciences such as Biophysics and Cell Biology, by promoting the world-wide dissemination of educational materials.

Join us Saturday, October 13 to find out more about our graduate programs. Lunch will be provided. RSVP at: bit.ly/UBBio...
10/02/2018

Join us Saturday, October 13 to find out more about our graduate programs. Lunch will be provided. RSVP at: bit.ly/UBBioOH

Assistant Professor of Art, John Opera is making use of the abundant sunlight​ in the greenhouse this summer to expose i...
06/18/2018

Assistant Professor of Art, John Opera is making use of the abundant sunlight​ in the greenhouse this summer to expose images for his ongoing series of anthotype portraits of students.

The anthotype print harkens back to the seminal moments of photography’s early history. During the mid-1800s, it was discovered that pigmented solutions derived from various flower and fruit extracts are light sensitive enough to be used as rudimentary print emulsions. In the nineteenth century, as today, this process takes up to three weeks of exposure in direct sunlight to render an image. Its inventor, Sir John Herschel, perhaps best known for inventing cyanotype and fix for silver-based images, turned to botany as a site of experimentation for studying the properties of light and photosynthesis.

Opera’s images are rendered in monochromatic reds and violets derived from their material sources: blueberries, pokeberries, beets, and chokeberries. Once exposed, even under normal display conditions some of the prints completely fade in a matter of a few years, leaving only a blank piece of paper. So, as new subjects are added to the collection, earlier ones disappear. Opera’s hope is that over time the collection of images illustrates itself as a complete work of art that displays an uncanny ebb and flow of both recording and erasure.

Check out the most recent work on molecular defects underlying Alzheimer’s from the Gunawardena lab published in Human M...
06/08/2018
Seeking new answers on Alzheimer’s

Check out the most recent work on molecular defects underlying Alzheimer’s from the Gunawardena lab published in Human Molecular Genetics and featured in UBNow

UB biologist Shermali Gunawardena studies “traffic jams” in brain cells, a new approach that aims to unravel the origins of the disease.

05/18/2018

Congratulations to all of our graduating masters and doctoral students, and thank you for your work in our labs! The Biological Sciences graduate commencement celebration will be taking place at 4 pm in Norton 112. Stop by to congratulate the graduates and have some refreshments.

BIO Undergraduate Fellowships & Scholarships:The applications for the undergraduate research fellowships are now open. h...
04/09/2018
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BIO Undergraduate Fellowships & Scholarships:
The applications for the undergraduate research fellowships are now open. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kA9mO0G5jD64AdzYz2GPXl66V2dLAFxSgGshkV86jYo/edit … The deadline is April 20, 2018.

2018 UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS: The applications for the undergraduate research fellowships are now open. The deadline is April 20, 2018. The application can be found here. Our generous alumni and friends have established fellowship and scholarship programs aimed at enhancing the educational ex...

An opportunity to share science with the public:
03/26/2018
Poster Competition Registration: March for Science 2018

An opportunity to share science with the public:

Science Demands Action invites students and faculty to submit and present posters highlighting their research at the Science Fair at this year’s Buffalo March for Science held on Saturday, April 14th at Canalside starting at 1:30 pm. The poster session will be held as part of the Science Fair at C...

03/23/2018

Don’t forget about today’s career workshop! It starts at 10 in NSC222. A group of alumni will be describing their career paths and giving tips for the diverse careers they have pursued. Faculty are encouraged to stop by at 1:30.

Congratulations to Kim Farr for being awarded the Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award!
03/07/2018
Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Congratulations to Kim Farr for being awarded the Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award!

The University at Buffalo has a long tradition and a firm commitment to providing all of its students with instruction of the highest quality. The instruction delivered by graduate students who serve as teaching or graduate assistants or as instructors is a critical element of that institutional com...

Our teaching staff are really concerned about students.  We're so lucky to have them.
02/16/2018
Staffers work to make Cooke-Hochstetter space more student-friendly

Our teaching staff are really concerned about students. We're so lucky to have them.

The second floor hallways of UB’s Cooke-Hochstetter complex, home to the Department of Biological Sciences, were bare and quiet, lacking the energetic student community found in many other areas of the North Campus.

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