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A big (belated!) congratulations to all our May 2021 Biology PhD graduates!

June 16, 2021

A big (belated!) congratulations to all our May 2021 Biology Ph.D. graduates! This is a huge accomplishment and the department would like to extend our appreciation for all your hard work over the years. We wish you the best of luck in your next phase of life!

Kevin Cannon (Gladfelter lab)
Therese Gerbich (Gladfelter lab)
Pranav Khandelwal (Hedrick lab)
Jeeyun Lee (Willett lab)
Megan Elizabeth Moore (Kingsolver lab)
Bryan Reatini (Vision lab)

Andrew Willoughby featured in Plant Biology!

June 7, 2021

Andrew Willoughby, a Ph.D. student in Zachary Nimchuk’s lab, has had their first review paper published in Current Opinion in Plant Biology. Congratulations, Andrew!

From Andrew’s Twitter: “My first review paper just published about CLE signaling in plant development! This link is good to view/download the paper for 50 days without needing to have access to the journal (which I don’t even have).” Check out the article here.

Ann Matthysse: What is Bacterium

June 4, 2021

Ann G. Matthysse, from the University of North Carolina’s Department of Biology, delves into an exploration of harmful and useful bacteria for elementary school students.
Most people have heard of bacteria but know very little about them. In general, bacteria are considered by many people to be dangerous or harmful organisms which should be killed. However, this is a misconception as most bacteria are either beneficial or neutral with respect to our lives and the planet on which we all live. READ MORE

Mark Peifer featured in MBoC Voices!

June 2, 2021

UNC Department of Biology’s own Professor Mark Peifer has been featured in Molecular Biology of the Cell’s Voices section. The article, titled “Looking back on a life of unacknowledged privilege and a call to action,” discusses Peifer’s reflections on systemic racism. According to Peifer, “The past year helped further open my eyes and those of many of us to the underlying systemic racism of our nation and our scientific community. That stimulated a process of reflection for me about the role unperceived privilege has played in my life and career, and the responsibilities I feel I have as a result. I wanted to share this, in the hope it will encourage others to take the time for self-reflection.” Congratulations, Mark!

Read the article here.

Lillie Searles featured by the College of Arts and Sciences!

May 26, 2021

The UNC College of Arts and Sciences featured Biology’s own Lillie Searles in an article called “A 30-year odyssey from fruit fly eye color to new insights into gene expression.” Congratulations, Professor Emeritus Searles!

Read the article here!

Maddox Lab featured in Molecular Biology of the Cell!

May 24, 2021

Dr. Amy Maddox‘s lab’s publication has been accepted to Molecular Biology of the cell, a peer-reviewed journal owned by the American Society for Cell Biology. The publication is from a former undergraduate student and current postdoc. Dr. Maddox tweeted, “Septins are required for anaphase chiral cortical rotation in the C. elegans zygote, and the formin CYK-1 is required not for rotation but for its direction.” Congratulations!

Dr. Bradley Dickerson Named 2021 Searle Scholar!

May 20, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Bradley Dickerson, named 2021 Searle Scholar for his research topic, Mapping the neural circuits that control precision timing in behavior.

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. The Program’s Scientific Director appoints an Advisory Board of eminent scientists who choose the Scholars based on rigorous standards aimed at finding the most creative talent interested in pursuing an academic research career. This year, 191 applications were considered from nominations by 137 universities and research institutions.

Congratulations Dr. Moore!

May 20, 2021

Congratulations to (newly Dr.) Elizabeth Moore, who just received an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology! She will be moving down the road to NC State, where she will be working on her postdoc project with Becky Irwin, Rob Dunn, and Caiti Heil.
Way to go, Elizabeth!