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  • Amy Toth, associate professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, and a BCB Faculty member, was named a 2019 Fulbright Scholar to support her upcoming sabbatical studies at the Universidad Nacional del Comahue in Bariloche, Argentina. She will collaborate with Argentine ecologists to study “Bombus dahlbomii,” the giant Patagonian bumblebee. Populations of this bumblebee, a keystone species in Patagonia, have crashed in recent years, landing the bee on the endangered species list.

  • Jonathan Wendel, Distinguished Professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, and BCB Faculty member was awarded two international professorships for 2019, including a Fulbright Scholar. During the first half of the year, he will be a Leverhulme Professor at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London. He will mentor early career researchers to help enhance their scientific productivity and understanding of career opportunities, deliver a course of Leverhulme Lectures at Kew and seminars elsewhere in the UK, co-organize two 1-day meetings and teach masters of science students in plant and fungal taxonomy, diversity and conservation. He also will initiate additional new research collaborations with Kew scientists, and contribute to Kew’s outreach agenda.

  • Keting Chen

    Two BCB PhD students presented at the 60th Annual Maize Genetics Conference in Palais du Grand Large, Saint-Malo, France which took place March 22 to March 25, 2018.   Gokul Wimalanathan and Keting Chen presented their research and their abstracts are below.

  • The EPA recently awarded $760,000 to Iowa State Researchers to study blue-green algae, known as cyanobacteria, a microscopic organism that lives in lakes and streams, usually in low numbers.  Cyanobacteria has the ability to produce toxic byproducts, and can grow quickly and form blooms that discolor the water.  Recent large scale blooms in lakes and reservoirs across the country have focused attention on the problem.

    Adina Howe, a BCB faculty in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department, and PI on the grant, will be focusing on understanding the bacteria that produce the harmful toxins. Doing so will provide insights into the dynamics of these harmful algal blooms, helping us to understand how and why they form, she said.

  • The BCB Graduate Student Organization (BCBGSO) will once again participate in the Girl's in Science event in Des Moines on February 10th: .  BCB students have been participating in this outreach event for a number of years.

    Please contact Valeria Velasquez Zapata if you are interested in taking part in this exciting outreach activity to introduce STEM to younger audiences.

  • Iowa State University Animal Science Researcher Honored for Genetic Discoveries

    AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University animal geneticist was honored today for discoveries in swine genetics that have saved pork producers and processors money and increased meat quality for consumers.

    Max Rothschild, a C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Ensminger Endowed Chair of International Agriculture, was one of several scientists named a Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors.

  • Alicia Carriquiry, Distinguished Professor of statistics, and a BCB faculty member, received a 2017 Women of Innovation Award for research innovation and leadership from the Technology Association of Iowa. Winners were selected based on their professional experience, history of innovation, ability to think creatively and solve problems, and demonstration of leadership. 

  • A Mass of Christian Burial for Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering emeritus Peter Reilly will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 (11 a.m., St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 2210 Lincoln Way). A visitation will be held Nov. 10 (4-6 p.m., also at the church). Reilly died Nov. 2 of cancer at age 78. He was a member of the chemical engineering faculty from 1974 until his retirement in 2014.

  • Michael Zeller, a BCB student, working with Phillip Gauger, VDPAM,  and Amy Vincent, USDA, has won the Oral Presentation award at a national conference, AAVLD, the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.  The conference was held in San Diego in mid-October. 

    The conference provides a venue to share diagnostic scientific information, enable discussions regarding foreign animal diseases, and create committees that are responsible for oversight of different areas of diagnostic tests.  Finally it provides an accreditation board for all veterinary diagnostic labs in the nation.

    Michael presented: Human to Swine transmission of novel H3 Influenza A Viruses from 2010 to 2017.  His abstract follows.  Congratulations, Michael!

  • Cyclone Career Strategy Workshop Series

    What have others learned from this workshop?

           “It has helped me set goals and create a timeline for my career search, which has been very helpful.”        “Helped me in networking & develop the right skills for advancing in career.”        “These are things you won’t learn from a class.”

    This series is a 4 week, 1-hour workshops that will allow students and postdocs to develop a career plan. We will be introducing the Cyclone Career Strategy. The goal is to provide a time-bound and organized opportunity to research, investigate, and develop a career search plan.

  • BCB Thesis Seminar Priyanka Surana June 15, 2017


    Membrane trafficking in resistance gene-mediated defense against the barley powdery mildew fungus


    Home Department: Plant Pathology and Microbiology


    Major Professors: Roger Wise and Dan Nettleton

  • Jennifer Chang presented her research at a BCB Seminar on June 26, 2017 entitled, "Developing an integrated system for biological network exploration".  Jennifer's home department is Genetics, Development and Cell Biology (GDCB) and her Major Professors are Patrick Schnable, Agronomy and Basil Nikolau, BBMB.

    Here is an abstract of her presentation:

  • Ruolin Liu presented his dissertation research entitled "Transcript assembly, quantification and differential alternative splicing detection from RNA-Seq" at a BCB Seminar on August 7, 2017.  Ruolin's home department is Electrical and Computer Engineering.  His Major professors are Julie Dickerson, ECPE, and Steven Cannon, Agronomy.

    An abstract of his presentation follows:

  • Gaurav Kandoi, a BCB Ph.D. candidate in Julie Dickerson’s lab will be presenting a paper at a November 13-16 conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  The paper is entitled, “Differential alternative splicing patterns with differential expression to computationally extract plant molecular pathways”.

    The conference is the IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine, and Gaurav will present at one of the workshops associated with the conference entitled The 8th Integrative Data Analysis in Systems Biology.

    Their analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana RNA-Seq data suggest that using differentially alternatively spliced genes in addition to differentially expressed genes can supplement our understanding of biological pathways. Their abstract is below.

  • Two Iowa State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) faculty were recognized on Sept. 7 at the College of Engineering Convocation. Professors Ratnesh Kumar and Julie Dickerson were named Harpole Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Northrop Grumman Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, respectively. 

    Dickerson is a BCB faculty member and has mentored many BCB Graduate students to their PhDs during her years of participation in the BCB major.

  • BCB Faculty Excellence Recognized

    More than 50 ISU faculty and staff were honored during an annual awards ceremony on Monday, Sept. 25, in ISU's Memorial Union Great Hall.

    Overall, 29 award were given to 54 recipients. Presenters include interim President Ben Allen, senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert, vice president for diversity and inclusion Reg Stewart, senior vice president for student affairs Martino Harmon, vice president for research Sarah Nusser, vice president for economic development and business engagement Michael Crum, senior vice president for university services Kate Gregory and interim vice president for extension and outreach John Lawrence.

    Several BCB faculty members were recognized and awarded honors at this ceremony including the following:

  • Outreach opportunity for BCB students:  Road Less Traveled

    Valeria Velasquez Zapata directs the Outreach Division of the BCB-GSO.  She sent an invitation to the BCB Graduate Students to participate in the upcoming Oct. 19 and Nov. 2nd  Road Less Traveled events. It is a program put on by the University for 6th-8th graders to let them explore science. More information can be found here :

    BCB will host a session that BCBGSO is calling: "Cracking the Human Code". Here is a wonderful description put together by Carla Mann.

    "Cracking the Human Code"

  • Welcome to Carolyn Lawrence-Dill, GDCB, as chair of BCB !  Carolyn is featured in a recent Iowa State publication forward .  Read about her research on page 3.

    Thank you for chairing the BCB Program, Carolyn !

    And, many thanks to Dennis Lavrov, EEOB, for his past efforts as BCB Chair !! 

  • External funding breaks half-billion dollars

    Research Funding - 2nd highest year

    By Mike Krapfl, ISU News Service

    Iowa State broke another record in fiscal year 2017, receiving more than $500 million in external funding.

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