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  • 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.

  • BCB has admitted several new faculty to BCB faculty membership in the recent past. Find all faculty for the BCB program on the people page.  These three faculty were most recently admitted to BCB faculty membership:

    Nick V.L. Serão, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Animal Breeding & Genetics

    Research Interests:

    Quantitative genetics and genomics of disease/stress response and fertility in livestock animals; QTL mapping; Genomic prediction/selection; Gene expression analysis; Statistical methods for genomic analyses; Big Data; Modeling of immune response, and infectious diseases

    Description of current and future research:

  • Jim Reecy, professor of animal science and director of the office of biotechnology, and a BCB faculty member, has been named an associate vice president for research in the office of the vice president for research (OVPR), effective June 1. Reecy takes over the position from Wolfgang Kliemann, who will return to the mathematics department in August. Kliemann had served in the role since 2014.

    Reecy will work with faculty and the OVPR leadership team to develop opportunities for interdisciplinary research and to support faculty in successfully pursuing their research goals.

  • AMES, IA – Iowa State University researchers for the first time have mapped the various molecular components that govern how environmentally stressed plants interrupt their normal growth pathways by tapping into an important energy recycling function.

    The research, published today in the peer-reviewed academic journal Developmental Cell, shows that autophagy, a system by which both plants and animals recycle energy and molecular components, plays a key role in slowing plant growth during times of stress.

  • Need help writing, formatting, or finalizing parts of your thesis or dissertation? The 

  • A total of eight students will be joining BCB this fall to pursue their PhD degrees.  Here are three students who will be joining from overseas:

    Shofi Andari

    Malang, Indonesia


    BS and MS in Statistics

    Institut Pertanian Bogor

    Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nop

    Google Scholar:


    he is interested in structural bioinformatics, comparative Genetics and transcriptomics.

    In her Undergraduate work, she worked on a thesis project titled: A study of clustering methods on mixed numerical and categorical data.

  • The Center for Communication Excellence of the Graduate College provides graduate students with advanced writing support, resources, and development opportunities. To expand the scope of their services in the upcoming academic year, they would like to train a new cohort of Graduate Peer Mentors – Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Writing Consultants.

  • BCB Thesis Seminar Haibo Liu March 9, 2017

    Swine Blood Transcriptomics: Application and Advancement

    Home Department: Animal Science

    Major Professors: Christopher Tuggle, Animal Science and Peng Liu, Statistics


    Abstract: The uses of transcriptomic analysis of blood to identify biomarkers predictive of quantitative phenotypes and to study immune responses are major fields of study. We are interested in improving swine feed efficiency by selection for low residual feed intake (RFI). However, whether this selection would compromise pigs’ immune response is not clear given reduced feed intake of low-RFI pigs.


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