News & Events

  • Research done in Prof. Sharon Bickel's lab has demonstrated that oxidative damage causes a premature loss of sister chromatid cohesion and an increase in chromosome segregation errors in Drosophila oocytes during meiosis. 

    In women, the probability of miscarriage or Down Syndrome increases dramatically with age.  Studies of maternal age effect indicate that errors in female meiosis contribute significantly to this...

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  • Three Biology majors from the Class of 2017 have been inducted into the national academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa.  Biology majors Marielle Brady ’17, Hae-Lin Cho ’17 and Abiah Pritchard ’17 were among the twenty members of the Class of 2017 who were inducted this year.  Congratulations to Marielle, Hae-Lin and Abiah!!

    Photo by Joseph Meling '69

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program Ph.D candidate, Youjun Wu, has been selected to be a John H. Copenhaver, Jr. and William H. Thomas, MD 1952 Fellow for her outstanding scholarship.  Youjun is a student in Prof. Erik Griffin's laboratory.  The laboratory studies cytoplasmic protein gradients that are involved in the patterning of early C. elegans embryos.

    Youjun is first author on the Molecular Biology of the Cell research paper,...

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  • Dr. Laurel Symes, Neukom Fellow, is featured in the Nature article, Research Protocols:  A forest of hypotheses.  In her work on sensory perception and decision making, Dr. Symes uses a method called multiple-working-hypotheses.  This...

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  • Prof. Lee Witters, Eugene W. Leonard 1921 Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, Geisel School of Medicine; Professor of Biological Sciences, has received the Elizabeth Howland Hand-Otis Norton Pierce Award for a Faculty Member Who Is an Outstanding Teacher of Undergraduates.   As a physician, researcher and professor, Prof. Witters has been teaching for forty-seven years.  He sees himself "not as a teacher, but as a learner with students, looking through a window with them at the wonder of...

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  • Prof. Natasha Grotz has received the Dean of Faculty Teaching Award " in recognition for (her) outstanding contributions to Dartmouth*."  Prof. Grotz earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Dartmouth.  Following the completion of her graduate dissertation, she joined the biology department as a lecturer.   Prof. Grotz has taught numerous courses and currently teaches Molecular Biology, Cancer, Cell Structure and Function and a First-Year Writing Seminar.  In addition to teaching,...

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  • Professor Lee Witters has been honored with the creation of the Lee A. Witters Award for Outstanding Teaching and Social Justice.  This award was created in recognition for Professor Witter's years of service as an educator and mentor to pre-health students.  Dr. Tim Lahey, Faculty Director of Dartmouth's Health Professions Program, says of the award "My goal was to bring pre-health undergraduates into collaboration with Geisel medical students and other graduate students in health sciences...

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  • Dr. Dustin Rubenstein '99, Associate Professor of Biology at Columbia University, returned to Dartmouth in April to report on his research on how organisms adapt to changes in the environment.  While at Dartmouth, Dr. Rubenstein enrolled in the biology department's foreign study program (FSP) and was an undergraduate researcher in...

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  • Professor Mary Lou Guerinot has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).  Academy members are elected by their peers for outstanding contributions to science.  The NAS has 2,291 active members and 465 foreign associates

    Professor Guerinot joined the Department of Biological Sciences in 1985 as an Assistant Professor.  She has trained more than 100 undergraduate researchers and 19 graduate researchers since arriving at Dartmouth.  She has served as Department Chair,...

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  • Professor Mark McPeek has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  The Academy is one of the oldest learned societies.  Its mission is to serve the "nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge."*   Professor McPeeks joins a distinguished group of more than 4,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members.

    Prof. McPeek is an...

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