News & Events

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate students, Erin Shoemaker-Kiess and Amanda Socha have published an op-ed paper in the Journal of Science Policy & Governance in which they propose GMO classifications for food labeling.  To read the article, please click here.

  • Prof. Amy Gladfelter is being honored with a Women in Cell Biology Mid-Career Award for Excellence in Research work by the American Society of Cell Biology.  Elizabeth F. Smith, Associate Dean of the Sciences, says of Prof. Gladfelter's work “She has had a consistent track record of outstanding research, pushing the limits of imaging technology and its application to addressing important questions in cell biology...

  • Prof. ter Hofstede's paper "Sensory-based niche partitioning in a multiple predator - multiple prey community" was featured in the Washington Post.  The study published in the June 7, 2015 The Royal Society Proceedings B, looked at four species of gleaning...

  • Maria Hindt, Ph.D. received the Croasdale Award from the Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr.  Jon Kull, for her exemplary scholarship as a graduate student.  As a member of  in Prof. Mary Lou Guerinot's lab in the Department of Biological Sciences, Dr. Hindt's studies focused on iron homeostasis in plants.  For the full article from the Graduate Student Forum, please click...

  • Prof. Rob McClung was a guest on The Exchange on NHPR on April 23, 2015.  The topic of the broadcast was "The Science of GMOs: Possibilities And Limitations."  For the full broadcast, please click here.

  • Prof. Eric Schaller and New York Times best-selling author, Jeff VanderMeer were the featured speakers a MIT Communications Forum on April 6, 2015.  Prof. Schaller and Mr. VanderMeer discussed the ideas that inspired the Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance).  Prof. Schaller served as a sounding board for scientific concepts that informed VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy and he also illustrated a number of VanderMeer’s novels.  Please click...

  • Prof. Becky Irwin, Dr. Leif Richardson and other researchers in the Irwin Lab, have found that some compounds in floral nector reduce parasite loads in bees 60%-80%.  While the reduction in parasite load did not increase survival rates, these compounds could confer a benefit to bee colonies by reducing the spread of parasites.  These findings were highlighted in the February 26, 2015 issue of...

  • Kudos to Prof. Olga Zhaxybayeva and Milo Johnson '13 on their recent publication!

    Caroline E. Whidden, Katrina G. DeZeeuw, Jackie K. Zorz, Andrew P. Joy,
    David A. Barnett, Milo S. Johnson, Olga Zhaxybayeva, and Amanda M.
    Cockshutt: "Quantitative and Functional Characterization of the
    Hyper-Conserved Protein of Prochlorococcus and marine Synechococcus",
    PLoS ONE, 2014, 9: e109327.

  • A recent article on Motherboard describes work done by Prof. Olga Zhaxybayeva shows that the deep oil reserves are loaded with microbes that have been busy swapping genetic material for eons.  For a link to the full article, please click here.

    The full scientific findings are published in the following publication:

    Nesbo CL, S...

  • Companions in Discovery is a short film about the research being done in Professor Amy Gladfelter's lab using simple fungi ("key companions") to understand human biology. The American Society for Cell Biology selected her lab to create a feature video for this year's Society meeting. 

    To view the video, please click here.