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Jennifer Stanford and Daniel Marenda Awarded an NSF NRT Grant

September 08, 2015
Jennifer Stanford, PhD and Daniel Marenda, PhD

Jennifer Stanford, PhD and Daniel Marenda, PhD were awarded an NSF NRT grant....

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Elias Spiliotis Featured in The Journal of Cell Biology

August 17, 2015
Elias Spiliotis, PhD

Elias Spiliotis, PhD is featured in the People & Ideas column of The Journal of Cell Biology...

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Where Commerce and Conservation Clash: Bushmeat Trade Grows with Economic Prosperity in 13-Year Study

August 03, 2015
Rivas - Bushmeat Market

The bushmeat market in the city of Malabo is bustling—more so today than it was nearly two decades ago, when Gail Hearn, PhD, began what is now one of the region’s longest continuously running studies of commercial hunting activity. At the peak of recorded activity in 2010, on any given day more tha...

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Non-STEM Students Equally Benefit from Undergraduate Research, Study Finds

July 31, 2015
2014 Star Scholar Showcase

Undergraduate research has been shown to have a positive effect on student retention and achievement, but most of the work to understand the benefits of undergraduate research has focused primarily on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students. Drexel University researchers dis...

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Shivanthi Anandan Awarded SEED Grant from Drexel ExCite Center

July 29, 2015
Shivanthi Anandad SEED grant proposal

Drexel Biology is excited to announce that Dr. Shivanthi Anandan was awarded a SEED grant from Drexel's ExCITE Center....

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BGSA Won Most Community-Oriented Organization Award

June 05, 2015
BGSA Award for most Community-Oriented Organization

BGSA Won the Most Community-Oriented Organization Award for 2014-2015 at the Graduate Student Days....

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Senior Seminar Reception and Proposal Awards

June 04, 2015
Biology Senior Seminar Presenters 2015

On June 4th, we hosted a showcase and reception to celebrate the great achievements and upcoming graduation of our BIO seniors!...

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Jennifer Stanford and Monica Togna Receive Teaching and Service Awards

May 17, 2015
Monica Togna, PhD and Jennifer Stanford, PhD

Jennifer Stanford, PhD and Monica Togna, PhD were recognized by the Office of the Provost for the 2014-2015 University Teaching and Service Awards....

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Drexel Joins Philadelphia Science Festival's Weeklong Celebration of Science and Technology

May 06, 2015
Philadelphia Science Festival

Students, faculty and staff from Drexel University will help make the fifth anniversary of the Philadelphia Science Festival one of the biggest citywide celebrations to date. More than 200 regional partner organizations from museums to cultural centers and educational institutions will present over ...

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Aleister Saunders, Nianli Sang and Haizhi Wang Co-authors on Manuscript

April 30, 2015
Saunders, Sang, Wang Manuscript Abstract

Aleister Saunders, PhD and Ninali Sang, PhD, and Haizhi Wang, PhD student in Saunders lab are co-authors on a manuscript published in Biochemistry, a journal of the American Cancer Society....

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Call for STEM Presenters at Start Talking Science 2015

April 23, 2015
Start Talking Science

Drexel faculty in the STEM fields are invited to submit their research for consideration at Start Talking Science 2015, a free public event where researchers present non-technical posters to local students and the community in order to make STEM research more accessible....

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Studies of Africa's Most Endangered Chimpanzees Show Complex Evolutionary Past, Perilous Future

January 21, 2015

In central Cameroon, two different subspecies of chimpanzees live on opposite banks of the Sanaga River, the only instance of two different chimp subspecies living in the wild in a single country. The area is roughly at the geographic center of the range for all four known subspecies of these great ...

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Spanning the Globe: Drexel Research Reaches Around the World in 2014

November 19, 2014
Spanning the Globe: Drexel Research

The coast of Antarctica. The Canadian Arctic. Delhi, India. The Congo. There's little that these places, oceans apart, seem to have in common, except for this: At some point in 2014, researchers from Drexel were or will be visiting them, helping to make discoveries and an impact on people's lives....

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Meshagae Hunte-Brown Wins Outstanding Online Faculty Award

October 28, 2014
Meshagae Hunte-Brown

Meshagae Hunte-Brown, PhD has been selected by Dean Murasko as the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Online Faculty Award for National Distance Learning Week....

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R. Vivian Allahyari Wins Honorable Mention at Discovery Day

October 10, 2014
R. Vivian Allahyari

R. Vivian Allahyari, a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the Garcia Lab, received an honorable mention at Drexel University College of Medicine’s (DUCOM) Discovery Day 2014....

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Video Captures Gail Hearn's Legacy

September 25, 2014
Gail Hearn, PhD

This summer, renowned Drexel conservationist Gail W. Hearn, PhD, retired from her roles as director of the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP) and professor of biology at Drexel University. Hearn built a distinguished career in conservation, education and research, focusing her efforts over...

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Ezekiel Crenshaw Awarded R36 NIH Grant

September 04, 2014
Ezekiel Crenshaw

Ezekiel Crenshaw, a PhD candidate in the lab of Aleister Saunders, PhD (Co-Advised by Michael Akins, PhD), has been awarded the Aging Research Dissertation Award to Increase Diversity (R36) from the National Institutes of Health....

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Lee Dolat Awarded F31 NIH Grant

August 21, 2014
Lee Dolat

Lee Dolat, PhD student in the Spiliotis lab, was awarded an F31 grant from the NIH titled "Regulation of Cell Migration by Septin 2 in Renal Cancer"...

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Meet Biologist Katy Gonder

June 25, 2014
Katy Gonder

Katy Gonder, PhD, comes to Drexel with nearly 20 years of research experience from Central Africa. The primate enthusiast specializes in African biodiversity and conservation strategies, and joins bio prof Gail Hearn as co-director of the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program....

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Xiaobo Bai and Siddhita Mhatre Awarded For Research Excellence

June 05, 2014
Siddhita Mhatre and Xiaobo Bai

Xiaobo Bai (Spiliotis Lab) and Siddhita Mhatre (Marenda Lab), were awarded Research Excellence Awards through the Office of Graduate Studies at Drexel Graduate Student Day on May 30, 2014....

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You Catch (and Kill) More Flies with This Sweetener…

June 05, 2014
Flies that have been killed by sweetener

In a study that began as a sixth-grade science fair project, researchers at Drexel University have found that a popular non-nutritive sweetener, erythritol, may be an effective and human-safe insecticide....

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BGSA Won Most Active Organization Award

June 04, 2014
BGSA Most Active Organization Awards

BGSA Won Most Active Organization Award for 2013-2014 at Graduate Student Day....

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Can (Martin) Zhang Named Drexel Magazine's 2014 "40 Under 40"

June 04, 2014
Martin Zhang Drexel Magazine 2014

Can (Martin) Zhang, PhD '07, was recently named to Drexel Magazine's 2014 "40 Under 40"....

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STEM Teaching Innovation, Mentoring at Drexel to Expand with HHMI Grant for Improving Undergraduate Retention

May 29, 2014
Students in science lab

Drexel University has been awarded funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) of $1.2 million over five years to implement strategies intended to increase the retention of undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors. Drexel's project is focused on t...

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Daniel Marenda, PhD, Promoted to Associate Professor

May 15, 2014
Daniel Marenda, PhD

Daniel Marenda, PhD, receives tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at Drexel....

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Elias Spiliotis, PhD, Promoted to Associate Professor

May 15, 2014
Elias Spiliotis, PhD

Elias Spiliotis, PhD, receives tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at Drexel....

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Jennifer Stanford, PhD, Selected as STIRS Scholar

March 10, 2014
Jennifer Stanford, PhD

Drexel biologist Jennifer Stanford, PhD, was one of 13 scholars nationwide to be selected as part of the first group of Scientific Thinking and Integrative Reasoning Skills Scholars by the Association of American Colleges and Universities....

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Fruit flies can shed light on sleep disorders in Alzheimer’s patients.

January 27, 2014
Dr. Felice Elefant in Inside Science TV

Dr. Felice Elefant and her lab were recently featured in a video news short on Inside Science TV...

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Xiaobo Bai Published Paper in The Journal of Cell Biology

December 16, 2013
Xiaobo Bai Septin 2013 Conference in Hefei, China

Xiaobo Bai published a paper in the December issue of The Journal of Cell Biology....

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More New Courses for Winter

October 30, 2013
New CoAS Courses

Looking for new courses this winter? Examine the world of comics, graphic novels and memoirs; learn about technology’s role in psychology; or explore the philosophical ideas of the European Enlightenment in these new courses!...

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Announcing New Department Leadership

October 01, 2013
Ira Taffer, John Bethea

It’s another busy academic year in the College of Arts and Sciences and with it comes some exciting changes in the leadership of our departments:...

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Drexel Students Write "Life Journals" for Local Hospice Patients

August 22, 2013
The Beautiful Life class meeting at Drexel

Thomas "Tommy" Jamison is a 75-year-old hospice patient in West Philadelphia who now spends his Tuesdays reliving his glory days as a former boxer and ladies' man while Hannah Gittler furiously writes it all down....

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Cracking Alzheimer's with Fruit Flies

July 25, 2013
Fruit Fly by John Tarn

With the help of the tiny, remarkable fruit fly, two Drexel researchers aim to speed up science’s understanding of a disease that affects more than 5 million Americans. Two Drexel University scientists have developed a powerful Drosophila model to study better the progression of Alzheimer’s disea...

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Mitchell DRozario - Featured Graduate Student Profile

July 01, 2013
Mitchell D'Rozario

Graduate Student Mitchell D'Rozario was featured in Drexel Now.


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Biology Major Sinks Teeth Into Co-op Experience

June 25, 2013
Victor Fiore showing a fellow co-op how to use a 3D scanner

Some students are lucky if they can work part time or full time at their co-op once it is finished, but biology major Victor Fiore is planning on spending all three co-ops, as well as the time in between, as a dental intern at Gilbert Dental Care, a bit of a change up for someone who originally want...

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Meet One of Biology’s Newest Faculty Members

May 21, 2013
Dr. Denise Garcia

Dr. Denise Garcia joined the Department of Biology this spring as an assistant professor. A California transplant and lover of coffee, Garcia recalls the pivotal class that shifted her career focus from passing the bar to understanding the brain....

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Drexel Engages Science and Technology Communities at Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week

April 17, 2013
Philadelphia Science Festival

As part of city’s vibrant scientific and technological community, Drexel University will play a big role in the 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week on April 18-28. From a 29-story video game, to cutting-edge robotics, to an interactive Jazz concert, Drexel’s students,...

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Xiaobo Bai Wins Best Poster Presentation Award

March 27, 2013
Xiaobo Bai Septin 2013 Conference in Hefei, China

Xiaobo Bai won the first prize award for best poster presentation at the Septin 2013 Conference in Hefei, China...

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Papadakis Building Named 'Philadelphia Project of the Year'

March 26, 2013
PISB named Philadelphia Project of the Year

Drexel’s Constantine N. Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB) was awarded the Philadelphia Project of the Year by the Pennsylvania chapter of the March of Dimes in March. Jim Tucker, senior vice president for Student Life and Administrative Services, accepted the award on behalf of Dre...

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Twiss Research Team Manipulates Axon Growth to Speed Nerve Regeneration

March 22, 2013
Elongated Growth Neurons

One molecule makes nerve cells grow longer. Another one makes them grow branches. These new experimental manipulations have taken researchers a step closer to understanding how nerve cells are repaired at their farthest reaches after injury. The research was recently...

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Exclusive Screening: The Drill Project

March 11, 2013
Drill Monkey

Thousands of miles away on Bioko Island of Equatorial Guinea, Drexel researchers have been working to save the endangered primate species Mandrillus leucophaeus, or the drill monkey. These rare animals are threatened with extinction due to the increasing bushmeat trade in West Africa. The Drill Proj...

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Drexel Researchers Investigate Impact of Biowall

February 06, 2013
The biowall in the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building at Drexel University

Long before a single plant was positioned into the biowall in the Constantine N. Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, a group of Drexel researchers knew it was coming—and they knew, too, just how valuable it would be....

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Simara Price Receives Fellowship Award

December 05, 2012
Simara Price

Simara Price, 5th year graduate student in the lab of Dr. Shivanthi Anandan in the Department of Biology, has been awarded an American Society for Microbiology/ Burroughs Wellcome Fund Science Teaching Fellowship....

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Researchers Converge for Mini-Symposium on CHARGE Syndrome

October 20, 2012
Epigenetics and Disease

On November 2, 2012, researchers from across the U.S. will gather in the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building for a mini-symposium on CHARGE syndrome. CHARGE syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects roughly 1 in 10,000 births. Children with the syndrome are often born with serious birth ...

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Studying the Life Aquatic

October 02, 2012
Karen Sullam

Ecology Ph.D. student Karen Sullam’s got a thing for the underdog—particularly when it comes to the ichthyologic sort. “It’s kind of funny because I started out studying sea turtles—they’re very big and charismatic—but I find myself drawn now to really, really small organisms and fish, which aren’t ...

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Drexel Receives First LEED Certification for Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building

September 21, 2012
Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building Exterior

Drexel University was awarded LEED® Gold certification for the University’s Constantine N. Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, which includes the first biowall at an academic institution in the country....

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Drexel’s Living Wall Wins Plantscaper “Best in Show”

September 21, 2012
Biowall and staircase in the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building

The College of Arts and Sciences’ five-story biowall, housed in the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, continues to garner praise and attention, this time at the 2012 Plantscape Industry Expo in Las Vegas. On August 16th, Parker Urban Greenscapes, which completed the biowall’s installation last...

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Giant Panda Conservation Researchers from China to Speak at Drexel

August 21, 2012
giant pandas

Three leading scientists involved in the conservation of giant pandas at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in Chengdu, China will present a mini-symposium, “Biology and Conservation of the Giant Panda,” at Drexel University on August 22....

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What I'm Reading: Dr. Ken Lacovara

August 10, 2012
Dr. Ken Lacovara

DrexelNow pulled Dr. Ken Lacovara, paleontologist and associate professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, from his work in a marl pit in Gloucester County, NJ, to find out what he’s currently reading. He just finished The Map That Changed the World by Simon Wi...

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Long-Distance Distress Signal from Periphery of Injured Nerve Cells Begins with Locally Made Protein

July 30, 2012
Jeffrey Twiss

When the longest cells in the body are injured at their farthest reaches, coordinating the cells’ repair is no easy task. This is in part because these peripheral nerve cells can be extremely long – up to one meter in adult humans – which is a lot of distance for a molecular distre...

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Dr. Aleister Saunders Named CoAS Associate Dean

July 24, 2012
Dr. Aleister Saunders

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that Dr. Aleister Saunders, Associate Head and Associate Professor of Biology, has been named Dr. James Herbert's successor as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Arts and Sciences, effective September 1, 2012....

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Graduate Student Awards

May 31, 2012
Award winner figure

Congratulations to a number of our graduate students for their recognition at the Graduate Student Awards Ceremony...

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BEES Prof on NatGeo Wild June 3rd

May 30, 2012
The Mighty Army Ant

Tune in to NatGeo Wild next Sunday at 10PM to watch ant aficionado Sean O’Donnell scour the Ecuadorian rainforest in search of the mighty army ant! O’Donnell will be featured on an episode of “Animal Superpowers: Extreme Killers,” a new National Geographic series that explores the amazing and seemin...

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Drexel Students Study Environment on Gunnery Range

May 30, 2012
Drexel Students Study Environment on Gunnery Range

A military combat training base may seem like an unlikely venue for environmental research, but that’s precisely where Drexel biologist Dr. Walter Bien has set up shop. Beyond the runways, control towers and air-to-ground weaponry of the Warren Grove Gunnery Range in Burlington County, NJ, there ar...

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African Monkey's DNA Points to Climate Change, Drexel Researchers Find

May 29, 2012
Dr. Gail Hearn - Drexel Biologist

Drexel biologists Dr. Gail Hearn and Dr. Shaya Honarvar, along with a team of nine other researchers, have been studying a rare and endangered monkey whose DNA could provide insight into the effects of climate change on rainforest-adapted species. The Mandrillus leucophaeus, or drill monkey, is a la...

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BGSA Awarded Outstanding Community Service Award

May 24, 2012

Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA) will receive Outstanding Community Service Award on Graduate Student Day (May 30th, 2012) for exceptional service and care given back to community....

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Biology Department Annual Retreat

April 29, 2012
Annual Retreat Group Picture

The Annual Biology Retreat for 2012, organized by BGSA, was held from 28th to 29th of April, in the Lighthouse Center in Waretown, New Jersey, the Department of Biology marine field station....

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Bio Sophomore Wins "Pay It Forward" Scholarship

April 24, 2012
Kyla LaFond

Biology sophomore Kyla LaFond was named the winner of the 7th Annual “Pay It Forward” Scholarship from CURE Auto Insurance and 94.5 PST. The $15,000 award is given to a young adult who has “performed unselfish acts, compassionate works or community action.” ...

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Bio Ph.D. Student featured CBS3-Philly Talk

April 20, 2012
Biology Ph.D. Candidate Anna Vorobyeva on CBS Philly

Biology Ph.D. candidate Anna Vorobyeva appeared on CBS local news on April 18, 2012 in a segment promoting the Philadelphia Science Festival ...

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Congratulations to Biology's Drexel Research Day Awardees

April 19, 2012
Research Day 2012 - logo

Congratulations to Biology's Drexel Research Day Awardees ...

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Congratulations to Biology's CoAS Research Day Winners!!

April 03, 2012
CoAS Research Day logo - thumb

Congratulations to all Biology's CoAS Research Day Winners ...

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Biology Major is Drexel's First Udall Scholar

April 02, 2012
Biology major, Elliot Chiu awarded Udall Scholarship

Elliott Chiu (BS/MS in Biology/Environmental Science, ’13) received the Udall Scholarship a prestigious and highly-competitive award for students committed to careers related to the environment. Chiu is the first Drexel student to be named a Udall Scholar. ...

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A Zap of Cold Plasma Reduces Harmful Bacteria on Raw Chicken in Drexel Study

February 08, 2012
Cold Plasma Reduces Harmful Bacteria on Raw Chicken

A new study by food safety researchers at Drexel University demonstrates that plasma can be an effective method for killing pathogens on uncooked poultry. ...

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Dr Walter Bien at New Jersey Symphony Winter Festival

January 16, 2012
Dr. Walter Bien

Science met art when Dr. Walter Bien, research professor in the Department of Biology, participated in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Winter Festival celebration of the role of fire in human life and myth. ...

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Sean of the Jungle: Biology Prof Works on Documentary in Ecuador

January 10, 2012
Butterflies puddling on the riverbank in the Tiputini Rainforest

In the humid Ecuadorian night, after a long day of filming, Dr. Sean O’Donnell treks back into the Tiputini rainforest alone. The thick canopy blocks the moonlight, replacing the lush greens of day with the deep black dark. Sean sweeps the narrow beam of his headlamp in search of army ants (h...

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Bringing the Outdoors In: Doors Officially Open to Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building

October 03, 2011
President Fry speaks at dedication

As you’ve surely heard—or seen—the College of Arts and Sciences’ new Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building has officially opened at the corner of 33rd and Chestnut Streets. ...

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Dr. Jacob Russell Gave a Talk At The Evolution Meetings

June 18, 2011
Dr. Jacob Russell

Dr. Jacob Russell, assistant professor of Biology, CoAS, recently traveled to the Evolution meetings in Norman, OK, where he gave a talk entitled "Microbial Menageries of Ants" ...

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Dr. Jacob Russell Published a Review On Wolbachia of Ants.

June 07, 2011
Ants 3 Cephalotes Atratus ants on a leaf

Dr. Jacob Russell, assistant professor of Biology, CoAS, recently published a review article/meta-analysis on Wolbachia of ants. ...

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Dr. Elias Spiliotis Received an Award.

June 01, 2011
Dr. Elias Spiliotis

Dr. Elias Spiliotis, received The Antelo Devereux Award for Young Faculty award! ...

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Dr. Shivanthi Anandan Received an Award.

June 01, 2011
Dr. Shivanthi Anandan

Dr. Shivanthi Anandan, received The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence award ...

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Victoria Egerton Received the 2011 TA Excellence Award!

May 12, 2011
News with globe icon

Congratulations to Victoria Egerton for receiving the 2011 TA Excellence Award! ...

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Kevin Smith Received a Highly Commended Citation!!

May 12, 2011
News with globe icon

Congratulations to Kevin Smith for receiving a Highly Commended Citation! ...

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Steven Pearson - 2nd place in Graduate Science on Research Day!

April 07, 2011
 Steve Pearson standing with his Research Day poster

Congratulations to Steven Pearson on winning 2nd place in the Graduate Science category for Research Day ...

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Brian Leung - 2nd place in Undergraduate Science on Research Day!

April 07, 2011
News with globe icon

Congratulations to Brian Leung on winning 2nd place in the Undergraduate Science category for Research Day ...

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BGSA Sponsored a Trip to Philadelphia's Mutter Museum

February 18, 2011
Biology Graduate Students at the Philadelphia Mutters Museum

The Biology Department's Graduate Student Association sponsored a trip to Philadelphia's Mutter Museum on Friday February 18th ...

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Steven Pearson won First Place Award.

February 15, 2011
Steve Pearson's Poster Introduction

Steven Pearson, a PhD candidate with advisor Dr. Harold Avery, won First Place for "Outstanding Student Poster Award". ...

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Shuyang Chen Publishes in Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology

November 01, 2010
Cover of Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology

Shuyang Chen, doctoral candidate with advisor Dr. Nianli Sang, has his review article accepted for publication in Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. ...

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Sara Ansaloni Receives Max Planck Post-doctoral Fellowship

October 29, 2010
Sara Ansaloni in the yard of Ca Foscari, Venice - one of the most ancient universties

Sara Ansaloni, doctoral candidate with advisor Dr. Aleister Saunders, CoAS, is the recipient of a Max Planck Institute Research Network on Aging Post-doctoral Fellowship. ...

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More Publicity for Paul Ullman's NSF Fellowship!

June 10, 2010

Paul Ullman, 1st yr graduate student under Dr. Lacovara, has received more publicity due to the incredibly competitive and prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awarded him earlier this year. The grant will fund his graduate research here in the Department of Biology....

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Avery & Spotila mentioned for Diamondback Terrapin Research

June 09, 2010

Dr. Hal Avery and Dr. James Spotila were recently mentioned in the Daily News Tribune, MetroWest Daily News and Daily News Transcript about their studying the ecology of diamondback terrapins....

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Dr. Daniel Marenda Publishes Work in the Journal Fly

June 08, 2010

Dr. Daniel Marenda published his work, "Map Kinase phosphorylation is dispensable for cell division, but required for cell growth in Drosophila." in the July 2010 issue of the Journal Fly....

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Dr. Daniel Marenda Receives R21 Grant

June 06, 2010

Dr. Daniel Marenda was recently awarded a R21 grant for $412,500 from the NIH to study CHARGE Syndrome in a Drosophila model....

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Turtle Research Featured In the News

June 03, 2010

Turtle conservation work in New Jersey by Dr. Bien, Dr. Avery, and Dr. Spotila has recently been featured in a number of small documentaries about the project....

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Prehistoric Monsters Revealed, a documentary with Dr. Kenneth Lacovara

June 01, 2010

Eugenia Zandona, graduate student under Dr. Susan Kilham, won 1st prize in the Bio and Biomedical Section of Drexel's 2010 Research Day for her poster, The Role of Diet and Resource Availability in the Life History Evolution of Trinidadian Guppies (Poecilia Reticulata)....

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