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Weiner Lab - Section through the brain of a mouse expressing a green fluorescent protein transgene in selected neurons.
The Department of Biology investigates a wide range of research questions across the vast disciplines of the biological sciences. Our interdisciplinary faculty have research interests in areas ranging from single cells to entire systems and questions ranging from why we need sex to the origin of diseases at the cellular level. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our outstanding faculty and their research.

As a research department in an academic institution the teaching of future scientists is, and has always been one of our priorities. Our graduate research program trains scientists for careers in academia, industry and government. Our undergraduate students gain a firm foundation in modern biological sciences to prepare them for a multitude of careers that depend on a solid understanding of biology. All students have an opportunity to participate in research areas through our graduate and undergraduate programs. Welcome to Biology!
Weiner Lab - Section through the brain of a mouse expressing a green fluorescent protein transgene in selected neurons. Weiner Lab - Mouse choroid plexus, stained for gamma-protocadherins (green), tight junctions (red) and blood vessels (blue), imaged using whole-mount confocal microscopy. Forbes Lab - Parasitoid wasp in genus Pteromalus. Forbes Lab - Crab spider eating an Apple Maggot larva. Forbes Lab - Parasitoid wasp Macroneura vesicularis. Stipp Lab - Disorganized cell-cell junctions in breast carcinoma cells. Dailey Lab - GFP+ Microglia & YFP+ Neurons in P12 mouse hippocampus. Dailey Lab - GFP+ Microglia & YFP+ Neurons in P12 mouse neocortex. McAllister Lab - All female brood of Drosophila borealis infected with male-killing Wolbachia. Fritzsch Lab - 3D reconstruction of the wildtype and Pax2-cre::Atoh1f/f conditional null mouse to reveal the loss of the organ of Corti (red), similar length of basilar membrane (yellow) and loss of spiral ganglion neurons (orange). Fritzsch Lab - Afferent fiber labeling (red) and PLP-EGFP (green) in a wildtype (left) and ErbB2 null mutant (right). Phillips Lab - Stem cell polarity and asymmetric cell division is flipped in Axin mutant cells (bottom) compared to wild-type (top). Slusarski Lab - Zebrafish with EGFP expressed in cranial facial cartilage. Slusarski Lab - Section of adult zebrafish heart demonstrating wnt5 expression. Neiman Lab - Asexual female Potamopyrgus antipodarum used to study why sex is so common. Image provided by Bart Zijlstra. Neiman Lab - Collecting members of our snail study system from a New Zealand lake. Neiman Lab - Asexual female Potamopyrgus antipodarum used to study why sex is so common. Image provided by Bart Zijlstra. Hendrix Lab - Svastra spp. gathering pollen from Ratibida pinnata. Hendrix Lab - Halicitid bee gathering pollen on cactus. Cheng Lab - A cordate gametophyte generated directly from a sporophyte leaf bypassing meiosis.
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The Department of Biology investigates a wide range of research questions across the vast disciplines of the biological sciences. Our interdisciplinary faculty have research interests in areas ranging from single cells to entire systems and questions ranging from why we need sex to the origin of diseases at the cellular level. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our outstanding faculty and their research.

As a research department in an academic institution the teaching of future scientists is, and has always been one of our priorities. Our graduate research program trains scientists for careers in academia, industry and government. Our undergraduate students gain a firm foundation in modern biological sciences to prepare them for a multitude of careers that depend on a solid understanding of biology. All students have an opportunity to participate in research areas through our graduate and undergraduate programs. Welcome to Biology!

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July 23, 2014
Biology researchers find potential genetic link between epilepsy and neurodegenerative disorders

A recent scientific discovery showed that mutations in prickle genes cause epilepsy, which in humans is a brain disorder characterized by repeated seizures over time. However, the mechanism responsible for generating prickle-associated seizures was unknown.

A new University of Iowa study, published online July 14 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveals a novel pathway in the pathophysiology of epilepsy. UI researchers have identified the basic cellular mechanism that goes awry in prickle mutant flies, leading to the epilepsy-like seizures.

“This is to our knowledge the first direct genetic evidence demonstrating that mutations in the fly version of a known human epilepsy gene produce seizures through altered vesicle transport,” says John Manak, senior author and associate professor of biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and pediatrics in the Carver College of Medicine.

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  • September 5, 2014 - 4:00 PM
  • Kollros Auditorium, 101 Biology Building East
  • Dr. Maria Spies
  • The University of Iowa
  • Controlling homologous recombination: from single molecules to mechanism-based therapeutics
  • September 12, 2014 - 4:00 PM
  • Kollros Auditorium, 101 Biology Building East
  • Dr. Don Sakaguchi
  • Iowa State University
  • September 19, 2014 - 4:00 PM
  • Kollros Auditorium, 101 Biology Building East
  • Dr. David Soll
  • The University of Iowa
  • Two unique in vitro approaches for suppressing tumor formation in cancer patients
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