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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 - A C. elegans hermaphrodite expressing a green fluorescent transgene in the distal tip cells (arrowheads). 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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March 4, 2014
Biology graduate student receives Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has selected two graduate students to receive the Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. Andrew Adrian and Amalia Aruda Almada are the 2014 recipients of the award. Adrian is a Ph.D. candidate working in the laboratory of Josep Comeron, an associate professor in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Biology; and Almada is a Ph.D. candidate in biological oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

“Amalia and Andrew have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and enthusiasm at the interface of science and policy,” said AIBS President Dr. Joseph Travis. “I congratulate them on their well deserved recognition and look forward to their involvement in the upcoming Congressional Visits Day.”

AIBS is a professional scientific organization dedicated to informing and leading research, education, and policymaking at the frontiers of the life sciences. Since 2003, AIBS has recognized the achievements of biology graduate students who have demonstrated an interest and aptitude for contributing to science and public policy.

Adrian and Almada will travel to Washington, DC in April to meet with their congressional delegations. They will also participate in a training program on communicating with policymakers and a briefing on the federal budget for scientific research. These events are in conjunction with the annual Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC) Congressional Visits Day. The winners also receive a one-year membership in AIBS, which includes a subscription to the scientific journal BioScience.

"As scientists, we understand the long-term impact and goals of our research, yet we often forget that we need to emphasize its relevance to society,” said Adrian. “My goal is to bring my understanding of scientific research to policymakers and impress upon them the need for sustained investment in scientific research for a better tomorrow."

In addition to this award, Adrian was recently elected a trainee advisory representative to the board of directors for the Genetics Society of America (GSA), where he is helping to draft the society’s position statements on legislation.

Adrian is also a founding member of a student outreach organization that holds public lectures on science. In his capacity as chair of that group’s policy subcommittee, he organized meetings with state and local officials about science policy. He participated in the 2013 BESC Congressional Visits Day and is an active member and secretary of the Iowa City Darwin Day organization. Adrian has also served for four years on the University of Iowa’s Graduate Student Steering Committee. His research focuses on how and why meiotic recombination happens. He received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

“This is the twelfth year that AIBS has recognized outstanding graduate students for their achievements in science policy,” said AIBS Executive Director Dr...


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