Biological Sciences News
Posted Thu, 09 May 2019 15:41:00 -0700
The cover of Science Magazine currently features an important discovery made by an international research team: deep-sea fish can see more than just one color. When a Switzerland- and Australia-based research team recently needed to validate their findings regarding what colors of light a deep-sea fish species could see at up to 1500 meters below the surface, they turned to scientists at the University of Idaho. Biological Sciences Research Assistant Professor and CMCI Modeling Fellow Jagdish Patel and Biological Sciences Professors Deborah Stenkamp and Celeste Brown used Patel's newly developed computational molecular simulation based approach to generate a mathematical model to predict color sensitivity. Read more
Posted Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:29:00 -0700
Professor Jill Johnson, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Alberta and the University of Würzburg, recently published a paper in Nature Communications titled, "The Conserved NxNNWHW Motif in Aha1-Type Co-Chaperones Modulates the Kinetics of Hsp90 ATPase Stimulation and is Essential for In Vivo Function." This research seeks to understand how Hsp90 partners with interacting cochaperones to help 10-15 percent of cellular proteins fold properly. Read more
Posted Mon, 01 Apr 2019 16:37:00 -0700
Assistant Professor Diana Mitchell, in collaboration with Deb Stenkamp of the Department of Biological Sciences and the IBEST GRC, recently published a paper in the Scientific Reports - Nature Journal titled "Regeneration Associated Transcriptional Signature of Retinal Microglia and Macrophages." Funding for this work was provided by Idaho INBRE through a technology access grant awarded to Mitchell and an National Institutes of Health R21 grant awarded to Stenkamp. Their research seeks to understand the remarkable capacity in which zebrafish can regenerate retinal neurons, in this case with a focus on immune cell populations present during retinal repair. Read more
Posted Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:01:00 -0800
MOSCOW, Idaho — Feb. 13, 2019 — National Academy of Sciences (NAS) member Jim Bull will join the University of Idaho faculty in fall 2019. He will be the first NAS member affiliated with an educational institution in Idaho, according to NAS. The academy is a nonprofit and private society of scholars charged by Congress to provide the nation objective and independent council on scientific and technological matters; Bull was elected to NAS in 2016. Read more
Posted Wed, 24 Oct 2018 14:38:00 -0700
Department of Biological Sciences' Chris Marx and colleagues representing three other universities published a study this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The laboratory study addressed how two species can evolve a relationship that increases the chance of survival for both despite the energy costs to both. Read more
Posted Tue, 15 May 2018 11:00:00 -0700
Nineteen faculty members at the University of Idaho were awarded funding for FY2019 through the university’s Seed Grant program. Sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development, the Seed Grant program helps early career faculty establish a scholarly program. The program aims to promote research, outreach and creative activities that will improve individual faculty competitiveness for external funding and/or will result in publications, patents, recognition, awards or exhibitions/performances. Seed Grant awards ranged from $8,200 to $12,000. Read more
Posted Thu, 10 May 2018 09:38:00 -0700
Two University of Idaho faculty members have received the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for early career scholars. Christine Parent, an assistant professor of biological sciences and member of the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST), and Eric Mittelstaedt, an assistant professor of geology and geophysics, both in the U of I College of Science, earned Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards, along with a combined $1.7 million in research funding. Read more
Posted Thu, 03 May 2018 10:48:00 -0700
Twelve University of Idaho proposals were selected for funding in 2018 through the Office of Research and Economic Development's (ORED) Equipment and Infrastructure Support (EIS) Award program. The program supports equipment purchases, upgrades and repairs to enhance research, scholarship and creative activity at the university.
Posted Tue, 01 May 2018 11:31:00 -0700
Spring 2018 graduate J. Tyrell Styhl has been selected as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipient. Styhl, originally from Idaho Falls, graduates this may with a Bachelor of Science in ecology and conservation biology with minors in wildlife Resources and Statistics. He starts graduate school in Fall 2018 with an emphasis on studying changes in the diet of southern Idaho sage grouse from chicks to adults. Read more
Posted Mon, 30 Apr 2018 10:51:00 -0700
Department of Biological Sciences' Paul Rowley published a PLoS Genetics study last week in collaboration with University of Colorado Boulder and University of California, Irvine researchers. The team showed that yeast have evolved to protect their genomes against "genetic parasites," which are gene sequences that can propagate throughout an organism's genome. Proteins within the yeast's nuclear pore, which is a passageway into the nucleus, have evolved their shape to limit the ability of genetic parasites to enter the nucleus. Future studies will investigate how viruses like HIV hijack nuclear pore proteins to cause disease. Read more
Posted Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:35:00 -0800
Professor Jill Johnson with the Department of Biological Sciences published a study titled "Functional and physical interaction between yeast Hsp90 and Hsp70" on Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in collaboration with researchers from the National Institutes of Health. The researchers studied the interactions among a number of proteins, called molecular chaperones, that work collaboratively to shape and stabilize other proteins. Results from the study may help researchers design treatments for human diseases such as cancer or disorders that result from the incorrect folding of proteins. Read more
Posted Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:42:00 -0800
This position serves as a financial technician for the department of Biological Sciences. Read more
Posted Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:41:00 -0800
Congratulations to Eva Top, professor of biology and bioinformatics and computational biology in the College of Science, who achieved fellowship status in the American Academy of Microbiology. Members of the academy are recognized for their excellence, originality and leadership in the microbiological sciences and are widely recognized as eminent leaders in the field of microbiology.
Posted Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:29:00 -0800
This position serves as a financial technician for the department of Biological Sciences. This position is responsible for the financial and personnel support needs for approximately 17 faculty members (names A-L) and their lab groups and works closely with the Financial Specialist. This support includes being responsible for monitoring departmental and grant budgets for principal investigators to maintain both accuracy and accountability; serving as a resource person for faculty and staff requiring information regarding grants, contracts, and disposition of funds and the options available for various budgetary requirements; being responsible for personnel functions of payroll and required personnel actions in Banner including the timely and accurate processing of approximately 200 Electronic Personnel Action Forms (EPAFs) per year. Ensuring compliance with policy and procedures and explaining those procedures to departmental faculty and staff; the department wide processing of claim vouchers for reimbursements and processing of purchasing card statements. Read more and apply. Read more
Posted Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:03:00 -0800
Longtime University of Idaho faculty member Ronald L. Crawford passed away on Jan.11, 2018 at his home in Bend, Oregon, after battling pancreatic cancer. Ron joined the faculty in 1987 as head of the Department of Bacteriology and Biochemistry. Incidentally, this led to him becoming his twin brother's boss. They had many funny stories to share about the various confusions that being twins caused.
Posted Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:55:00 -0800
Professor Emeritus Nils Olof (Olle) Pellmyr passed away in Moscow on Dec. 4, 2017. He was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 19, 1957, and earned his doctorate from Uppsala University. He served on the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences from 2002 to 2012.
Posted Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:30:00 -0800
Researchers led by a team of students and faculty at the University of Idaho discovered how adult brains may be able to more easily create new neural connections, potentially providing insight for treating neurological diseases and injuries. To do this, scientists from three universities analyzed how certain genes in adult mice prevent and foster the creation of synaptic connections, or the brain’s communication pathways between neurons, said Peter Fuerst, research team lead and U of I associate professor of biology. Read more
Posted Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:00:00 -0800
A team led by University of Idaho scientists has found a way to stimulate formation of new neural connections in the adult brain in a study that could eventually help humans fend off memory loss, brain trauma and other ailments in the central nervous system. Read more
Posted Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:17:00 -0700
The Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem will host the first Biology of Vector-Borne Diseases six-day course in June 2018. This course provides accessible, condensed training and knowledge networking for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, new faculty and current professionals to ensure competency in basic biology, cutting edge technology and tools, expertise and resources for U.S. and global vector-borne diseases of plants, animals and humans.
Posted Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:46:00 -0700
Billie Swalla, director of Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, will give a presentation at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in TLC 047 on "Origin, Evolution and Development of the Chordates." The talk is part of the College of Science's Randall Seminar Series. In addition, Swalla will participate in a discussion on "Sexism in STEM Fields" at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Bogey's at the UI Golf Course.