Georgetown University Department of Biology

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Biology is the study of life and any living creatures, including their structure, function, development, derivation, evolution, and distribution. Our program provides our students with a variety of affiliated programs, such as Global Infectious Disease (GID), Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (IPN), Georgetown Environment Initiative, Center for the Environment, Program on Science in the Public Interest, Post-bac Program for Pre-meds, and Sigma XI Science Honor Society. Undergraduate students are given the opportunity to do research. The majority of undergraduate students conduct research in the laboratory, in the field, or computationally under the direction of faculty mentors in the Department of Biology, in the Medical Center, or at local research institutions. Other students commit themselves to developing lesson plans and engaging high school students in biology. All graduate students in the Department of Biology learn how to teach in a pedagogy course. They are provided with the opportunity to achieve a certificate in teaching apprenticeship. They are able to attain the certificate through participating in workshops sponsored by the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship. Faculty have received credentials in pedagogy, attended conferences on biology education, and have published on teaching innovation. Through our outstanding and skillful faculties, the mission of the Department of Biology is to enable students to make creative and careful use of their knowledge.

Mission: Develop a skill set and research record for students; such that they can secure employment in universities, federal agencies, private companies or non-governmental organizations where they can apply the skills and knowledge acquired during the program.

Operating as usual

"Very excited and proud to announce that my student, GeorgeMelchor has been selected as a SfN Neuroscience Scholars Prog...
06/08/2020

"Very excited and proud to announce that my student, George
Melchor has been selected as a SfN Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP) fellow 2020-22. Congratulations!," Prof. Jeffrey Huang

Great news! The department of Biology is proud of you. Congratulations, George!Melchor

The @GUBiology community is deeply saddened by the recent #violence against #BlackAmericans. We recognize this as a cons...
06/02/2020

The @GUBiology community is deeply saddened by the recent #violence against #BlackAmericans. We recognize this as a consequence of entrenched structural #racism in our society. We value all members of our community, and stand in #solidarity with our Black colleagues and students.

Message from the Chair of the Department of Biology:

Published TODAY! We are so proud of professor Leslie Ries and her lab who were mentioned in a @washingtonpost article ti...
05/19/2020
Perspective | Citizen naturalists keep watch over at-risk dragonflies, butterflies, bugs

Published TODAY! We are so proud of professor Leslie Ries and her lab who were mentioned in a @washingtonpost article titled "Citizen naturalists keep watch over at-risk dragonflies, butterflies, bugs."

Prof. Ries stated, "This is one of my favorite groups - they have done such amazing work and all through the sheer force of personality that is their leader Jim Waggener. All citizen science groups should be led by an air force colonel!! It was so great to see the Washington Post shine a light on their efforts!!!"

Photographer Kristi Odom follows Washington-area group that hopes its in-depth data will provide insight into a catastrophic insect decline that alarms scientists around the world.

Congratulations to the class of 2020!                                                          The faculty and staff of ...
05/15/2020

Congratulations to the class of 2020!

The faculty and staff of The Department of Biology congratulates the graduating class of 2020 and wishes you all the best of luck on your future endeavors.

While it wasn’t exactly the celebration you anticipated, your professors created a virtual commencement speech for the class of 2020, check out our blog to view the recorded videos from your professors.

The blog: https://blogs.commons.georgetown.edu/biology-class-of-2020/

05/04/2020

This morning more than 50 participant joined us on Chapman Medal Presentations via zoom! A group of undergraduate students shared great PowerPoint Presentation topics on visually appealing slides that are both informative and interesting. Today's presenters were:
Mary Meg Valentine
Mahesh Kumar
Annika Sundlof
Hannah Elwell
Flo Martinez Addiego
Zachary Susswein
Isabel Rose
Helena Oft

04/29/2020
m.yale.edu

Congrats to Stefano Daniele, a former Georgetown student, who was recently honored with a Soros Fellowship for New Americans as an MD-PhD student at Yale.

TOMORROW our last seminar of the semester! Join our virtual seminar presented by our guest speaker Dr. Megan L. Fritz, d...
04/22/2020

TOMORROW our last seminar of the semester! Join our virtual seminar presented by our guest speaker Dr. Megan L. Fritz, department of Entomology at University of Maryland.

Abstract:
Humans are sculptors of the natural world, making sweeping changes to the composition of the natural landscape. This places extraordinary pressure on plant and animal communities to adapt to novel conditions. Under these circumstances, a number of evolutionary processes act to shape the genomic architecture of species in these communities. Insects of agricultural or medical importance are frequently the targets of strong, human-imposed selection, when we modify their habitats or manage their populations. My research program sheds light on the ways in which human activities impact genomic variation in insects, specifically focusing on the agricultural pest Helicoverpa zea, and the medically important mosquito Culex pipiens. Here, I qualitatively and quantitatively describe the shifts in genome architecture and gene expression that have occurred in these species in association with human-mediated environmental modifications. I then consider the downstream consequences of these evolutionary changes for both agricultural productivity and vector-borne disease transmission.

1/31st, Pablo Silva Rodriquez of the Silva lab discussed his work in researching sox11, an important transcription facto...
02/11/2020

1/31st, Pablo Silva Rodriquez of the Silva lab discussed his work in researching sox11, an important transcription factor in Xenopus Laevis development!

Last Thursday, Dr. Mustafa Khokha discussed his research into the role of potassium channel expression and cell fate, ul...
02/11/2020

Last Thursday, Dr. Mustafa Khokha discussed his research into the role of potassium channel expression and cell fate, ultimately connecting mutations in these proteins to disorders such as congenital heart disease.

02/06/2020

Check out Dr. Vivianne Morrison's newly published paper with the Huang lab! She discusses the role of retinoic acid in the formation of the myelin sheath during development, and connects this to the effect of poor nutrition on brain growth. https://tinyurl.com/wbtrdbj

TODAY in Regents 239, join us as we welcome Dr. Mustafa Khokha as he presents his research on patients with Congenital H...
02/06/2020

TODAY in Regents 239, join us as we welcome Dr. Mustafa Khokha as he presents his research on patients with Congenital Heart Disease. His work focuses on membrane potential and cell pluripotency!

On Thursday, Dr. Jeffrey Urbach from our very own physics department showcased his work on the guidance and formation of...
02/03/2020

On Thursday, Dr. Jeffrey Urbach from our very own physics department showcased his work on the guidance and formation of the axon's growth cone!

TODAY Pablo Silva Rodriquez from the Silva lab will host a seminar on sox11, a transcription factor that impacts disease...
01/31/2020

TODAY Pablo Silva Rodriquez from the Silva lab will host a seminar on sox11, a transcription factor that impacts disease and development! Join us in Regents 239!

Congratulations professor Manus Patten! (Department of Biology), for receiving the prestigious Dean’s Excellence in Teac...
01/29/2020

Congratulations professor Manus Patten! (Department of Biology), for receiving the prestigious Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award at Faculty Convocation last night.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2NTUoXN

Congratulations to Nathan Hensley (Department of English), Catherine Keesling (Department of Classics), and Manus Patten (Department of Biology), who received the prestigious Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award at Faculty Convocation last night. This award is given to those faculty members who have demonstrated that they are exceptional educators deeply committed to enriching the undergraduate experience.

“Georgetown College is privileged to count among its faculty members such masterful and dedicated teachers,” says Chris Celenza, dean of Georgetown College. “Their work links research to the classroom, evinces a finely-honed sense of intellectual curiosity, and embodies the spirit of cura personalis for which we all strive at Georgetown. I congratulate them and am proud to be their colleague.”

Read more: http://bit.ly/2NTUoXN

Tomorrow, come to Regents 239 at 12:30 to hear our very own Dr. Jeffrey Urbach present his research on neuronal axon gro...
01/29/2020

Tomorrow, come to Regents 239 at 12:30 to hear our very own Dr. Jeffrey Urbach present his research on neuronal axon growth and guidance through the lens of biophysics!

Sunday, January 26th, Professor Mann gave a sold-out talk on the Potomac River-Chesapeake Bay dolphins at Bier Baron. Th...
01/29/2020

Sunday, January 26th, Professor Mann gave a sold-out talk on the Potomac River-Chesapeake Bay dolphins at Bier Baron. The enthusiastic crowd stayed for questions until closing time forced everyone out.

Photo credit:
http://pcdolphinproject.org

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Our programs are designed to provide the finest education in biological principles and their application. We emphasize inquiry-based coursework to promote analytical thinking and synthesis. Additionally, we emphasize a research intensive experience both in coursework and in research laboratories; students can opt to conduct research in laboratories in our department, the medical school or elsewhere in D.C. through volunteering, research tutorials, and RISE (Research Intensive Senior Experience).

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Interesting seminar you don't want to miss! Today at 3:30.
need scholarship for my Phd
I'm graduating with a high school diploma and AA degree in May 2019. Where can I get my collegiate credits from Pierce College assessed for transfer to GU's Biology Dept.? Who should I contact at GU? 🙂
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