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Letters from Galápagos #1

January 17, 2022 To whom it may concern,   Packing is an adventure. Getting ready...

Action against racism on campus

January 14, 2022–From U of U Leadership: Dear campus community, We have an urgent vision...

New Gene-editing Tools Detailed in Cover Article

The expanding CRISPER-Cas universe continues to provide new tools for manipulating genomes in animals. James...

California mice eat monarch butterflies

This newly discovered mouse-butterfly interaction suggests that western monarch decline could disrupt ecosystems in unanticipated...

Beans-to-Genes Microbiology in the time of Covid

Last semester, Professor Colin Dale’s Biol 5275, Microbial Diversity, Genomics and Evolution (MDGE) lab/class was...

Ferocious fungus

In new paper, co-authored by SBS Professor, engineers discover what makes a tree-killing fungus so...

Remembering Naomi Franklin, 1929-2021

SBS Professor EmeritaNaomi Franklin passed away on December 24, 2021 in Salt Lake City. She...

Desert shrubs cranked up water use efficiency to survive a megadrought

It may not be enough. Shrubs in the desert Southwest have increased their water use...

2021 Year-End Message from the Co-Directors

Moving Ahead with Biological Sciences Research programs carried out by Biology faculty have always been...

The Science of Biological Data: Fred Adler

In an age when cross-disciplinary collaboration has become essential, especially in academia, Fred Adler puts...

SRI Year-End Campaign: $50K match

We invite you to help biology students be part of the Science Research Initiative. We...

“The 28 Day Cycle” Art Installation

“I made an impractical decision that I do not regret,” says Danielle Okelberry who goes...

#GivingTuesday

Today, November 30, 2021, is the national day of giving in the United States. Across...

2007 Nobel laureate Mario Capecchi on this year’s award

Each year thousands of professors, members of national committees, Nobel laureates, and parliamentary assemblies lobby...

Early Riser: George Riser, Distinguished Alumnus

In 2017 George R. Riser, BS’1947, received the first Distinguished Alumni Award from the School...

Bill Gray Awarded Ty Harrison Service Award 2021

Three years ago after Ty Harrison passed away, the board of directors of the Utah...

Woodrat microbiomes: It’s who you are that matters most

More than diet or geography, evolutionary history has the strongest influence on bacterial gut communities...

Cottam’s Gulch

One of the most tranquil spots at the University is Cottam’s Gulch, the small gully...

Nalini Nadkarni: A tree goes around the world 7 times a year

In October 2021, SBS’s Nalini Nadkarni, Professor Emerita, came to Barcelona to collect the NAT...

The science of the sandworms of ‘Dune’

The giant creatures in Frank Herbert’s novel have an Earthly counterpart in the numerous nematodes....

Rivers become bird corridors

In a dry year in the West, when the world turns crispy and cracked, rivers...

Ilham Batar: Creating the unimaginable

In the office of the UofU President, now, currently occupied by Taylor Randall, Presidential Interns...

Can Fungi Save the World?

Just below the surface of our world lies the vast, unexplored world of fungi. There...

Featured Art in SBS

The School of Biological Sciences has many feet of wall space to decorate, and occasionally...

Inflight Blood Meals on a Starry Night 

SBS’s Neil Vickers could tell you a great deal about turbulence–in his lab and in...

Student Veteran of the Year

The Student Veteran of the Year (SVOY) award is open for nominations. The award is...

Crystal Cory: SBS Career Coach

Career coaching is a little bit of hand-holding and a whole lot of at-your-fingertips resources....

Nerd with a passion for the outdoors

Growing up on a hobby farm in the Pacific Northwest, Shelley Reich developed a keen...

SBS opens search for 2 new faculty members in plant bio

Assistant Professor – School of Biological Sciences University of Utah [pictured above, Talia Karasov, SBS...

Darwin’s short-beak enigma solved

Mutation in the ROR2 gene is linked to beak length in domestic pigeons, has a...

Austin Green

I began my research career in 2013 as an undergraduate in the Şekercioğlu Lab at...

Kathleen Treseder

For Kathleen Treseder, HBS’94, the launching pad for her career in science and research was...

An “Ig Nobel” Peace Prize for study of beards as punch protection

U researchers receive Ig Nobel Peace Prize for study of beards as punch protection In...

The Concrete Jungle’s impact on mammal biodiversity

City dwellers seldom experience the near-reverence of watching deer walk through their yards, both for...

Mario Capecchi

We’re sure you’ve heard of Mario Capecchi Drive on campus, but do you know why...

Elmera Azadpour

Following graduation with honors in 2019 from the SBS, Elmera Azadpour, accepted the Arnhold Environmental...

Food claiming to have ‘wild mushrooms’ rarely does

DNA barcoding revealed products mostly contain cultivated fungi, and a few poisonous mushrooms Harvesting wild...

Be The Light: AIS PREP at the U

On July 14-16, 2021, students of the American Indian Services (AIS) Pre-Freshman Engineering Program (AIS...

David Almanzar

David Almanzar came to the University of Utah in 2016 to pursue his PhD following...

This Scientist Discovered an Ant Species in His Own Backyard

Biologist Jack Longino has spent most of his career hunting for ants in the rainforests...

Birds at risk of extinction

The lush forests and more than 7,000 islands of the Philippines hold a rich diversity...

Scientific Discovery Illustrated

Biology Under Cover is a permanent exhibit in the lobby of the Aline W. Skaggs...

Bucking Groove Formation

Nalini Nadkarni Retires Dr. Nalini Nadkarni has a busy brain. I should know; I’ve been...

Caralyn Flack

For some, doing scientific research is the be-all and end-all. To be “at the bench”...

Pan-Amphibian Viral Vectors

Ayako Yamaguchi and a team of amphibian neuroscientists have been awarded a one-million-dollar prestigious National...

Kyle Kittelberger

For graduate students, getting research published in a peer-reviewed journal is arguably the gold standard...

Todd Alder

Todd B. Alder (BS’92; PhD’00) contracted COVID-19 early on in the pandemic and today still...

Nikhil Bhayani

“Every time I come to the U with my kids,” says Nikhil K. Bhayani, MD,...

Rachel Jones

While Rachel Jones has wanted to do medical research since 3rd grade, it wasn’t until high...

COVID-19: Just a Seasonal Nuisance?

University of Utah scientists model possible COVID-19 futures. March 20, 2021 – Within the next...

Diana Montgomery

“Perhaps my favorite experience at the University of Utah is when I started working in...

Alli Hoffman

For a scientist it might seem counter-intuitive to value the notion that there is never...

Sahar Kanishka, Undergrad Research Award

Sahar Kanishka, recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award, remembers daily where her family...

T. Mitchell Aide, PhD’89

Distinguished Alumnus   Following his graduation with a bachelor’s from University of Texas – San...

Mary Beckerle Elected to NAS

April 21, 2021—Mary C. Beckerle, chief executive officer and director, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HC); and...

Nitin Phadnis, Fly Genetics

One of 3 for ’20. February 19, 2021 – Nitin Phadnis, SBS Associate Professor, and his...

Ace Madsen, MD

The Department of Biology, now the School of Biological Sciences, was a bit of a...

Ed Groenhout

All that was needed to become a doctor was to be told at graduation he...

A Glimpse of the Startup Life

Reshma Shetty Distinguished Lab Alumna   It all started with venomous snails. University of Utah...

Swing Out (Meiotic) Sister

    March 20, 2021 – Sexual reproduction shuffles the parental genomes to generate new...

Tracking Wildlife During the Pandemic

March 30, 2021 -For scientists, especially graduate students, who conduct fieldwork, every day is precious....

Fast Track Designation for Denali Diagnostics

March 22, 2021 – When Ryan Watts, BS’00, steps into the classroom at the University...

The Gandhi Effect

The Gandhi Effect Distinguished Alumni Awards Rajesh Gandhi, BS’86 Monica Gandhi, BS’91    Leena Gandhi,...

Karrin Tennant, Research Award

For Karrin Tennant, recipient of the College of Science Undergraduate Research Award, the never-ending story...

Jim Ehleringer, Academy of Sciences

Distinguished professor of biology James R. Ehleringer, who has pioneered applications of stable isotopes, was...

Jeanne Novak, BS’87

Jeanne Novak Distinguished Alumna 2020 In 2014 alumna Jeanne Novak found herself at Ebola ground...

Allergy Season & Climate Change

With spring around the corner, here’s some bad news for allergy sufferers: Human-caused climate change...

Going with the Flow

Retiring botanist studied how plant’s xylem tissue carries phenomenal amounts of water to tree leaves...

Adam Madsen, BA’06

Adam Madsen Adam Madsen, BA’06 in Biology, was the quintessential student-athlete. To be a student-athlete...

Dalley Cutler

Biology senior Dalley Cutler’s personal hero is Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish activist invited to...

Beckman Scholar

U Biology’s Sonja Sehgal accepted a Beckman Scholarship this past spring to add to the...

Quaid Harding

From beekeeping to biology, Quaid Harding is looking for a buzz. Name: Quaid Harding Major: Biology...

Connor Morgan, BS’19

What does a former Student Body President and Biology alum do after graduating from the...

Sahar Kanishka

Sahar Kanishka Biology student, ACCESS member, College of Science Association for Women in STEM member,...

Crocker Science House

Living a Science Dream Nestled in Officers’ Circle, at the base of the Wasatch foothills...

Ana Rosas

Every student’s story is one-of-a-kind, and Ana Rosas’ is no exception. Rosas’ desire to become...

Alex Acuna

Alexandra “Alex” Acuna doesn’t even remember her native Venezuela, as she arrived in the U.S....

Bridget Phillips

As one of the University of Utah College of Science‘s Ambassadors, sophomore Bridget Phillips regularly appears...

Leslie Sieburth: Associate Dean

The College of Science is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Leslie Sieburth from the...

Associate V.P. for Research

The College of Science is pleased to announce the appointment of Diane Pataki, Ph.D., as...

TreeTop Barbie

When Nalini Nadkarni was a young scientist in the 1980s, she wanted to study the...

Running with Scissors

One could argue that the age of genomes is divided between before CRISPR-Cas9 and after...

Courtship Condos

Playing to the ethic of pursuing pure science, new faculty member Dean Castillo is driven by...

Karl Gordon Lark

Karl Gordon Lark, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Utah, passed away on April...

Biological Invaders

Science Research Initiative Fox Squirrel Biology Research STREAM Denise Dearing, PhD, Distinguished Professor, School of...

Forest Futures

Forest Futures Know the risks of investing in forests. Given the tremendous ability of forests...

Gameil Fouad, BS’93

Gameil Fouad   As an undergraduate student at the U, Gameil Fouad, BS’93, had some...

Julia Bailey-Serres, BS’81

SBS Distinguished Alumna 2020 Julia Bailey-Serres, BS’81, is known for her research on mechanisms of...

Michele Lefebvre, PhD’05

Michele Lefebvre Michele Lefebvre, PhD’05, knows exactly what graduate students in the School of Biological...

Edward Meenen, BS’86

Edward Meenen Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic began last spring, the School of Biological Sciences...

Nancy Parry, BS’63

Nancy Parry When Dr. Nancy Parry, BS’63, was eight years old, she talked her mother...

Lee Roberts, BS’72

  LEE K. ROBERTS   Last year the College of Science celebrated its 50-year anniversary....

Emily Bates, BS’97

It just so happened that the day that the University of Colorado closed down its...

Arie Sitthichai Mobley, BS’00

When Arie Sitthichai Mobley (BS’2000) began teaching at a small liberal arts university in a...

Carol Blair, BA’64

  Carol Blair (BA’64) is a testament to not only the value of providing research...

George Elliott, PhD’81

“Always be open to unforeseen possibilities and opportunities; never be afraid to fail, and learn...

Steve Mimnaugh, BS’73

Most people get to live one life. So far, Steve Mimnaugh has lived at least...

Jason Allen, BS’01

Jason Allen knew early on of the opportunities the state’s flagship research university could offer...

Dale C. Larsen, BS’59

Dale C. LARSEN In the mid-1950s, when Dale C. Larsen (BS’59) first enrolled at the...

Amy Davis, PhD’03

“I enjoy learning about how infectious diseases have shaped human history because I find it...