What's New in the Biology Department
March 30, 2017
I'm halfway through my first year as chair and happy to report that the Biology Department continues to thrive. I hope you enjoy a look at some of the highlights from the past year:
- Our newest faculty are up and running. Assistant Professor of the Practice Chris Kenaley became full-time faculty, and Assistant Professors Tim van Opijnen and Laura Anne Lowery received their first NIH grants.
- Assistant Professor Babak Momeni joined us from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. His research team occupies a new third-floor lab, where they focus on the study of microbial ecology.
- Biology's international presence continues to grow. Tom Chiles, vice provost for research and academic planning and professor, was named to the prestigious Global Commission on Pollution, Health and Development, and Assistant Professor Michelle Meyer was invited to join the advisory board for two RNA databases overseen by the European Bioinformatics Institute. Professor Welkin Johnson traveled to the Sanger Institute in Great Britain as a member of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.
In other news, we've undergone significant renovations, including remodeled department offices, new labs, and a zebrafish facility run by Assistant Professor Celia Shiau.
Last August we held a retreat sponsored in part by donations from Boston-area biotech companies and friends of the department. The day included scientific presentations by faculty, students, and guests. Planning for next summer is in the works—please feel free to contact us if you are interested in sponsoring the event or supporting us through a gift to the Biology Department.
Keep in touch and let us know if you're on campus!
Chair, Biology Department
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