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What's New in the Biology Department

March 30, 2017


This was a year of accomplishment and change for the Biology Department. We hope you enjoy a look at some of the highlights:

  • In August, we held our second annual scientific retreat at BC's Connors Family Center, beginning with a keynote talk by our colleague in the Chemistry Department, Assistant Professor Abhishek Chatterjee, followed by research talks, a poster session, socializing and—amazingly—a photo of the entire group. Planning for next summer's retreat is in the works—please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring the event or supporting us through a gift to the Biology Department.
  • We instituted an award in memory of longtime faculty member and former chair of the department, Donald J. Plocke, S.J., MA'56, STL'65, with the first annual Fr. Plocke Award going to PhD student Alex Auld, for presenting his research related to muscular disorders.
  • Associate Professor Michelle Meyer received promotion with tenure, and we continued to focus on recruiting talented new faculty, welcoming Assistant Professor of the Practice Jeffrey DaCosta and Assistant Professor Sarah McMenamin to the department. We also welcomed a new associate director of administration & graduate programs, Dina Goodfriend, and a new assistant director of undergraduate studies, Seth Robertson.
  • Our graduate students initiated a summer science series, Science on Tap, inviting speakers from labs in and around Boston.

Our mission as a department is threefold: to teach and advise undergraduates; to conduct independently funded biological and biomedical research; and to train and mentor graduate students embarking on their own scientific careers. For us, these three strands are tightly interwoven: In addition to lectures, our undergraduates gain authentic research experience working with faculty; even as they pursue their own projects, our graduate students help train and advise undergraduates; and everyone—regardless of title, role, or experience level—contributes to the advancement of research and teaching. Our goals are ambitious, and we are very grateful to our friends and alumni for all your support.

Keep in touch, and let us know if you're on campus!


Welkin Johnson
Chair, Biology Department