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Our faculty and students are creating new knowledge every day and driving solutions to some of our greatest challenges. You are now viewing a collection of discoveries at the College of Biological Sciences.

Message the Midwife

CBS alum Katelyn Pastick was part of the team that took silver in the Institute on the Environment's 2016 Acara Challenge for text messaging service for pregnant women in Uganda.
Katelyn Pastick


Up in the Air

As results from aerial analyses of biodiversity roll in, Cedar Creek researchers set their sights even higher, participating in a lofty proposal to launch a satellite that can do the job on a global scale.
A remotely sensed spectral image of the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve prairie grassland biodiversity experiment (BioDIV).</body></html>

Virus' DNA-Hijacking Ability Explained

Surprising results solve a decades-old puzzle and open door to exploring new therapies to combat HIV-1, retrovirus-based cancers.
Hideki Aihara, Ke Shi and Zhiqi Yin
Hideki Aihara, Ke Shi and Zhiqi Yin 

Retroviruses are cagy buggers.

A Long-Standing Cellular Puzzle, Solved

New faculty member Charalampos Babis Kalodimos discovers why the drug cyclosporine improves outcomes for cancer patients.
Charalampos Babis Kalodimos

Kalodimos in the University's Structural Biology Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility.

Enzyme Linked to Therapy's Effectiveness

Harris lab finds resistance to tamoxifen breast cancer therapy may be driven by APOBEC3B.

Responses to tamoxifen were significantly prolonged by reducing levels of the enzyme APOBEC3B in preclinical models of estrogen receptor–positive breast cancer and significantly shortened by increasing levels of APOBEC3B, suggesting that APOBEC3B drives resistance to tamoxifen, according to data presented at the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held Dec.

Hibernation and Heart Health

Tim Griffin and colleagues use multiomics to study how ground squirrels’ hearts adapt to hibernation.

Ground squirrel

“We had a lot of genomic data — transcribed RNA within these hibernating animals — pointing to genes that are turned off and on during hibernation."

Tim Griffin, director of the Center for P