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Katia Koelle One of Popular Science's "Brilliant Ten"

September 22, 2014

Popular Science has selected Katia Koelle as one of their "Brilliant Ten," which features ten of the "brightest young minds reshaping...

In Plain English: John Mercer

August 11, 2015

Before going to college John Mercer joined the Navy.  See the world!  Experience life!  After much training John became a reactor operator...

In Plain English: Paul Magwene

August 11, 2015

Deep in the darkest recesses of a cell something determines its fate:  How will it react to food or famine?  Should it grow and divide?  ...

In Plain English: Chantal Reid

June 29, 2015

Chantal Reid is excited about teaching “How Plants Feed and Fuel the World.” She and Jim Siedow have taught it before, but this time is...

In Plain English: Zhen-Ming Pei

June 29, 2015

Zhen-Ming Pei wants to understand how plants sense basic aspects of their environment: salt, temperature and most of all, water. They do...

In Plain English: John Willis

August 11, 2015

John Willis loves figuring things out--specifically, how the wildflower Mimulus adapts to different environments. Colonies adapt to...

In Plain English: Alec Motten

August 11, 2015

Alec Motten is excited about bioluminescence—live creatures that glow in the dark.  The lab for Organismal Diversity gives him an excuse...

In Plain English: Sam Johnson

August 11, 2015

The great scientist Sir Isaac Newton formulated his theory of light, indispensable to using microscopes and telescopes, at Cambridge...

In Plain English: Vikas Bhandawat

August 07, 2015

Vikas Bhandawat chose to study the sense of smell in fruit flies because it is so much simpler than sight. Less than 10,000 neurons! But...

In Plain English: Nina Tang Sherwood

August 11, 2015

Fruit flies live long enough to have degenerative diseases?  Yes, and Nina Sherwood studies one that impairs the ability to walk.  A...

In Plain English: Terry Corliss

August 11, 2015

Terry Corliss started collecting insects at age 5 and progressed to fish, reptiles and eventually microbes.  Now she leads a hard-working...

In Plain English: Meng Chen

August 11, 2015

Meng Chen got his job by accident; that is, he accidentally discovered a mutant while he was a post-doc, and now his lab is defining a new...

In Plain English: Michael Barnes

August 11, 2015

Down behind the French building, far from the mailroom and offices, the labs on upper floors and the subterranean teaching space, there is...

In Plain English: Rytas Vilgalys

June 23, 2015

“It’s a good time to be a mycologist,” says Rytas Vilgalys. Rytas began by learning the edible and inedible mushrooms at his Muka’s (...

In Plain English: Fred Nijhout

August 11, 2015

Animals come in all sizes, but how does an animal know when it’s grown to the right size?  That’s been puzzling Fred Nijhout for a long...

In Plain English: Katia Koelle

August 07, 2015

Like many people today, Katia Koelle is fascinated by ancestry. But she's not tracing her family tree; instead, she uses sophisticated...

In Plain English: Eric Spana

June 29, 2015

Eric Spana just finished running “Nerd Camp”—that is, pSearch, a pre-orientation program introducing freshmen to research. All day for 2...

Crowdfunding for Azolla Fern Research Hits Target

July 02, 2014

A Chinese biotech firm has pushed biology professor Kathleen Pryer and her team over the top in their quest to fund the sequencing of the...

Julian Kimura: Evolutionary Paths of the Sea Urchin and the Sand Dollar

June 30, 2014

Junior Julian Kimura came to Duke with an interest in developmental biology and he found a home on his first day at the university in the...

Mitchell Lee: Student Studies New Processes for Gene Expression

June 27, 2014

Before biologists can understand the role of specific genes, they have to be able to determine whether those genes are "on or off." Howard...

Going Public With Research Funding

June 19, 2014

Oh, the people you will meet when raising money for science. Biology professor Kathleen Pryer knows this now, after first writing an op-...

Johnsen's Book wins PROSE Award

April 01, 2015

Biology professor Sönke Johnsen's second book, "Visual Ecology," has been awarded a PROSE Award by the Association of American Publishers...

Scientists Uncover Navigation System Used by Cancer, Nerve Cells

August 25, 2014

Duke University researchers have found a ”roving detection system” on the surface of cells that may point to new ways of treating diseases...

Lead Author Learned to Love Research at Duke

August 14, 2014

When Bob Cieri first arrived at Duke, he envisioned becoming an ecologist who worked in the field, not someone who’d flourish in a lab....

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