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Duke Welcomes Professor Ke Dong, Insect Neurotoxicologist

November 20, 2020

New Duke biology professor Ke Dong is drawn to creeping, crawling, swarming pests that make most people squirm: invincible cockroaches and...

Duke Welcomes Professor Sheng-Yang He, Plant Infectious Disease Expert

November 20, 2020

When Sheng-Yang He walks by a field of wheat, or beans, he doesn’t just see a farm. He sees a battlefield. However, in this conflict, it's...

Three Duke Biology Faculty Listed in "Most Cited" List.

November 20, 2020

Duke’s leading scholars are once again prominently featured on the annual list of “Most Highly Cited Researchers.” Thirty-seven Duke...

A friendly zoom-bombing! The Bio department celebrates Dr. David McClay 48 years inspiring students

November 12, 2020

Forty-eight years. That’s more than twice the average age of your typical Duke undergrad. That is how long Dr. David McClay, an Arthur S....

Collaborative Classwork Reveals 100-Year-Old Secret in Fruit Flies

November 05, 2020

Drosophila, the fruit fly, has been a staple of undergraduate education in Biology for a long time. More and more, however,...

Mantis shrimp will fight to keep their burrows, even if they're not the perfect home

October 30, 2020

Patek lab alum Patrick Green (currently a postdoc at the University of Exeter) and PhD candidate Jacob Harrison just published in Animal...

Dull-Colored Birds Don't See The World Like Colorful Birds Do

October 30, 2020

According to a new Duke University study, the ability to mentally categorize colors is not a universal avian attribute, and dull-colored...

How do Microbes Grow? Turns Out It’s Not How We Think

October 27, 2020

Quantifying how microbes grow is fundamental to areas such as genetics, bioengineering, and food safety. In a collaboration between the...

Female swamp sparrow don't care about male age

October 26, 2020

PhD Student Matthew Zipple, Susan Peters, Bill Searcy (U. Miami), and Steve Nowicki found that female swamp sparrows do not show any...

News Shorts!

October 20, 2020

Check this out!  The Gibert Lab has contributed video of a protist eating a smaller protist to Duke Today.  Euplotus sp. creates...

'Silent' Mutations Gave the Coronavirus an Evolutionary Edge

October 26, 2020

DURHAM, N.C. -- We know that the coronavirus behind the COVID-19 crisis lived harmlessly in bats and other wildlife before it jumped the...

Dong Lab Collaboration Brings Big Results

October 09, 2020

“Salicylic acid (SA) is a plant hormone that is critical for resistance to pathogens.”  So begins a pivotal new study by Xinnian Dong’s lab...

Masa Onishi Finds a Surprise in Cell Division Study

September 30, 2020

Professor Masayuki Onishi has published “Cleavage-furrow formation without F-actin in Chlamydomonas” (PNAS Aug. 4, 2020. 117 (31...

News Shorts!

September 29, 2020

Congratulations to Professor Gustavo Silva! Gustavo's lab has been awarded a 5-year NIH R35 MIRA grant to study the roles of ubiquitin in...

Raul Zavaliev leads team to reveal enzymatic function of NPR1

September 11, 2020

The journal Cell has published a new study by Dr. Raul Zavaliev and colleagues in Xinnian Dong’s group. Formation of NPR1...

It’s Not Easy Being Green

September 02, 2020

Take it from Carlos Taboada, postdoc in the Johnson Lab.  He and his collaborators have published a deep dive into frogs’ green coloration...

BioGrad Alex Davis Illuminates the Midnight Zone

August 31, 2020

Davis, with colleagues in the Johnsen Lab and the Smithsonian, trawled Monterey Bay and the Gulf of Mexico for fish living a mile deep,...

The Oaks Rule, says Paul Manos

August 14, 2020

How did the oaks come to rule North American forests?  As champions of diversification and hybridization the oaks both became essential...

Sherwood Lab Publishes on Basement Membranes

July 30, 2020

With such a prosaic name, you’d think basement membranes were no big deal-a stable substrate for cellular activity.  But the Sherwood lab...

Alex Davis and Sonke Johnson on the Hatchetfish

July 20, 2020

Biograd Alex Davis and Sonke Johnson et al. have published “Evidence That Eye-Facing Photophores Serve as a Reference for...

Volkan Lab Publishes in Science Advances

June 15, 2020

Bio Grad Songhui Zhao, Neurobiology grad Bryson Deanhardt (co-first authors), and Professor Pelin Volkan have published significant...

How a Master Teacher Transitions to Teaching Online

May 21, 2020

Like many Duke faculty Sherryl Broverman was forced to convert her class “AIDS and Other Emerging Diseases” from a large lecture addressing...

Lauren Smith and Steve Haase Publish Major Finding on Malaria

May 15, 2020

Biograd Lauren Smith and Associate Professor Steve Haase have published a new paper in Science, "An Intrinsic Oscillator Drives the...

Congratulations Class of 2020!

May 11, 2020

The Faculty and Staff of the Department of Biology offer their heartiest congratulations to the Class of 2020.  One hundred sixty-four...

Nijhout Sand Table Makes Its Own Art!

May 01, 2020

Everybody gets a little stir-crazy in lockdown, and Duke faculty are no exception.  Professor Fred Nijhout used his enforced isolation to...

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