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Our DNA 2023

The official magazine of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah.

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Kona Coffee Lawsuit

Fraud-busts by determining relative concentrations of rare, inorganic minerals in beans.

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SRI Stories: Irvane Nelson

An SRI student's striking pivot from one subject model in health to mosquitoes.

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A study of ‘magic mushrooms’

Psychoactive psilocybin’s evolution in ‘magic mushrooms’

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M.A.D. about Skeeters

A model for targeted, real-work experience connected with academics and research.

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Nematode proteins shed light on infertility

The Rog Lab, shedding light on infertility

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Presidential Scholar Award

Associate Professor of Biology Sophie Caron awarded U Presidential Scholar

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Bio Faculty Retirees

BIology's faculty retirements, 2023

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$7M to build better life sciences workforce

Closing the anticipated workforce gap between bioscience and the workforce.

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From the Lab to Costa Rica

A portable technology that allows for DNA and RNA sequencing wherever you are.

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Mechanisms of plant microbes

Sharing research in order to inform farmers about how best to protect their crops.

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SRI Story: Lauren Wigod

Science Writer Intern Lauren Wigod shares her formative experience in SRI

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SRI Story: Gap-Year Buzz

Science Research Initiative alumna Claudia Wiese is busy as a bee in her "gap year."

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Nadkarni Named NatGeo Explorer at Large

'Tree-top Barbie' gets tapped for canopy work.

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Epiphytes face growing threats

Nalini Nadkarni on the importance of epiphytes and their crucial role in biodiversity

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Fall’s flamboyance: The science of autumn leaves

The science behind Utah's dazzling display of fall trees

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‘Solving’ biology’s most important molecule

Ramakrishnan shares his adventures in the ribosome at Frontiers of Science lecture

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Ribosome adventures

A Nobel laureate visits the U with his tale of his adventures in the ribosome

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Climate-Resilient Western Grid

The U and University of Calgary will establish and co-lead the U.S.-Canada Center

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Whale of a project: Library digitizes 50 years of research

A thankful undergrad helps make possible an endowed chair in biology

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Right Whale Research, Vicky Rowntree

Vicky Rowntree's 50-year legacy of researching right whales off the coast of Argentina

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Andy Thliveris: Remember the Undergrads

A thankful undergrad helps make possible an endowed chair in biology

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A warming climate could make cities even less hospitable to wild mammals

Climate change could worsen the effects of urbanization on native wildlife

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Finalists vie for historic $1.5M Wilkes Climate Prize

Which of 5 candidates would you choose to help fight climate change?

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Spiders and Plants, Richard Clark

Research on how a mite evolves resistance to foreign compounds in plants

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What the inspiration for ‘Treetop Barbie’ thought of the ‘Barbie’ movie

The Barbie movie resonates with a canopy ecologist, aka "Treetop Barbie"

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William Anderegg Receives Blavatnik Award

Anderegg is one of three to receive the 2023 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists

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Nalini Nadkarni: Bright Red Arrow

In a recent podcast, Nadkarni reflects on overcoming her injuries from a 50 foot fall

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Research ties worsening wildfires to bird mortalities

Recent research explores how wildfires affect migratory birds across the Western US

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Bringing Nature to Everyone

Nalini Nadkarni and other scientists gather to discuss the role of nature in healthcare

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Here Comes Trouble Shooting

The “Understory” that is Biology's Karen Zundel, Outstanding Staff Awardee

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Gadusol: A More “E-fish-ent” Sunscreen

Unlocking the Secrets of Zebrafish Sunscreen: Marlen Rice and Jamie Gagnon

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Sandra J. Bromley Scholarship

Providing a Role Model for New Generations

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Nobel winner Capecchi discovers new brain mechanism

Capecchi discovers new brain mechanism

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2023 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentors

Gannet Hallar and Ofer Ron receive accolades

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William Anderegg Receives NSF Waterman Award

William Anderegg is one of three awardees who will receive $1 million for research

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1U4U Initiative

The College of Science 1U4U Projects for 2023

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Revisiting Carbon Offset Protocols

US forests face an unclear future with climate change

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Outstanding Grad Student

Dylan Klure Outstanding Graduate Student Awardee

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Weekend Effect

Large-scale citizen science camera trapping helps assess animal behavioral responses.

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A.A.U. Membership

Utah joins the prestigious Association of American Universities.

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TreeNote

TreeNote is a two minute weekly radio feature from renowned ecologist Dr. Nalini Nadkarni.

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Jessica Venegas

I’ve always wanted to go to the U because that’s where I was born.

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Collaboration of the Cited

Biology’s ‘highly cited’ researchers collaborate in forest science.

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Our DNA 2022

Chan Yul Yoo, Sarmishta Diraviam Kannan, and more.

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Ty Mellor

I think there is a ton of potential for research in aging and disease.

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BioKids

Celebrated childcare and pre-school at the School of Biological Sciences.

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Stephanie VanBeuge

Lockdowns are something that Stephanie VanBeuge BS’17 knows something about.

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Stolen Ivory

What does “bomb carbon” have to do with elephant poaching?

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Hedgehog Signaling

U of U undergrads work to break open the biological mystery of Hedgehog Signaling.

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Ethiopian Abattoirs

The decline of vultures and rise of dogs carries disease risks.

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Visualizing the Infinitesimal

Janet Iwasa and Ofer Rog re-imagine the cellular space occupied by condensates.

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Golden Goose 2022

Toto Olivera's side hustle that transformed neuroscience.

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At-Risk Forests

Bill Anderegg quantifies the risk to forests from climate change along three dimensions.

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College Rankings

U.S. News & World Report University Rankings.

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Crystal Su

Rational engineering of a synthetic insect-bacterial mutualism.

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Ants of the World

Jack Longino sees the world through ants.

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N.S.F. Director

NSF appoints Denise Dearing as Director for the Div. of Integrative Organismal Systems.

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Cellular Crosslinking

Caralyn Flack studies cellular crosslinking in chemoreceptor molecules.

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PAYTON UTZMAN

The future of medicine is molecular.

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Biomimetic Cephalopods

David Peterman is bringing ancient animals back to life—as robots.

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Alex Horn

Major Alex Horn, USAF C-17 Pilot and and Biology alumni.

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Our DNA 2022

Erik Jorgensen, Mark Nielsen, alumni George Seifert, new faculty, and more.

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Living Legend

Baldomero Olivera stamp issued by the Filipino Postal Office.

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Faculty Giving

We are happy to provide a planned gift to the School of Biological Sciences.

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Interactive Forest Maps

Threats impacting forests are increasing nationwide.

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Randy Rasmussen

BioFire Diagnostics began when three college friends came together @ the UofU.

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Thure Cerling Awarded the Rosenblatt

Thure E. Cerling, Distinguished Professor of Biology, is the 2022 recipient of […]

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How Trees Grow

William Anderegg explores the relationship between photosynthesis and cell growth.

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George Seifert

The winningest coach in San Francisco 49er’s history.

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National Academy of Sciences

Erik Jorgensen elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

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Outstanding Post-Doc

Julie Jung has received an Outstanding Post-Doctoral Fellow Award.

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Patrick Newman

It tasted just like black licorice. I remember being struck by that as an 8-year-old.

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Savannah Romney

Savannah Romney is a double-major in biology and math at the University of Utah.

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Audrey Brown

One of the biggest things that helped me was connecting with my loved ones.

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RadioACTive

Listen to ACCESS alums on KRCL radio!

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Galápagos Letters

South American correspondent Nora Clayton reporting from the Galapagos Islands.

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April Christofferson

I love the process of writing, but I write because I’m trying to make a difference.

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Charles Sorenson

My best trait is the ability to hang out with people who are far more capable than I am.

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Sarmishta Kannan

I learned to design investigations and lab protocols to test the hypothesis.

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Of Mice and Monarchs

Are California mice eating monarch butterflies?

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Biological Data

All thinking is done using modeling, whether it’s through language or mathematics.

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Space Plants

Plants are the future of space travel.

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Our DNA 2021

Multi-disciplinary research, graduate student success, and more.

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Fabulous Fungi

SBS faculty Bryn Dentiger explores the possibilities of fungi.

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Darwin’s Pigeon “Enigma”

Darwin's short-beak enigma solved

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Be the Light

American Indian Services students visit campus.

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Birds of the Philippines

What factors put Philippine birds at risk of extinction?

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Todd B. Alder

Tripping the Patent Fantastic

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Nikhil Bhayani

Coming Home to U Biology... and The Pie

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Diana Montgomery

Pythagorean theorem in triangles of a tent

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Sahar Kanishka

Recipient of a 2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award.

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T. Mitchell Aide

From tropical forest conservation to writing a novel

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NAS Membership

Mary Beckerle receives the significant recognition of NAS membership.

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Ace Madsen

Boot camp for medical school.

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Ed Groenhout

Embracing opportunities

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2021 Research Scholar

Karrin Tennant named 2021 College of Science Research Scholar.

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Allergy Season

Climate change is making allergy season last longer.

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Adam Madsen

From Ute quarterback to Medical Practice.

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