Biology Newsletter Winter 2011


Dear alumni,

(Click here to view BioPathways.)

Welcome to the first electronic edition of BioPathways, the newsletter of the Department of Biological Sciences! This newsletter follows on the heels of the printed magazine Pathways that has been published periodically by the Department. BioPathways is designed to inform our supporters of new initiatives and recent successes in the Department. With this new electronic platform, we hope to share with you news, updates, and information in a much more timely fashion than before, with a focus on short articles that describe the exciting activities and accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and students.

The broad mission of the Department of Biological Sciences is to “advance human and environmental health” through the teaching, research, and outreach that we perform. In this enormously exciting time for the life sciences, our department explores the broad scope of biology including cellular and molecular biology, infectious disease, neuroscience, physiology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Our faculty, students, and staff study biological phenomena using the most cutting-edge approaches, including genomics, advanced imaging, and mathematical modeling. In BioPathways, we will focus especially on biological issues in which we are making a significant contribution with our teaching, research, and outreach. We will highlight the information being generated by our faculty, students, and staff that is being translated into new therapies for human disease, strategies for pathogen control, or solutions to environmental problems, among other applications. The integration of our graduate and undergraduate students into this discovery process will also be a strong feature of our newsletter.

We are excited to share this information with you, and we invite your feedback on this newsletter at any time ( Please also log on to our web site to find out even more about recent events in our department ( We invite you be a part of intellectual community of the Department of Biological Sciences and thank you for your support as we strive to fulfill our mission and advance our vision for the future.

With best regards,


Gary A. Lamberti
Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences