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Biology Feature Story

Dr. Carrie Wu, Dr. Kristine Nolin, and three UR students have published "Convergence of glandular trichome morphology and chemistry in two montane monkeyflower (Mimulus, Phrymaceae) species” in the journal Flora.

Bustamante Eguiguren S, H Nguyen, A Caldwell, KA Nolin, and CA Wu. 2020. Convergence of glandular trichome morphology and chemistry in two montane monkeyflower (Mimulus, Phrymaceae) species. Flora 265: 151567.

www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0367253020300311

Faculty Highlights

  • Pierce, Norris, and Undergraduates Published

    B. Daniel Pierce, assistant professor of biology, and Michael Norris, assistant professor of chemistry, along with undergraduate students and former students, published "Mechanistic Analysis of the VirA Sensor Kinase in Agrobacterium tumefaciens Using Structural Models," in Frontiers in Microbiology.

  • Erickson Awarded NIH Grant

    Priscilla Erickson, assistant professor of biology, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health Research Enhancement Award for her research on an invasive fruit fly. Read more.

  • Lookingbill Published

    Todd Lookingbill, associate professor of geography, environmental studies, and biology, published an article, "Connectivity in the Urban Landscape (2015–2020): Who? Where? What? When? Why? and How?" in Current Landscape Ecology Reports.

  • Quintero-Carmona Awarded

    Omar Quintero-Carmona, associate professor of biology received 2021 Prize for Excellence in Inclusivity from The American Society for Cell Biology. Read more.

  • Skromne Published

    Isaac Skromne, assistant professor of biology, and UR undergraduate students and alumni published an article on the development of bone-specific nanocarriers for drug delivery in the publication Drug Delivery.

  • Grayson Receives Department of Agriculture Grant

    Kristine L. Grayson, associate professor of biology, received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for continuing research on the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species of beetle.

  • Jones Earns University Distinguished Educator Award

    Shannon Jones, Director of Biological Instruction, was named a 2021 recipient of the University’s Distinguished Educator Award at the annual Colloquy celebration.

  • Richardson Awarded Grant Jonathan Richardson, assistant professor of biology, received a grant for research on zoonotic disease risk in Richmond's rat population.
  • Sevin Received NSF Grant

    Jennifer Sevin, visiting lecturer of biology, received a grant from the National Science Foundation for a project focused on undergraduate research exploring the wildlife trade. Read more here.

  • Maurakis Receives Grant

    Eugene Maurakis, an evolutionary biologist who specializes in environmental sciences, has received more than $200K in grant support from the National Science Foundation for research on freshwater fishes in Virginia. Read more.

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Biology Feature Stories

  • Pierce, Norris, and Undergraduates Published

    B. Daniel Pierce, assistant professor of biology, and Michael Norris, assistant professor of chemistry, along with undergraduate students and former students, published "Mechanistic Analysis of the VirA Sensor Kinase in Agrobacterium tumefaciens Using Structural Models," in Frontiers in Microbiology.

  • Erickson Awarded NIH Grant

    Priscilla Erickson, assistant professor of biology, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health Research Enhancement Award for her research on an invasive fruit fly. Read more.

  • Lookingbill Published

    Todd Lookingbill, associate professor of geography, environmental studies, and biology, published an article, "Connectivity in the Urban Landscape (2015–2020): Who? Where? What? When? Why? and How?" in Current Landscape Ecology Reports.

  • Quintero-Carmona Awarded

    Omar Quintero-Carmona, associate professor of biology received 2021 Prize for Excellence in Inclusivity from The American Society for Cell Biology. Read more.

  • Skromne Published

    Isaac Skromne, assistant professor of biology, and UR undergraduate students and alumni published an article on the development of bone-specific nanocarriers for drug delivery in the publication Drug Delivery.

  • Grayson Receives Department of Agriculture Grant

    Kristine L. Grayson, associate professor of biology, received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for continuing research on the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species of beetle.

  • Jones Earns University Distinguished Educator Award

    Shannon Jones, Director of Biological Instruction, was named a 2021 recipient of the University’s Distinguished Educator Award at the annual Colloquy celebration.

  • Richardson Awarded Grant Jonathan Richardson, assistant professor of biology, received a grant for research on zoonotic disease risk in Richmond's rat population.

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