At their March Meeting, the Biological Undergraduate Society (BUS) grew their own art with science! Which Agar Art is your favorite?

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Emma Tillison is a sophomore who has always had an interest in research and working in a lab. She found Dr. Edwin Antony on the Department of Biological Science's website and was interested in his work, so she scheduled a meeting with him, where he gave her the opportunity to work in his lab.

In Dr. Antony’s lab, Emma is studying Rad52, a protein involved in DNA repair. She has calculated scRad52’s site size and has also generated fluorescently labeled Rad52 that is upon binding to DNA. Emma has plans to further characterize this protein to determine how Rad52 functions in DNA repair in the presence of other critical DNA repair proteins.

Emma says that through working in the department she has learned life skills such as time management, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication, along with learning many procedures essential to biophysics and enzymology, as well as how to analyze data.

The advice Emma has for any other student looking to get involved is not to be afraid! “I had no lab experience whatsoever, but I came into the lab every day ready to work hard and learn… if you try your best and learn from your mistakes, you grow into a skilled researcher.”

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Sea Urchin Development Lab
Last week, our graduate students hosted a new event - Elevator Talks. The goal was for each student to introduce themselves and give a quick synopsis of their research in under a minute and a half. The event was "judged" by our summer research program students, and they determined that Carmela was the winner! Watch her winning Elevator Talk below:
In this movie, you can see yeast cells stained to show mitochondrial DNA (red) and nuclear DNA (blue). Brian Mikeworth, the lab manager in Dr. Petrella’s lab, assisted the Experimental Cell Biology students with imaging the cells on the new Leica microscope.

To anyone considering research, Mallory says, “DO IT and do it NOW. You may be surprised by what “lowers your activation energy” for research and sparks a reaction!”

Mallory Mews is a senior in Dr. St. Maurice’s lab, who got her start in research through Marquette’s MED3 program. She is currently testing different “drugs” (small molecules) made by the Chemistry Department to see whether they have any effect, specifically an inhibitory effect, on the enzyme pyruvate carboxylas...e. Mallory says that her favorite part of the Biology Department is the diversity, “I work with protein, the lab down the hall studies resistant bacteria, and upstairs somewhere people work with worms. There is so much promise that comes from this building regarding the future of science”

Through her experience, Mallory has learned that things don’t always go the way you plan them to, and sometimes it takes a few hours of confusion and frustration in order to personally experience growth as a researcher, a scientist, and a person in general.

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BUS had a great time this weekend learning a little more about the practical aspects of biology on a tour of Sprecher Brewery!

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Anya Koza is a Biochemistry major, who works in the in the St. Maurice Lab, exploring protein multimerization in the mitochondrial protein, pyruvate carboxylase. The continuous support of the community, and especially the support from the faculty in all their students' endeavors to find answers to the question of “why”, are some of the reasons why Anya enjoys working in the department so much.

She says that it is truly rewarding to think about the lasting contribution her will make to the lab after she graduates and her contribution to science on a larger scale - all of which could not have been done without the support of the Biology Department.

Her favorite moments from her research experience have been when experiments finally generate answers to her questions. However, she has learned that the day-to-day reality of research in the lab is that experiments never go according to plan. She says that although research has developed her creative and critical thinking skills, research has also taught her the importance of persistence.

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Mitch Oddo is a sophomore from Wheaton, Illinois, and is double majoring in Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies. He currently works in Dr. Anita Manogaran's lab, where he is researching the effects of DMSO in regards to the curing of prions in yeast, as well as observing the effect that generation time has on the survival of yeast cells under environmental stress.

Mitch says his favorite part about working in the biology department is having the opportunity to gain professional experience, while being able to work alongside a great mentor and inspiring lab partners.

To other Biology students who are looking to get involved in research Mitch suggests applying for the BIOL1101 course, and to talking to biology professors with whom they are familiar. You never know if a professor needs help in their lab unless you ask!

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Congrats to the Blumenthal Lab on their recent publication!

Normal gut function is vital for animal survival, and deviations from such function can contribute to malnutrition, inflammation, increased susceptibility to pathogens, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, and cancer. In the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, mutation of the gene drop-dead (drd) re...

Dr. Stefan Schnitzer was on WUWM's Lake Effect this week discussing his research and how climate change is affecting tropical environments.

Wednesday on Lake Effect : Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn looks back at his career, as he prepares to retire this month after ten years on the job. Then,

Have you been following Dr. Michael Schlappi's endeavors to grow rice in Wisconsin? From the lab, to paddies on the roof of Wehr Life Sciences, to the first ever production style harvest in the state of Wisconsin - now's your chance to buy some of this history-making rice for yourself. Dr. Schlappi will be selling Wisconsin Red Stone Rice at the Winter Frolic event at Mequon Nature Preserve this Saturday, Feb. 3rd.

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Tired of working with yeast in the lab or learning about fermentation in the classroom? Students and professors come join BUS for some science-related fun in the city on Feb 24th!

Sprecher Brewery Tour prices: $8 (21+) and $5 (under 21).

Money is due to the WLS office 109 no later than Feb 20th. ...
-No refunds will be given to those who pay and don't attend the tour.
-Full refund appeals can be discussed with WLS office.

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Sat 2:00 PM CSTSprecher Brewing Co.West Allis, WI
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“This is really outside what we think is ‘normal’ meiosis,” researcher Tony Gamble from Marquette University in Wisconsin, told me in an email. “I’m excited about the paper because it shows just how incredibly weird sex chromosomes can be. Just when you think you’ve seen the weirdest thing imaginable—like the platypus and its 5X5Y system—along comes something even weirder. It also suggest this meiotic chain system may not be as rare as we think and should encourage scientists to explore sex chromosomes in a greater diversity of species.”

You may have learned in school that humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes: 22 “autosomes” and their partners, which contain pretty much the same genes and in the same order, plus one pair of sex chromosomes that lead to the differentiation in sexual traits. But enough about us. The Amazonian Lepto...

Marquette University students worked together with local engineers and families in rural communities outside Jinotega, Nicaragua to build sanitation stations.

The Helen Way Klingler College of Arts & Sciences sponsored its first-ever Global Brigades trip, a Public Health Brigade, to Nicaragua in…

Two of our Biological Sciences majors, Cristofer Borghese and Danielle McCloskey Suarez, along with fellow students, Paola Canting-Reyes, Alex Martinez Pellot, and Irene Rojo Arisso were recognized Wednesday as Marquette Difference Makers at President Lovell's annual address for their relief efforts following Hurrican Maria’s devastation to Puerto Rico. The group helped raise more than $9,000 and 7,000 pounds of food and supplies for the people of the U.S. island territory, which is still without power and water.

Dr. Michael Schlappi recognized as "Difference Maker"

President Michael R. Lovell on Wednesday, Jan. 17, continued his tradition of honoring members of the Marquette community with “Difference Maker” awards to kick off his annual President’s Address. Difference Maker awards are presented to individuals or groups who have gone above and beyond to ...

Dr. Tony Gamble and his lab just published a new paper!

Sex-specific genetic markers identified using restriction site-associated DNA sequencing, or RADseq, permits the recognition of a species’ sex chromosome system in cases where standard cytogenetic methods fail. Thus, species with male-specific RAD markers have an XX/XY sex chromosome system (male ...