Biology in the News
Congratulations to Professor Gina Wimp, who was one of three recipients of the 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Wimp received her award at this year's annual Georgetown College Faculty Convocation, held on January 23rd.
Junior Environmental Biology and Anthropology major Alex O'Neill was recently featured in an article from Georgetown College News regarding the year he is currently spending abroad in Nepal, studying the Nepali language and conducting independent research on parasitic plants. Funded by a Boren scholarship, O'Neill is combining his interests in medicine and ecology by specifically studying the uses, perceptions, and management of medicinal plants.
Congratulations to Vice Provost for Research and Biology Professor Janet Mann, whose extensive research on bottlenose dolphins has now been turned into an award-winning children's book. The Dolphins of Shark Bay (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013) by Pamela S. Turner is part of the publishing company's "Scientists in the Field" series, which seeks to make science more accessible to young readers.
Biology Professor and Department Chair Steven Singer was recently featured in an article from Georgetown University Research News highlighting his lab's ongoing work with the intestinal parasite Giardia, the leading parasitic cause of diarrhea in humans in the United States and around the world. Dr. Singer's lab was the first to successfully manipulate the parasite genetically, and his research team has also demonstrated that antibodies are not required to control the infection, and that intestinal neurons play an important role in parasite elimination.
Biology major Kamil Lupicki (C'14) is featured in a recent article from Georgetown College News that highlights his research with Professor Luciane Cavalli (Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center) on the BP1 homeobox gene and its implications on triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). By potentially identifying this particular gene as a possible target, it is the hope that new drug treatments for this aggressive form of cancer could be developed further down the line. Lupicki plans to continue the work he has done in Professor Cavalli's lab this year as his project for the Research Intensive Senior Experience (RISE).