Biology in the News
Roughly 2.3 million people worldwide live with multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease that affects the central nervous system. Assistant Professor of Biology Jeffrey Huang investigates complex interactions in the brain in the hope of improving therapies for MS patients.
Heidi Elmendorf, an Associate Professor in Georgetown College’s Biology Department, was honored on November 20 as the 2014 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s District of Columbia Professor of the Year. Elmendorf, Director of Undergraduate Studies in biology and Director of Science Education Outreach, is also co-founder of the recent innovative Biology of Global Health major.
Scientists have identified thousands of species of microbes that live in and on the human body. Although microbes can cause disease and infections in humans, they aren’t always harmful. Assistant Professor of Biology Shaun Brinsmade is looking at when and how microbes turn from harmless to harmful.
Amy Battocletti was honored by the National Science Foundation as a grad student-veteran and for her studies in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field. She received an NSF graduate research fellowship to study genetic variation in salt march plants. She is currently a second year graduate student and was previously a aerographer’s mate with the US Navy.
Environmental Biology major Elena Noyes (C '15) has turned her love for the outdoors into a future career in working with environmental non-profits such as the Wilderness Foundation.
Neurobiology major Sarah Waye (C '15) recently received a Goldwater Scholarship. Building on the research she has done in Christopher Albanese’s lab, Waye is looking ahead to doctoral programs in stem cell and regenerative biology, planning a career teaching and conducting research.