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BIOLOGY’S NEW HOME – THE ENGINEERED BIOSYSTEMS BUILDING

On September 11, 2015, Georgia Tech officially opened the Engineered Biosystems Building. The interdisciplinary facility on the north side of campus is home to about 35 faculty researchers, who are aiming to find cures for diseases and make the next bioscience and biotechnology discoveries.

The Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB) opened in a formal dedication ceremony on September 11, 2015. After 55 years in the Cherry-Emerson building, the entire existence of the School of Biology, the School moved into its new home in EBB. This beautiful building houses all of the administrative offices of the School of Biology and 13 Biology faculty researchers, about 1/3 of the Biology faculty. About half of the 35 researchers in the building are from engineering schools and the other half are scientists from the College of Sciences.

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DR. MARK HAY GIVEN THE 2015 LOWELL THOMAS AWARD BY THE EXPLORERS CLUB

 

 

Dr. Mark E. Hay was one of six scientists awarded the 2015 Lowell Thomas award by the Explorers Club. The Explorers Club is an American-based international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research. The club was founded in New York City, and has served as a meeting point for explorers and scientists worldwide, all of whom are united in the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.

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PROFESSOR MARC WEISSBURG NAMED BBISS FELLOW


 

 

In July of 2015, the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems (BBISS) appointed 12 Fellows, one of which is Biology professor Marc Weissburg. This diverse group of faculty and researchers come from all six of Georgia Tech’s Colleges as well as the Georgia Tech Research Institute. The purpose of the Fellows program is to serve as a board of advisors to the BBISS; to foster the culture and community of sustainability researchers, educators...

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NEW RESEARCH BY BIOLOGIST JOHN MCDONALD UNDERSCORES IMPORTANCE OF GENE REGULATION

There are more than 200 diseases called cancer and they all start when abnormal cells in a part of the body divide uncontrollably, growing with reckless abandon. Why these bad cells run amok is the focus of thousands of researchers across the world and billions of dollars. The current consensus among the vast majority of researchers is that most if not all cancers are caused by a change in or damage to genes, collectively called "mutations." But research from two Georgia Institute of Technology cancer geneticists may alter the prevailing view.

"With the exception of the few things that we know are related to predisposition, the consensus view now is that cancer is due to ‘de novo’ mutations," says John McDonald, professor of Biology and director of the Integrated Cancer Research Center (ICRC) at the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience. The term "mutation" is typically used to encompass a broad spectrum on genomic level lesions ranging from small changes in the single letter DNA code (point mutations) to large chromosomal deletions and rearrangements (structural mutations) that can adversely affect the architecture and function of cells.
 
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UNDERGRADUATES APPLAUD FACULTY IN THE SCHOOL OF BIOLOGY


 
The faculty in the School of Biology at Georgia Tech are not just committed to their research, they are also heavily invested in the success of our students. Whether teaching in a classroom setting or in a lab setting our faculty are committed to giving our students the experience they need to succeed in the careers of their choice. Over the past year we have received various testimonies from students and recent graduates about the impact that our faculty have had on their career aspirations. Elizabeth Dinh is a School of Biology alumna who just finished her first year in PA school. She stated the following about Dr. Linda Green:

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Benjamin Preston, Ph.D.

Benjamin Preston received his PhD in environmental biology from Georgia Tech in 2000. Following graduation, he spent a year with the Carolina Environmental Program at UNC-Chapel Hill before entering the environmental policy arena as the Senior Research Fellow for Science & Impacts at the Pew Center on Global Change in Arlington, Virginia. In 2005 he headed down under to work as a climate impact research scientist with Australia’s CSIRO in the Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research. He returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take a position in the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he also acts as the Deputy Director of ORNL’s Climate Change Science Institute.

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GEORGIA TECH ANNOUNCES NEW GRADUATE PROGRAM IN QUANTITATIVE BIOSCIENCES: FROM MOLECULES, CELLS, AND ORGANISMS TO ECOSYSTEMS



 
The Georgia Institute of Technology announces a new doctoral program that brings the physical, mathematical, and biological sciences together in one Ph.D. The Quantitative Biosciences Graduate Program (QBioS) is now accepting applications from students who want to enter a rapidly emerging field working at the leading edge of research that spans biological scales from molecules to organisms to ecosystems.

The mission of the program is to educate students and advance research in quantitative biosciences, enabling the discovery of scientific principles underlying the dynamics, structure, and function of living systems.

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FALL 2015 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Spend a semester working on food-borne bacteria at the CDC? Analyze handedness of the giant pandas at Zoo Atlanta? Biology majors are engaged in these projects and many more through the Biology Internship Program. Thirty-five students have been employed or volunteered in off-campus experiential learning opportunities over the past 1.5 years. Our internship offerings include Atlanta Botanical Garden, Sustainable Aquatics, Intellimedix, Caprico Biotechnologies, GT Environmental Health & Safety, and GT Occupational Safety & Health. 

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Meredith Smith, third-year biology major
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