Graduate Student Spotlight: Kushan Gunawardhana

This Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Kushan Gunawardhana.¬† A graduate student in Dr. Paul Hardin’s lab, Kushan generated the first adult mutants of a vrille lethal gene mutant in Drosophila, and works in the Biological Clocks field for his research.

I grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka (the tiny pearl of the Indian Ocean). My high school days was where I developed a strong interest towards biology and from there on continued to pursue a career in it. I have a BS in Bioinformatics from University of Colombo in Sri Lanka, during which I worked with Arabidopsis […]

2017-09-28T08:46:34+00:00September 28th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , |

SPRC 2017

The Biology Department hosted the annual Student & Postdoc Research Conference, or SPRC, on September 23rd, 2017. Students and Postdoc’s had the opportunity to present their research with Posters, DataBlitzes, and 8 selected Talks for their colleagues.


The first Talks session began with the first 4 speakers, with MC Jennifer Jung.

Marko Baloh, “Determining the role of the spoVAD and spoVAE genes in DPA release during Clostridium difficile spore germination.”

Sarah Beagle, “A physiological role for the kch K+ channel in E. coli.”


2017-09-26T10:01:56+00:00September 26th, 2017|Categories: News|

Graduate Student Spotlight: Allison Wilkes

This Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Allison Wilkes, a Marine Biology student who studies marine fish and their endocrinology.  Allison uses red drum as a model for the thyroid endocrine system to learn how they obtain iodine from their environment.

Allison is a PhD candidate in the Marine Biology Interdisciplinary Program and is housed in the Department of Biology. She has a B.A. from the University of Tennessee and a M.S. from the University of West Florida. Her previous research has included fruit fly genetics, echinoderm bioluminescent physiology, […]

2017-09-18T09:59:30+00:00September 8th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , |

3rd Annual Department of Biology Kickball Game

The 3rd Annual Department of Biology Kickball game was held on September 1st, 2017 at Tanglewood Park.

The Faculty and Staff team, the “Mighty Chondria” vs the Graduate Student team, the “Chloro Blasts” faced off in the annual competition for bragging rights to the Kickball Championship.

The cookout commenced at 6pm, with Grill masters Will Bailey and Vick Valero serving up burgers and hotdogs.

Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students mingled and ate before the game.


2017-09-06T12:38:00+00:00September 6th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |