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    Water Lilies at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

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    Graduate and Undergraduate Students working in Microbiology Research lab

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    Tagged male Cyclura carinata, Turks & Caicos

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    Tagged Heliconius erato hybrid in French Guiana

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    New Genus of Eukaryotic Microbe: Pygsuia biforma

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Departmental News

(2016-04-22) Chathurani Ranathunge Receives Oral Presentation Award - Biological Sciences Ph.D. student, Chathurani Ranathunge, received 2nd Place in Oral Presentation at the MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society Annual Meeting March 3-5, 2016, in Memphis, Tennessee. Ms. Ranathunge's presentation was entitled, "Differentially Expressed Genes between Latitudinal Populations of Sunflowers are Enriched with Microsatellites." Her research is performed under the direction of Dr. Mark Welch, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences.

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(2016-04-22) Jonathan Belanich Inducted to Graduate School Honors Hall of Fame - Congratulations to Jonathan Belanich, M.A. student in Anthropology (Advisor: Dr. Molly Zuckerman) and Ph.D. student in Biological Sciences (Advisor: Dr. Heather Jordan), was recently inducted to the Graduate School Honors 2016 Hall of Fame, along with 7 others. Jonathan conducted research in Dr. Jordan's lab. Follow the link for the rest of the story... - external link

(2016-04-22) Jackson Coole and Jaslyn Langford Awarded Spring 2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium Presentation Awards - Jackson Coole (right) and Jaslyn Langford (left) earned first and third place awards, respectively, for their presentations at MSU's Spring 2016 Shackhouls Honors Undergraduate Research Symposium and Community Engagement Symposium. Both students presented posters of their research being conducted in the lab of Dr. James A. Stewart, Jr., Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences. Mr. Coole's presentation was entitled, "Persistant Organic Pollutants Increase Rage Signaling and Oxidative Stress in Diabetic Hearts," and Ms. Langford's presentation was entitled, " Rage Signaling is Intersected by RAP1A Crosstalk in Fibroblasts in Diabetic Hearts." Congratulations to both these students for their outstanding work!

(2016-04-07) Dr. Kaplan Receives A&S Teaching Award - Dr. Evan Kaplan, Instructor, Biological Sciences recently received the College of Arts & Sciences Natural and Physical Sciences Teaching Award. Congratulations, Dr. Kaplan!

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The Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University is home to 25 instructors and tenure-track faculty and more than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students. We offer three B.S. degrees (Biological Sciences, Microbiology, and Medical Technology) and three graduate degrees (an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in General Biology, a distance program for science teachers).

Research in the Department represents the breadth of the Biological Sciences, including work in Cellular and Developmental Biology, Microbiology, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Our faculty have received research funding from all major federal funding agencies, as well as many state and private funding sources, and we have nationally respected faculty in each of the major research disciplines named above.

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