Two proposals by Georgia Tech researchers, Dr. Frank Stewart (Assistant Professor, School of Biology) and Dr. Kostas Konstantinidis (Carlton S. Wilder Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; joint appointment in Biology; http://enve-omics.gatech.edu), have been selected for the Department of Energy's 2014 Community Science Program.
Elizabeth McMillan, working in the Kubanek Lab, was awarded the top presentation award at the Undergraduate Research Kaleidoscope event this week. Elizabeth studies chemically mediated competition specific to the red tide, Karenia brevis.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a 5 year grant of approximately $2.0 million to fund a collaborative group of scientists: Mark Young (PI, Montana State), Joshua Weitz (Co-PI, Georgia Tech), and Rachel Whitaker (Co-PI, UIUC) to study the role of viruses in shaping genetic, taxonomic and functional diversity.
Researchers have discovered the details of how cells repair breaks in both strands of DNA, a potentially devastating kind of DNA damage.
Welcome to a new year at Georgia Tech. Now that you’re back, it’s time to start thinking about studying abroad. Yes, you just got here, but since you’re at Georgia Tech, that means you think ahead and plan, so come to the open house at the Office of International Education this Wednesday from 11 am - 1 pm on the second floor of the Savant Building and start planning to see the world.
Patrick McGrath, an Assistant Professor in the School of Biology, has been chosen as an Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging (http://www.ellisonfoundation.org/program/aging-new-scholar) to study how complex genetics can influence the aging process in the small nematode C. elegans. Dr. McGrath joined the School of Biology in 2012.
The bacterium Vibrio cholerae annually causes millions of cases of the often fatal disease cholera, typically in regions where access to clean drinking water is limited. V. cholerae can be introduced into water by infected individuals who can sometimes be asymptomatic, however this microbe is also a natural inhabitant of aquatic waters.
By studying rapidly evolving bacteria as they diversify and compete under varying environmental conditions, researchers have shown that temporal niches are important to maintaining biodiversity in natural systems. The research is believed to be the first experimental demonstration of temporal niche dynamics promoting biodiversity over evolutionary time scales.
Gross-chromosomal rearrangements are a hallmark of cancers and hereditary diseases. On the other hand, these events can trigger the generation of polymorphisms and lead to evolution. The driving force behind chromosomal rearrangements is DNA double strand breaks.