Researchers led by a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) have developed an online platform that enables plant scientists to obtain quantitative phenotype information on the root systems of plants imaged in the field.
Multi-disciplined faculty researchers form nucleus of re-energized research center
Understanding what's killing the world's coral reefs has been the life work of Mark Hay, the Teasley Professor in the School of Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. During the past 35 years, he's made more than 5,000 dives, worked weeks at a time underwater in both the Caribbean and Pacific – and each year spends as much as five months with villagers on the Fiji Islands.
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers combed through more than two dozen studies and did surface measurements for 27 mammals and insects to better understand how animals are able to clean themselves.
Green takes a team approach to teaching with both her students and fellow faculty members.
A single genetic change and some clever geometry show how single-celled organisms can band together to form cooperative multicellular entities.
Scientists are aiming to figure out how fish replace missing teeth and exploit it for humans.
Dr. Chrissy Spencer was appointed an OER Research Fellow for 2015-2016. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation sponsors OER Research Fellowships to do research on the impact of open educational resources on the cost of education, student success outcomes, patterns of usage of OER, and perceptions of OER. The OER Research Fellowships are competitive, and OER grants are administered and supported by the Open Education Group.
In August, Biology Professor Yury Chernoff was awarded a 3 year NSF Molecular and Cellular Biology grant to investigate the control of heritable protein aggregation by ribosome-associated chaperones. The goal of this research is to investigate how physiological changes regulate protein-based inheritance in yeast. Protein-based heritable elements, in particular fungal prions, are novel kind of genetic elements; they produce heritable changes in their host cells without any change in the DNA of their genes.
In August, Biology assistant professor Patrick McGrath was awarded a 5 year, $1.47 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to study the genetic architecture of aging. Most common diseases have a strong but complex genetic component. Understanding their genetic underpinnings will allow for their predictions and suggest targets for their amelioration. McGrath and colleagues will identify how age and epistasis affect traits in model organisms with the goal of identifying principles that can be applied to better predict the genetic variants responsible for human diseases.