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Welte and Portman elected as 2023 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

April 19, 2024

Formed in 1848, AAAS is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and the publi ...

Kejia Zhang awarded a University of Rochester Agnes M. Messersmith and George Messersmith Dissertation Fellowship for 2024-2025

April 15, 2024

Kejia Zhang (PhD student, Fu Lab) has been awarded a University of Rochester Agnes M. Messersmith an ...

Doug Portman finds that male roundworms are picky when choosing a mate

March 15, 2024

“We have been aware of many of the mating cues this species uses, but this is the first time w ...

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Student in a lab coat holds a dish plant-derived material printed on media and made with 3d bioprinting.

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Printing plant-based pharmaceuticals—without plants

Rochester undergraduates developed a 3D-bioprinting system to replicate chemicals found in plants, including those endangered by climate change.

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The Department of Biology is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe it is our responsibility to redress inequities present in our department and to foster a community in which every member feels welcome, safe, and appreciated.

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Logan Edvalson, Graduate Student


I study how meiotic drives often evolve to target parts of the genome that have typically been labeled as “nonfunctional”...

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