THIS WEEK IN BIOLOGY: April 29-May 3, 2019

Thursday, May 2, 2019

  • GCDB Trainee Seminar: Gary Teeters (Kumar Lab) and Andrew Loffer (Pikaard Lab). 4:00pm. Myers Hall 130.


Friday, May 3, 2019

  • JDGM Seminar: Honors Thesis Defense: “Investigation of smoke alarm in sensory neuron function and morphogenesis.” Katherine Fisher (Tracey Lab). 12:15pm. Jordan Hall 248.


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Undergraduate Student Job Opportunity – Protein Chemistry and Automated X-ray Crystallography.

The Biophysical and Biochemistry Instrumentation Facility (PBIF) jointly with the Macromolecular Crystallography Facility (CAF) are seeking a highly talented and motivated undergraduate student preferably freshmen or sophomore to perform several tasks related to the daily functioning of both facilities such as: automated and manual dispensing of commercial screens, crystallography screenings, sample preparation and measurement, routine checking of instrumentation and general organization in both facilities. Students who aim to pursue either a PhD program or industry position after college are very encouraged to apply.

PBIF and CAF are located into Simon Hall building and they receive hundreds of users monthly. Both are equipped with state-of-art instrumentation facilitating research for many groups in Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry Departments. Experience in the instrumentation is not expected, however motivation and multi-tasks skills are very welcome. Also, some computational skills are preferred such as: Microsoft Office use and Dream Weaver experience. Working hours are completely flexible but a total of 10 hours per week are expected to perform satisfactorily the job. Salary is commensurate with experience.

If you are interested in gaining experience in cutting-edge technologies in Protein Chemistry and Biophysical Instrumentation do not hesitate to apply.  A one-page resume summarizing your skills and motivation should be emailed to Dr. Giovanni Gonzalez-Gutierrez at For further information about the facilities visit the webpages and .


Contact Information:

Giovanni Gonzalez-Gutierrez, Ph.D.

Assistant Scientist

phone: (812) 856-7505

fax:      (812) 855-5710


Seeking Fall 2019 UTA Candidates!

Seeking enthusiastic UTA candidates to help teach BIOL Q201 (Biology for Elementary Education Majors) during the Fall 2019 semester. Q201 is an introductory-level, combination lecture and lab course for future elementary teachers.

Successful candidates should be available to teach co-teach a lab section meeting on Tuesdays 2-5 pm for the entire Spring 2019 semester. You should also have earned at least an A- in BIOL L112, and have an overall GPA of at least 3.25.  Applicants should complete the Biology Department UTA application and personal statement, and also provide an unofficial transcript.

Please contact Prof. Pam Hanratty ( ) for more information and/or to schedule an interview.

AMWA Health Professionals Brunch

The American Medical Women’s Association is hosting a Health Professionals Brunch on April 20 from 11am-1pm in the IMU Georgian Room. The brunch will be with Dr. Dukes and Dr. Woods, who will be giving a talk called “Women in Medicine: Loving the Work We Do!” This event will be with them and fellow medical school students and is a great opportunity to network! For non-AMWA members, the cost of the event is $5. Dress is business casual.

When: Saturday, April 20 from 11am-1pm

Where: IMU Georgian Room

Link to RSVP:

Please contact or with any questions.

Have Your Research Published in IUJUR!

The end of the semester is quickly approaching! The IU Journal of Undergraduate Research (IUJUR) is still accepting submissions across all academic disciplines and may be a perfect avenue for your independent research, capstone project, or senior thesis. Our journal is open-access, published annually, and available online, and we accept submissions in the form of literature reviews, research snapshots, and full-length manuscripts. If you submit by April 14th, you will get review comments before the semester ends. Otherwise, your work will be reviewed on a normal rolling basis throughout the rest of the year. Please consult our submission steps and email if you have any questions!



Full-Time Research Technologist Position Opening — University of Chicago

Attention spring graduates!

The Section of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Chicago is looking for a full-time Research Technologist.

The Research Technologist will be involved in a cutting edge basic and translational cancer research program that utilizes techniques related to genetics, cancer biology, and cellular biology. The technologist will be involved in projects that utilize mouse models, cellular culture models, CRISPR-based gene editing, and next-generation sequencing projects that carry a high potential to ultimately advance cancer care. The day-to-day work will involve techniques related to animal care, tissue culture, and bioinformatics in close collaboration with a group of dedicated colleagues.

The position also may work well for students who are considering graduate school or professional school. The lab is a great mix of people who are passionate about science and medicine.

See a full position description here.