Department at Work
Julian Hillyer among 2016 Chancellor Faculty Fellows
Julian Hillyer, associate professor of biological sciences. Hillyer’s research uses state-of-the-art imaging and molecular methodologies to gain a better understanding of mosquito immunology in physiological and organismal contexts with the aim of contributing to the development of novel pest and disease control strategies.» Read More
Dec 18, 2015
How your brain decides blame and punishment—and how it can be changed
New work by researchers at Vanderbilt University and Harvard University confirms that a specific area of the brain, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, is crucial to punishment decisions. Researchers predicted and found that by altering brain activity in this brain area, they could change how subjects punished hypothetical defendants without changing the amount of blame placed on the defendants.» Read More
Dec 18, 2015
Owen Jones elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Jones was selected a AAAS Fellow for his “behavioral, evolutionary, and neuroscience research in law” and for “leadership of nationwide networks of legal scholars, judges, and scientists.”» Read More
Oct 30, 2015
Electric eel: most remarkable predator in animal kingdom
The electric eel may be one of the most remarkable predators in the entire animal kingdom.
That is the conclusion of Kenneth Catania, the Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University, who has spent the last three years studying the way this reclusive South American fish uses electric fields to navigate through the muddy waters of the Amazon and Orinoco basins where it lives, locate hidden prey and stun them into submission.
Oct 30, 2015
New class of DNA repair enzyme discovered
This year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry was given to three scientists who each focused on one piece of the DNA repair puzzle. Now a new study, reported online Oct. 28 in the journal Nature, reports the discovery of a new class of DNA repair enzyme.
Aug 25, 2015
Professor Bordenstein on why the pronoun I is becoming obsolete
In PLOS Biology, Prof. Bordenstein and colleague Kevin Theis highlight that complex multicellular organisms are not and have never been autonomous individuals, but rather are biological units organized from numerous microbial symbionts and their genomes. Bordenstein and Theis lay out ten principles that advance a unified theory of biology for hosts and their microbiomes.
Jul 31, 2015
Professor Tony Capra and student Corinne Simonti's work featured in Nature News article
Professor Tony Capra and student Corinne Simonti's work on the effects of Neanderthal haplotypes in modern humans has been featured in a Nature News article titled, “Neanderthals had outsize effect on human biology" by Ewen Callaway.
Jul 28, 2015
Study reveals how protein helps cells tolerate DNA damage
Professor Brandt Eichman and graduate student Diana Chavez have discovered how the protein HLTF (helicase-like transcription factor) recognizes and remodels stalled replication “forks.” Their findings, reported in the June 18 issue of Molecular Cell, shed light on processes that help cells tolerate DNA and have implications for cancer therapies that target DNA replication and repair.
Jul 2, 2015
Hillyer receives parasitology medal
Julián Hillyer, associate professor of biological sciences at Vanderbilt University, is this year’s recipient of the H.B. Ward Medal given by the American Society of Parasitologists.» Read more
Jun 8, 2015
Vanderbilt receives Gates Foundation grant to develop wristband mosquito repellent device
Vanderbilt University announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Laurence J. Zwiebel, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Molecular Biology and professor of biological sciences and pharmacology, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission.”» Read More
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