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Full time non-tenure track faculty position available

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Adjunct Faculty Positions

Adjunct Faculty Positions Undergraduate Biology Laboratory Courses Department of Biology Temple University The Department of Biology at Temple University seeks qualified individuals for its undergraduate biology laboratory courses. Teaching responsibilities primarily would involve undergraduate laboratory-based

Robert Sanders appointed department Vice Chair

Professor Robert Sanders was recently appointed Departmental Vice Chair.  Dr. Sanders is an aquatic ecologist and been an active member of the department for nearly two decades.  His appointment is effective, July 1, 2015.

Kyoto Prize winner and NAS member Masatoshi Nei joins the Department of Biology

The Department of Biology welcomes Laura Carnell Professor Masatoshi Nei as a new Temple faculty member!

Fall 2015 Issue: Biology Update

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Biology Laboratory Manager-Instructor

Biology Laboratory Manager-Instructor Department of Biology Temple University As part of a multiyear plan to enhance laboratory-based undergraduate instruction in the biological sciences, the Department of Biology at Temple University seeks a multi-talented individual as

Faculty focus on marine biologist, Dr. Erik Cordes

Check out a brief video on faculty member, Dr. Erik Cordes, on Temple’s official YouTube channel. It’s also posted on www.temple.edu (under the Faculty Focus segment) and is listed in www.temple.edu/news https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvSeZqIHb5k

Faculty positions in genomics

Genomics faculty positions (Assistant/Associate Professors) Department of Biology Temple University Philadelphia PA The Department of Biology at Temple University invites applications for tenured and tenure-track faculty positions in genomics. We are interested in early and

Biology welcomes new faculty and iGEM (Institute of Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine)

The Department of Biology and the College of Science and Technology is proud to announce our new Institute of Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine, headed by Dr. Sudhir Kumar.  Read more about this exciting new initiative:

Inaugural issue of “Biology Update”, our department’s newsletter

  Welcome to the inaugural issue of Biology Update, the Department of Biology biannual newsletter. Click here to view the latest issue of Biology Update

Biology welcomes new faculty hires, Drs. Jody Hey, Rachel Spigler and Susan Patterson

The Department of Biology is in a growth phase as we have hired three new Professors during this past year. Evolutionary geneticist, Dr. Jody Hey.  Dr. Hey recently joined us from Rutgers University as a

Biology faculty recognized at annual CST awards showcase

A hearty congratulations to the Biology faculty who received 2013 College of Science & Technology Teaching awards!   Jacqueline C. Tanaka, Associate Professor The Italia-Eire Foundation Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award   Rhonda Nicholson,

Biology Professor hosts summer Urban Apps & Maps Studios for Philadelphia high school students

With graduate student mentor, Kristin Almskaar (BioAnthropology), and undergraduate mentor, Gabriel Pronesti (TUteach-Biology), Dr. Rob Kulathinal (Assistant Professor, Biology) led a group of six Philadelphia high school students to design a smart phone app to

Congratulations to doctoral students, Kim Reuter and Sam Georgian, recipients of NSF GROW program grant

Congratulations to Kim Reuter and Sam Georgian, two second year doctoral students on receiving the very first GROW fellowships! More about NSF’s GROW program: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13022/nsf13022.jsp The fellowship announcement was reported on in Science: http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/12/nsf-graduate-fellows-get-chance-.html Kim

Biology major wins Library Prize on Sustainability and the Environment

Ms. Andrea Gudiel, an undergraduate majoring in biology and studying in Dr. Brent Sewall’s laboratory, has won the Grand Prize in this year’s Library Prize on Sustainability and the Environment. This is a prestigious award

TEDxTempleU features three professors from Biology

The next TEDx event in Philly will take place on April 20th at Temple University.  Three professors from the Department of Biology, Drs. Erik Cordes, Tonia Hsieh, and Rob Kulathinal, have been chosen to present

Dr. Greg Smutzer awarded Faculty Senate Seed Grant

Greg Smutzer was awarded a grant from the Faculty Senate Seed Money Fund, for his project entitled, “The Development of Capsaicin Inhibitors”.

Research from the Freestone lab featured in Nature’s “Research Highlights”

Recent research from Dr. Amy Freestone’s lab is featured as a Research Highlight in this week’s Nature. Their paper, currently in press at Ecology, provides evidence that food webs in the tropics are more diverse and interconnected

Doctoral student, Erin Graham, interviewed in New Scientist about salamander symbiosis

Erin Graham, doctoral student from Dr. Bob Sander’s lab, was interviewed by New Scientist about her publication on an interesting case of algal- salamander symbiosis in Journal of Experimental Biology.  Please see the link below:

Students flock to Meet-the-Profs event

The undergraduate Biology Society and the Department of Biology jointly hosted this academic year’s first “Meet-the-Profs” event on Wednesday, October 24th from 4pm – 5pm in Tuttleman Rm 105.  The 1 hour event included a

New additions to microscopy facilities supports research in Biology

        The Bio-Life Sciences microscopy facility includes a confocal microscope, which allows researchers to reconstruct three-dimensional structures from the obtained images, and a specialized “table top field emission” scanning electron microscope. http://news.temple.edu/templetoday/2012-09-05

Dr. Amy Freestone at Science on Tap at National Mechanics Bar

Monday, September 10, 2012 6:00 PM  “Takeover by Alien Invaders: Invasive Species in our Oceans” With Amy Freestone, PhD., Assistant Professor of Biology, Temple University Although not from space, alien invaders are appearing in our ecosystems at

Biology welcomes newest faculty member, Dr. Weidong Yang

We would like to welcome our newest Associate Professor, Dr. Weidong Yang, to the department. Dr. Yang comes to us from the Department of Biological Sciences and Center for Photochemical Sciences at Bowling Green University

New published books from our faculty

  “Rapidly Evolving Genes and Genetic Systems” Oxford University Press, 2012 Eds: Rama S. Singh, Jianping Xu, Rob J. Kulathinal   “Ribonucleases” Springer Series on Nucleic Acids and Molecular Biology (vol. 26) Springer-Verlag Berlin-Heidelberg, 2011

Dr. Shohreh Amini is bestowed prestigious Temple University “Great Teacher Award”

Our very own, Dr. Shohreh Amini, has been awarded Temple University’s highest teaching honor, the “Great Teacher Award”. Dr. Amini holds professorships in Biology and Neuroscience, is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate programs

Record crowds at the 2012 Spring Undergraduate Research Poster Session

This year’s Spring Undergraduate Research Poster Session  was held on Friday, April 27, 2012 between 2:00 -  4:00 PM on the 3rd floor of the Bio-life Sciences Bldg.  A record fifty-two Biology seniors presented their work

New Master in Biotechnology (MS Biotech) degree approved!

Our exciting new Masters in Biotechnology program is approved!  Classes start this fall in September 2012, so don’t miss out on registration. https://bio.cst.temple.edu/biotech/ The development of new technologies based on living organisms and their products

Biology undergraduate, Haley Gillis, works with the Philadelphia Zoo to reduce migratory bird collisions

Haley Gillis, a Biology senior, has been working with the Conservation Department at the Philadelphia Zoo to study and prevent migratory bird collisions on glass panes in large buildings.  Click on the following link to

Dr. Tonia Hsieh’s research featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Professor Tonia Hsieh’s biomechanics research is highlighted in a recent Philly Inquirer article entitled, “Learning from lizards”.  Check out the article below: http://articles.philly.com/2012-01-09/news/30607810_1_jesus-lizard-brown-basilisk-biologist-studies

Tribute to Professor Emeritus, Dr. Thomas Punnett

An lovely tribute article about a former faculty member in Biology. Tribute ToThomas R Punnett (2011)

New undergraduate and graduate courses announced

We will be offering new courses, this year, in Comparative Biomechanics (Biology 3337; taught by Dr. Tonia Hsieh) and Evolutionary Developmental Biology (taught by Dr. Gianfranco Bellipanni).  We are also offering special topics in “Contemporary

Faculty papers in Science, Nature Communications, Nature Methods and Ecology

Recent new papers by members of our department: From the Castronovo lab: “Two-dimensional enzyme diffusion in laterally confined DNA monolayers” Matteo Castronovo, Agnese Lucesoli, Pietro Parisse, Anastasia Kurnikova, Aseem Malhotra, Mario Grassi, Gabriele Grassi, Bruna Scaggiante, Loredana Casalis & Giacinto Scoles Nature

Biology undergraduates receive top student awards

Biology majors, Roni Devassy, Jenna Fox and Shram Shukla, were among the 23 recipients of the 2011 Diamond Awards. The Diamond Award is the highest recognition given by the Division of Student Affairs to Temple

Dr. Antonio Giordano named as honorary professor

The Autonomous University of Santo Domingo  (UASD) has named Dr. Antonio Giordano, the Director of the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, as an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences for

Dr. Erik Cordes discusses the Gulf oil spill in the NYTimes, NatGeo and Science

Dr. Erik Cordes’ laboratory studies coral habitat at research sites in the Gulf of Mexico that are directly below the site of the recent Horizon oil spill.  Dr. Cordes talks about his research and the

Dr. Tonia Hsieh testifies to Congress for undergraduate education

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), in conjunction with the House Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Caucus, held a Congressional Briefing on “Undergraduate Research and American Innovation” on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 in Washington

Drs. Darius Balciunas, Jorune Balciuniene and Raymond Habas receive NIH grants

Congratulations to Dr. Darius Balciunas and Jorune Balciuniene on receiving an NIH R01 on their grant proposal entitled, TRANSPOSON-BASED PLATFORM FOR INSERTIONAL MUTAGENESIS AND GENOME ENGINEERING.  Dr. Ray Habas also received NIH Ro1 funding for his project, DISSECTING

New undergraduate majors announced

The Biology Department has initiated several new programs that expand options for undergraduate students.  A new BS degree program  Neuroscience: Cellular and Molecular, places strong emphasis on the scientific foundations of this complex subject. TUteach, a

We are delighted to welcome new faculty members

~2010~ S. Tonia Hsieh, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Biology Dr. Hsieh received her Ph.D. from Harvard University, was a post-doctoral fellow at Brown University and Harvard University and, prior to arriving at Temple, was