Mary Allen

Nature: Train students to navigate ethical swamps

April 10, 2019

A protocol can help with the tricky conversations essential to responsible research conduct, says Mary A. Allen. “Either this is sloppiness or misconduct, and either way I don’t think this is a lab I want to be in anymore.” I was terrified as I spoke these words to my first...

Boulder, Colorado, and the Rocky Mountains.

Dispatch: South Australia to Colorado

Feb. 27, 2019

Postdocs considering an international move should plan early and allow plenty of time to adjust, says Atma Ivancevic. Moving to a laboratory in another state or another country is an academic tradition. Scientists move for master’s and PhD programmes, postdoctoral experience, competitive faculty positions and short- or long-term study exchanges...

Stephanie Moon, Ph.D.

Gaining mechanistic insight into neurological changes in Down Syndrome through the study of the rare genetic disorder Vanishing White Matter disease

May 22, 2018

Down Syndrome is the most common chromosomal disorder, with 1 in every ~700 newborns in the U.S. affected. Down Syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra copy of chromosome 21. This additional chromosome can affect development and disease susceptibility. Recent work suggests that development of a region of...

Jacqueline Wentz is a graduate student in the IQ Biology PhD Certificate Program at BioFrontiers.

IQ Biology Blog: SIAM Life Sciences Conference in Boston

Oct. 13, 2016

By Jacqueline Wentz This July I attended the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Conference on the Life Sciences in Boston. It was four days long, packed with talks, poster sessions, and unnecessary amounts of coffee. At the conference, I presented a poster on my latest research examining a...

April Goebl is a graduate student in the IQ Biology PhD certificate program at the BioFrontiers Institute.

IQ Biology Blog: My experience with Evolution

Aug. 30, 2016

by April Goebl Attending Evolution, the premier international conference for evolutionary biology, had a big influence on my recently spawned, yet still vague, choice to pursue a career in evolutionary biology. Held in Austin, Texas this year and the largest conference in its field, Evolution is a joint event for...

Daniel Malmer is a second-year graduate student in the IQ Biology Interdisciplinary PhD program at BioFrontiers.

IQ Biology Blog: Computing Machinery and Mouse Genomes

March 10, 2015

I recently attended the 2014 Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (ACM BCB) with fellow IQ Biology student Joey Azofeifa and our advisor Robin Dowell. The conference had many interesting talks, ranging from theory-heavy explanations of algorithm improvements to very applied talks on using...

Joey Azofeifa is a second-year graduate student in the IQ Biology program. He works in Robin Dowell's lab at the BioFrontiers Institute.

Science is Hard

Nov. 18, 2013

It must be said that I have had a very difficult time writing this blog-post. The reason, after a few too many cups of coffee, came clear to me: Science is Hard (and I worried if that’s what I should tell my readers). Certainly there are intellectual struggles in Science,...

Nora Connor is a third-year graduate student in the IQ Biology program.

IQ Biology Blog: On the leading edge

Sept. 6, 2013

Studying Quantitative Genomics in Italy By: Nora Connor I returned this past weekend from a conference and workshop called Quantitative Laws of Genome Evolution in Lake Como, Italy. An Italian physicist named Marco Lagomarsino created the conference, which brought together an interdisciplinary group of statistical physicists, biophysicists, chemists and biologists...

The hammerhead ribozyme in the Ireland Botanical National Gardens.

IQ Biology Blog: Understanding RNA

July 16, 2013

The newly constructed structure in the National Botanical Gardens in Ireland, meant to symbolize the flow of information from DNA to RNA and proteins, contains a representation of the DNA double helix, a ribosome, and thehammerhead ribozyme. Sculptures of the DNA helix have been constructed all over the world ;...

Ryan tends to a tranquilized bear during field work in Missouri.

IQ Bio Blog: Interdisciplinarity on Steroids

Feb. 6, 2013

IQ Bio Blog: Interdisciplinarity on Steroids by: Ryan Langendorf At my last mentoring committee meeting, after discussing the tug-of-war that the Environmental Studies and IQ Biology programs have been playing with my schedule, Dr. Brett Melbourne paused and quietly commented that my life is “interdisciplinarity on steroids!” We all laughed,...