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January

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry has just been officially approved. At the center of the program will be undergraduate coursework, designed to provide a firm foundation in the theory and techniques of biochemistry. The program is specifically targeted at future biochemists; one that fully integrates its two core disciplines, chemistry and biology. It will officially open in the Fall of 2016

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February

BSI Director, Dr. Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh was invited to serve on NIH's review panel of Small Business (SBIR /STTR) proposals in Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Drug Discovery on March 2016

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BSI members will serve as panelists at FIU's “Zika Watch: What South Florida Needs to Know”

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March

Congratulations to Shayna Sandhaus and Pamela Garcia both doctoral students in Dr. Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh's research lab for landing this award.

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The American Association for Cancer Research has selected Dr. Quentin Felty as one of the recipients of the 2016 AACR Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award.

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Professor Alok Deoraj of the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work has been racking up the awards and recognitions; he was selected as a faculty fellow of the STEM Transformation Institute and an affiliate faculty member of the Biomolecular Sciences Institute while earning a promotion to senior instructor at the college.

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April

BSI members research paper was recently accepted by the Journal of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

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Angelo e Andres wins first place poster presentation at the 11th Annual Southeast Cell Science Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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The International Center for Tropical Botany (ICTB) awards Biochemistry PhD student with a graduate fellowship for the Fall 2016 semester!

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May

Tomás R. Guilarte, dean of the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, has made a discovery that could potentially help put off or prevent the onset of debilitating diseases such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s.

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A team of researchers, including BSI's faculty member Eric von Wettberg, has identified the gene responsible for giving white chickpea its light seed and flower color.

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Two FIU biology students were recently recognized by the Botanical Society of America as the country’s top, emerging botanists.

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BSI faculty member & Professor of Biological Sciences, Dr. Fernando Noriega, honored as a Top Scholar.

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Kendra J. Adams competes and wins second place at the 2016 Florida Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium.

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June

BSI researcher Marcus Cooke and colleagues have published the study, Urinary 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2′-deoxyguanosine analysis by an improved ELISA: An inter-laboratory comparison study.

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The von Wettberg Conservation Genetics Lab studies the genetic diversity in wild varieties of mango and how the crop has evolved over time through domestication.

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Dr. Sakhrat Khizroev, BSI member, has created a new drug delivery technology using so called smart particles to attack cancer cells inside malignant tumors.

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July

FIU biologist and BSI faculty member Matthew DeGennaro is the first scientist in the world to create a mutant mosquito. His plans is to better understand what attracts mosquitoes to humans and how he might stop them from biting us.

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Worlds Ahead means going beyond what is expected, taking the opportunity you are given and doing something great with it. Angelo Andres will be recognized for his achievements at the SISH Summer Commencement on August 8, 2016. Congratulations!

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FIU-BSI researcher, Dr. Jose M. Eirin-Lopez is an expert on the recent bloom of blue-green algae and is ready to discuss how algal blooms form, how they impact the environment, their potential human health impacts, and remediation.

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August

Matthew DeGennaro and his research lab discuss with several news outlets their research methods and how to understand mosquito behavior.

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Matthew DeGennaro attends Zika roundtable meeting with local stakeholders and health experts to address the Zika virus in Miami-Dade County.

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In July, when South Florida became the first place in the U.S. to report locally transmitted Zika cases, the eyes of the nation turned to our area and found several FIU experts with deep knowledge and a willingness to help the community navigate the Zika outbreak.

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The amount of sunlight you need for optimum vitamin D production may not be the same as someone else. That’s part of what a multi-disciplinary research team including Marcus Cooke, Ph.D, has determined.

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CBS National Network interviewed Dr. DeGennaro regarding Zika. He was featured on the CBS Evening News and on CBS Morning News.

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September

Biologist Matthew DeGennaro conducts research on mosquito behavior with FIU’s Biomolecular Sciences Institute. He hopes to uncover information that will someday lead to better repellants.

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School of Integrated Science and Humanity faculty Lindsay Malloy, Department of Psychology, and Matthew DeGennaro, Biomolecular Sciences Institute, will be two of eight speakers at the next TEDxFIU in November.

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In a recent paper in the Journal of The American Society for Mass Spectrometry, a team of BSI-FIU researchers and students collaborate on a joint publication titled "Analysis of Chemotherapeutic Drug Delivery at the Single Cell Level"

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DeGennaro and his team are laying the groundwork to make the next generation of mosquito repellants. But while they work on developing new tools, Zika's arrival is a call for action. DeGennaro will also speak at Deering Estate, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 at 7pm. More info coming.

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Biomolecular Sciences professor Yuan Liu and her team conducted research on DNA base excision repair that relates to the cause of more than 40 neurodegenerative diseases.

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October

BSI faculty were honored today at the CASE Awards Faculty ceremony for excellence in teaching, research, service, and engagement.

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Jeremy W. Chambers, Ph.D., received a Target Optimization Award from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to investigate the connections between aging and Parkinson’s disease.

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Each year, select individuals are recognized with an award for significant achievements in their scholarly pursuits during the annual grand Faculty Convocation and Awards Ceremony. This year the achievements of Dr. Fernando Noriega, Dr. Sharan Ramaswamy and Dr. Chenzhong Li were recognized.

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Professor Jun Li will offer his expertise on the NIH's Special Emphasis Review Panel for International Research in Infectious Diseases including AIDS (IRIDA).

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BSI Director, Dr. Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh was invited to serve on NIH's review panel of Small Business (SBIR /STTR) proposals in Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Drug Discovery on November 2016.

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Brian Ho, biology major student and part of Professor Alexander Agoulnik’s lab, BSI researcher, was chosen to receive a scholarship from the National Institutes of Health, which includes a one-year, paid research position at its lab in Bethesda, Md., after graduation.

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November

Dr. Yuan Liu developed a novel fluorescence-based technology for measuring base excision repair capacity in whole cell lysates.

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A research team led by Prof. Fenfei Leng in the Biomolecular Sciences Institute (BSI) and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has recently synthesized a type of novel, fluorescently labeled circular DNA molecules to study DNA topology and topoisomerases by fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET).

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December

Dr. Matthew DeGennaro talks about how the $10M funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Zika will make an impact.

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Dr. DeGennaro is determined to stop the world’s deadliest animal. Accounting for as many as 725,000 deaths worldwide every year, mosquitoes transmit a variety of infectious diseases including malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, West Nile virus and Zika.

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Congratulations to the MMC student ACS chapter, and to its advisors, Uma Swamy and Jonng-ho Moon for earning an Outstanding award for its activities conducted during the 2015-2016 academic year! In addition the MMC student ACS chapter was also conferred with the green chemistry award. The award winning chapters will be honored at the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017.

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BSI researcher, Dr. Raphael Raptis, discovers the first example of a multinuclear complex undergoing a high-spin (H) to low-spin (L) conversion upon an one-electron reduction.

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Jill Beaver, receiving a Ph.D. in Biochemistry under Professor Yuan Liu's guidance will be recognized as a World's Ahead student at the Commencement Ceremonies to be held at 10 am on 12/12/2016. Congratulations!

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Dr. Sharan Ramaswamy designed a device that mimics human circulation in which cells and tissues can be grown. This technology enables researchers to study three-dimensional human tissues, and as a result, identify new, more effective treatments for cardiovascular diseases.

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