genetics

Distinguished Research Professor Jessica Kissinger

Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Professor of genetics, globally recognized molecular biologist and world expert in bio-computational research, 2017 Distinguished Research Professor Jessica Kissinger's contributions to the field of eukaryotic pathogen research have helped transform how pathogen research is conducted internationally.

An expert on the evolution of parasite genomes, she conducted the first systematic survey of gene transfer in the Apicomplexa, upending prevailing thought. Her subsequent series of papers on the Apicomplexa also opened a new window into genome evolution and the biology of several other...

First sunflower genome sequence

Posted 2 months 4 days ago
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They follow the sun's path throughout the day - hence their name in the Romance languages - and this news about the sunflower genome turns our attention to a new paper in Nature:

[UGA] researchers are part of an international team that has published the first sunflower genome sequence. This new resource will assist future research programs using genetic tools to improve crop resilience and oil production.

They published their findings today in the journal Nature.

Known for its beauty and also as an important source of food, the sunflower is a global oil crop that shows...

Genetics Training Grant renewed for the 41st year by NIH

Posted 2 months 1 week ago
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Congratulations to the doctoral training program in genetics, which recently received a renewal of its funding from the National Institutes of Health for the 41st consecutive year.

The training grants enable institutions to make National Research Service Awards to individuals selected by them for predoctoral and postdoctoral research training in specified shortage areas.

In its 41st year, the genetics graduate program is one of the longest running Genetics training grants in the nation. The grant has been renewed for five years (~$1.4 million), and the renewal will fund six...

Strand elected to National Academy of Sciences

Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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University of Georgia Regents' Professor Michael R. Strand has received one of the highest honors a scientist can receive-election to the National Academy of Sciences:

Strand, who holds an appointment in the entomology department of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and an affiliated appointment in the genetics department of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, is UGA's eighth member of the National Academies, which include the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Medicine.

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Strand's primary...

Record number of NSF Graduate Research Fellowships for UGA students, alumni

Posted 4 months 5 days ago
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As the largest, most diverse college on campus, the Franklin College is home to more than half of the record number of UGA students and alumni who were awarded 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships:

Twenty UGA students and alumni were among the 2,000 fellows selected from over 13,000 applicants nationwide for the 2017 competition. NSF Graduate Research Fellowships recognize and support outstanding graduate students in STEM-science, technology, engineering and mathematics-disciplines. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000, along with a $...

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