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Congratulations, Adit and farewell, Binh!

Each spring, Biological Sciences holds a competition for Elmer Hadley Graduate Research Awards in support of graduate student research in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology.  Dr. Elmer Hadley was a prominent ecologist, former Department Head of Biological Sciences, and Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Research awards may be used to cover travel expenses, materials used in lab or field research, outsourced lab work, hourly wages for personnel and other direct costs.  Grants are awarded for proposed projects that best demonstrate contributions to dissertation research...

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Spring 2017 wrap-up

This academic year is over and we've been busy in the Poretsky lab. Some highlights for 2016-2017: Melissa and Emily spent some time in WA at the NOAA Fisheries lab in March Rachel Macam presented her work (with Jarrad on the microbiomes of members of the UIC swim team as they train and compete) at the UIC Undergraduate Research Forum in April. Adit was awarded a Hadley Grant to continue his work on DOM dynamics in Lake Michigan Dr. Poretsky was nominated for a "Rising Star in Basic Life Sciences"...

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East Meets West: Why are athletes strong and fast?

What role does gut bacteria play in making athletes strong and fast? UIC doctoral student Jarrad Hampton-Marcell will use a $100,000 citizen-science grant from uBiome, a microbial genomics company, to examine that question. Hampton-Marcell was selected for the grant by a public vote during the uBiome Microbiome Research Grant Competition....

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April News

Dr. Poretsky traveled to the Manchester Research Station in Seattle, WA in March to help kick off the first microbial set of experiments for our NOAA-funded aquaculture project. Graduating senior Mark Ciesielski presented his research at the UIC Research Forum on April 12, 2016. His poster was entitled: “UV Disinfection Impacts on Microbial Tetracycline Resistance and Functional Gene Expression." Congratulations to Mark, too, for being invited to join Phi Beta Kappa and for being nominated for an undergraduate Elmer Hadley Award! This award is given to a student with high academic...

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Honors College Capstone Research

Hillary Pham and Jennifer Arista presented posters of their Honors College Capstone research at the UIC Undergraduate Research Forum. Hillary and Jennifer were beneficiaries of an Honors College Faculty Fellow Small Grant awarded to Dr. Poretsky in June 2015 to investigate microbial diversity in the Chicago River....

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CBC Postdoctoral Research Grant!

Dr. Binh Chu received a CBC Postdoctoral Research Grant to characterize and quantify antibiotic resistance genes in Lake Michigan. Binh Chu's project is "Digital PCR to assess the abundance of antibiotic resistance genes in Lake Michigan."...

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