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The McGillivray lab just had paper, “Transcriptional profiling of the clpX mutant in Bacillus anthracis reveals regulatory connection with the lrgAB operon”, accepted for publication in Microbiology

The McGillivray lab just had paper accepted for publication in Microbiology. It features the thesis work from Kevin Claunch (MS ’16; BS ’14) with help from Maddy Bush (BA ’17), Chris Evans (MS ’13; BS ‘11), Jacob Malmquist (current MS; BS ’16) and Matt Hale.   Claunch, K.C.*, M. Bush**, C.R. Evans*, J.A. Malmquist*, M.C. Hale and […]

The Williams lab made two presentations at the Texas Horned Lizard Conservation Coalition Meetings

The Williams lab made two presentations at the Texas Horned Lizard Conservation Coalition Meetings at the McGillivray and Leona McKie Muse WMA March 29th. These meetings are for those involved in the current reintroduction efforts of Texas horned lizards in Texas and include a number of people from Texas Parks and Wildlife, Fort Worth Zoo, […]

John Horner publishes three chapter in the new book Carnivorous Plants: Physiology, ecology, and evolution (Oxford University Press, Oxford)

Congratulations to John Horner on the publication of a new book on carnivorous plants in which he contributed to three chapters:   Horner, J. D., B. J. Płachno, U. Bauer, and B. Di Giusto, 2018, Prey attraction by carnivorous plants, In: A. M. Ellison and L. Adamec (eds.), Carnivorous Plants: Physiology, ecology, and evolution, Oxford University Press, Oxford, […]

Biology Graduate Students Spencer Weinstein and Rachel Alenius are finalists in the TCU Fall 2017 CSE Three Minute Thesis competition

TCU CSE has completed the qualifying rounds for the Fall 2017 CSE Three Minute Thesis competition. Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, which challenges research graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis/dissertation topic and its significance in just three minutes while using language […]

Chumchal/Drenner and Hale Labs presented their work at the 13TH International Conference on Mercury

Overview: Matt Chumchal and Ray Drenner along with former graduate students Celeste Ortega-Rodriguez and Eddie Williams made eight presentations at the 13TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MERCURY AS A GLOBAL POLLUTANT in Providence, Rhode Island, July 16-21, 2017.   TCU faculty collaborators on the presentations included: Amanda Hale and Tory Bennet   TCU graduate student collaborators included: Celeste Ortega-Rodriguez MS […]

TCU Aquatic Ecology Lab publishes paper on Recovery of aquatic insect-mediated methylmercury flux from ponds following drying disturbance

Overview: Matt Chumchal and Ray Drenner have published a paper in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  The paper was coauthored by former graduate student Frank Greenhill and former undergraduate students Charlie Gober, Ashlyn Courville and Luke Lossau.  Jim Kennedy a professor at UNT is also a coauthor.   Reference: Chumchal, M.M., R.W. Drenner, F. Greenhill, J. Kennedy, C. […]

Williams lab published paper on Avian malaria, body condition, and blood parameters in four species of songbirds

Overview: Carolina Granthon, a former graduate student in the lab of Dr. Dean Williams, published the results of her Master’s thesis on avian malaria.   Reference: Granthon, C.* and D.A. Williams, 2017, Avian malaria, body condition, and blood parameters in four species of songbirds, Wilson Journal of Ornithology,  v. 129, p. 492-508.   Student: *Carolina […]

The Akkaraju Lab publishes a paper on the Characterization and Activity of a Triazine Bridged Antioxidant Small Molecule

Overview:  The paper elucidates a novel approach in the design of a drug for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. One hypothesis for the brain degeneration seen in Alzheimer’s disease implicates copper. This hypothesis postulates that copper ions lead to the clumping of a protein called A-beta which in turn leads to inflammation in the brain […]

The Horner lab recently presented their work at the Ecological Society of America meeting in Portland, OR

The Horner lab recently presented at the Ecological Society of America meeting in Portland, OR:   Carmickle, Rachel and John Horner. “Turning the tables all over again: The impact of a specialist herbivore on a carnivorous plant.”   Carnivorous plants occupy nutrient-poor environments, and they are unusual among plants in that they have evolved traits […]

The Hale lab recently presented at the Society for the Study of Evolution, in Portland Oregon.  ​

The Hale lab recently presented at the Society for the Study of Evolution, in Portland Oregon.  ​ 1)      Weinstein, Spencer Y.†, Matthew C. Hale, Frank P. Thrower, and Krista Nichols. Should I stay or should I go? Analyzing the genetic basis of migration-related traits in Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Evolution. Portland, OR. 2)      Smith, Christy*, Courtney Bell*, Matthew […]