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Dr. Olesnicky Killian and UCCS student co-authors publish a paper

The conserved alternative splicing factor caper regulates neuromuscular phenotypes during development and aging. Read More


Student Q & A: Returning to College During a Pandemic

College is going to look very different this fall as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new safety guidelines and instructional modes in place have raised concerns for students still deciding whether to re-register for courses. Kate Grylicki, a biology major with a minor in gerontology, shared her experience and advice in remote learning and explained why she decided to return to UCCS in the fall. Read More

UCCS recognizes Dr. Meghan Lybecker for hitting a career milestone

In a year that experienced a 16 percent increase in sponsored research funding, five faculty members were recognized for surpassing personal marks in career funding during the 2019 Celebration of Research on Oct. 1 in Berger Hall. Read More

Dr. Aaron Corcoran receives NSF grant.

Dr. Corcoran and collaborators at Brown University and Lawrence Technological University received funding from the NSF to study "The Rules of Predation: Linking Biomechanics  and Ecology in the Bat-Insect Arms Race."

Three Biology Students Receive Undergraduate Research Academy Awards for 2019.

  • Jeff Callan will be working with Dr.Bono "Investigating the Functional Significance of a Drosophila Arizonae Gene (G110528) in Fertility."
  • Allie Hall will be working with Dr. Lybecker "Elucidating the Role of Small RNAs in the Lyme Disease Spirochete."
  • Meg Super will be working with Dr. Olesnicky Killian "Investigating the Role of the Gene Caper in Neurodegeneration."

Dr. Jeremy Bono awarded NIH grant

Dr. Jeremy Bono and his collaborator Luciano Matzkin from the University of Arizona have been awarded an R21 grant from the NIH titled, "Investigating a novel role of RNA infertility."

Dr. Olesnicky Killian receives NIH grant

Dr. Olesnicky Killian received an R15 grant from the NIH to so study the role of the gene caper in regulating the development and maintenance of the nervous system.

Dr. Killian and MSc. student Ethan Wright publishes a paper

"Drosophila as a Model for Assessing the Function of RNA-Binding Proteins during Neurogenesis and Neurological Disease". Read More

Dr. Olesnicky Killian, UCCS students, and collaborators publish research paper.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30352216

Dr. Mooney co-authors paper

Dr. Mooney and undergraduate Biology student Brittany Smith publish paper with Dr. Janel Owens and Luis Lowe of the Chemistry and Biochemistry department. The paper is published in the Journal of Applied Research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants and is titled "Chemotypic variation in osha (Ligusticum porteri) in Colorado, USA".

Dr. Klocko co-authors paper

"Variation in mutation spectra among CRISPR/Cas9 mutagenized poplars" by Estefania Elorriaga, Amy Leigh Klocko, Cathleen Ma, Steven Henry Strauss, published in Frontiers in Plant Science, section Plant Biotechnology. View the online publication here.

Dr. Lybecker receives NIH Grant

Dr. Lybecker and her colleagues at the University of Montana have received an RO1 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health for their work in understanding the regulatory mechanisms that allow Borrelia burgdorferi to respond and adapt to varied carbon sources in Lyme disease pathogenesis.

Dr. Klocko co-authors paper

Host‐induced gene silencing (HIGS) is an approach that shows promise for the control of a variety of problematic crop‐damaging organisms, ranging from nematodes and insects, to fungi and parasitic plants. Host‐Induced Gene Silencing for Pest/Pathogen Control. 2018 January. doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0023726

Dr. Bono is a co-investigator on a Major Research Instrumentation grant.

Drs. Guy Hagen, Jeremy Bono, Kathrin Spendier, Kevin Tvrdy, and Zbigniew Celinski receive funding from the NSF for the 'Acquisition of a fluorescence microscope for manipulating and imaging live cells'.

Dr. Hines is a co-investigator on 5 year NSF grant.

Drs. Patrick McGuire, Robert Block, Lisa Hines and Tom Christensen receive funding from the NSF for a project entitled ‘Supporting Noyce Scholars Through Professional Learning Communities.'

Dr. Jeremy Bono awarded NIH grant

Dr. Jeremy Bono and his collaborator Luciano Matzkin from the University of Arizona have been awarded an R21 grant from the NIH titled, "Investigating a novel role of RNA in fertility."

Dr. Olesnicky Killian receives NIH grant

Dr. Olesnicky Killian received a R15 grant from the NIH to so study the role of the gene caper in regulating development and maintenance of the nervous system.

Dr. Killian and MSc. student Ethan Wright publish paper

"Drosophila as a Model for Assessing the Function of RNA-Binding Proteins during Neurogenesis and Neurological Disease". Read More

Dr. Olesnicky Killian, UCCS students, and collaborators publish research paper.

Dr. Mooney co-authors paper

Dr. Mooney and undergraduate Biology student Brittany Smith publish paper with Dr. Janel Owens and Luis Lowe of the Chemistry and Biochemistry department. The paper is published in the Journal of Applied Research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants and is titled "Chemotypic variation in osha (Ligusticum porteri) in Colorado, USA".

Dr. Klocko co-authors paper

"Variation in mutation spectra among CRISPR/Cas9 mutagenized poplars" by Estefania Elorriaga, Amy Leigh Klocko, Cathleen Ma, Steven Henry Strauss, published in Frontiers in Plant Science, section Plant Biotechnology. View the online publication here.

Dr. Lybecker receives NIH Grant

Dr. Lybecker and her colleagues at the University of Montana have received an RO1 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health for their work in understanding the regulatory mechanisms that allow Borrelia burgdorferi to respond and adapt to varied carbon sources in Lyme disease pathogenesis.

Dr. Klocko co-authors paper

Host‐induced gene silencing (HIGS) is an approach that shows promise for the control of a variety of problematic crop‐damaging organisms, ranging from nematodes and insects, to fungi and parasitic plants. Host‐Induced Gene Silencing for Pest/Pathogen Control. 2018 January. doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0023726

Dr. Bono is a co-investigator on a Major Research Instrumentation grant.

Drs. Guy Hagen, Jeremy Bono, Kathrin Spendier, Kevin Tvrdy, and Zbigniew Celinski receive funding from the NSF for the 'Acquisition of a fluorescence microscope for manipulating and imaging live cells'.

Dr. Hines is a co-investigator on 5 year NSF grant.

Drs. Patrick McGuire, Robert Block, Lisa Hines and Tom Christensen receive funding from the NSF for a project entitled ‘Supporting Noyce Scholars Through Professional Learning Communities.'

Dr. Mooney receives 3 year NSF grant.

Dr. Mooney receives funding from the NSF Division of Environmental Biology Population and Community Ecology Cluster to study ‘Climate-induced changes in phenology as direct and indirect drivers of herbivore abundance.'

Dr. Jeremy Bono awarded NIH grant

Dr. Jeremy Bono and his collaborator Luciano Matzkin from the University of Arizona have been awarded an R21 grant from the NIH titled, "Investigating a novel role of RNA in fertility."

Dr. Olesnicky Killian receives NIH grant

Dr. Olesnicky Killian received a R15 grant from the NIH to so study the role of the gene caper in regulating development and maintenance of the nervous system.

Dr. Killian and MSc. student Ethan Wright publish paper

"Drosophila as a Model for Assessing the Function of RNA-Binding Proteins during Neurogenesis and Neurological Disease". Read More

Dr. Olesnicky Killian, UCCS students, and collaborators publish research paper.

Dr. Mooney co-authors paper

Dr. Mooney and undergraduate Biology student Brittany Smith publish paper with Dr. Janel Owens and Luis Lowe of the Chemistry and Biochemistry department. The paper is published in the Journal of Applied Research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants and is titled "Chemotypic variation in osha (Ligusticum porteri) in Colorado, USA".

Dr. Klocko co-authors paper

"Variation in mutation spectra among CRISPR/Cas9 mutagenized poplars" by Estefania Elorriaga, Amy Leigh Klocko, Cathleen Ma, Steven Henry Strauss, published in Frontiers in Plant Science, section Plant Biotechnology. View the online publication here.

Dr. Lybecker receives NIH Grant

Dr. Lybecker and her colleagues at the University of Montana have received an RO1 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health for their work in understanding the regulatory mechanisms that allow Borrelia burgdorferi to respond and adapt to varied carbon sources in Lyme disease pathogenesis.

Dr. Klocko co-authors paper

Host‐induced gene silencing (HIGS) is an approach that shows promise for the control of a variety of problematic crop‐damaging organisms, ranging from nematodes and insects to fungi and parasitic plants. Host‐Induced Gene Silencing for Pest/Pathogen Control. 2018 January. doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0023726

Dr. Bono is a co-investigator on a Major Research Instrumentation grant.

Drs. Guy Hagen, Jeremy Bono, Kathrin Spendier, Kevin Tvrdy, and Zbigniew Celinski receive funding from the NSF for the 'Acquisition of a fluorescence microscope for manipulating and imaging live cells'.

Dr. Hines is a co-investigator on 5 year NSF grant.

Drs. Patrick McGuire, Robert Block, Lisa Hines and Tom Christensen receive funding from the NSF for a project entitled ‘Supporting Noyce Scholars Through Professional Learning Communities.'

Dr. Mooney receives 3 year NSF grant.

Dr. Mooney receives funding from the NSF Division of Environmental Biology Population and Community Ecology Cluster to study ‘Climate-induced changes in phenology as direct and indirect drivers of herbivore abundance.'