Dr. Immo Hansen member of international team that elucidated the genome of the Tsetse fly!
Assistant professor Immo Hansen and the members of the International Glossina Genome Initiative, were published in the journal Science in late April! Their paper “summarizes findings that may lead to improved techniques in protecting humans against African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, a widespread tropical disease that is always fatal if not treated. The disease is spread by the bite of an infected tsetse fly. The paper, titled “Genome Sequence of the Tsetse Fly (Glossina morsitans): Vector of African Trypanosomiasis,” details the research conducted during a 10-year period through collaboration among more than 140 scientists from around the world.” Read more here!
Dr. Elba Serrano to serve on Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health!
Regents Professor Elba Serrano has been selected as one of 20 individuals selected by the U.S. Secretary of Health to sit upon an Advisory Committee to the Director of the NIH. “The committee, which provides advice to the NIH director, the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Assistant Secretary for Health, consists of authorities who are knowledgeable in the fields of research pertinent to the NIH mission, as well as individuals who represent the academic and private sector research community” Read more here!
Dr. Donovan Bailey receives Mid-Career Award from the NSF!
Associate Professor C. Donovan Bailey recently received an $861,269 grant from the National Science Foundation to study tropical trees. The project, entitled “Transcriptome Sequencing of the New World Miracle Trees (Leucaena, Leguminosae): Applications for Plant Breeding and Evolutionary Biology,” will focus on genomic characteristics of tropical, nitrogen fixing trees and shrubs. As part of this research program, Dr. Bailey and his fellow researchers will develop extensive DNA-based molecular markers that will guide future breeding programs to increase the utility of these important multipurpose crops as contributors to sustainable agriculture in economically disadvantaged regions of the tropics.