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September 7, 2021

Division of Biology hosting annual BioBonanza event tonight

Submitted by Chloe Wallace

Join the Division of Biology for its annual BioBonanza event from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. The event is free and open to everyone. 

For any undergraduate student interested in biology and biology-related extracurricular activities, the event will include two-minute "lightning talks" from faculty about their research, followed by browsing sessions for you to connect with current students in biology, microbiology, and fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology.


6:30-7 p.m. Research lightning talks from Division of Biology faculty

  • Michi Tobler — adaptation and speciation; fish biology.
  • Sherry Flemming — immunology.
  • Ruth Welti — structure and function of cell membranes; lipids.
  • Alice Boyle — behavioral, evolutionary and physiological ecology; ornithology.
  • Ashley Joseph from Steph Shames' lab — host-pathogen interactions; bacterial pathogenesis.
  • Brad Olson — molecular and ecological basis of multicellular evolution.
  • Jack Sytsma and Eli Hartung from Loretta Johnson's lab — ecological genomics; plant ecology; climate change.
  • Martha Mather – Fish ecology; aquatic community ecology.
  • Aprajita Tripathi from Kalyani Pyaram's lab — T cell metabolism; innate T cell biology; innate and adaptive immune responses.
  • Sonny Lee — metagenomics; bioinformatics; microbial ecology.
  • Tommy Hererra from Andrew Hope's lab — climate change; comparative phylogeography; conservation genetics.

7-7:45 p.m. Browsing sessions with opportunities to learn about the following: 

  • Human health biology track and pre-health-related activities and extracurriculars.
  • Biology clubs — The Wildlife Society, the Fisheries Society and Biology Ambassadors.
  • Microbiology major and research.
  • Fisheries, wildlife, conservation, and environmental biology major and research.
  • Pre-veterinary medicine academics and extracurriculars.
  • Biology education abroad opportunities.

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