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Geneticists Join Botanist to Barcode Orchids
Biology Alumna Works Her Own CSI Episodes
Student Entomology Research Ranked First in the Nation
Dr. Larios-Sanz Loves Biology
Geneticists Join Botanist to Barcode Orchids

As the world-wide effort to classify and produce a “DNA barcode” for every living thing is underway, a team of UST biology researchers – including three professors and five undergraduate students – hope to contribute data for 32 species of orchid plants in the genus Gongora. Read more

Biology Alumna Works Her Own CSI Episodes

With so many TV blockbusters on criminal justice, people are fascinated by what Christine Konecny does, however, the real life forensic scientist is quick to clarify that, unlike the Hollywood dramas, she neither wears high heels to work nor packs heat. What the 2005 UST biology graduate does is identify DNA profiles and help solve crimes. Read more

Student Entomology Research Ranked First in the Nation

Seven University of St. Thomas students working on undergraduate research under the guidance of Dr. Rosie Rosell and Dr. Elmer Ledesma were awarded first prize for their fruit fly research, focused on determining the lethal concentration of toluene on fruit flies and the morphological effects of toluene exposure on fly offspring, at the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting held in Austin, Texas from Nov. 9 – 14. Read more

Dr. Larios-Sanz Loves Biology

Dr. Maia Larios-Sanz says general biology is one of her favorite classes to teach. In this class, students build on their critical thinking skills as they are exposed to the scientific method and learn to appreciate life and its many intricate details and processes. In the unit profiled in this article, students are introduced to the many sub-compartments of animal and plant cells. Dr. Larios-Sanz Explains Intricate Details of Life.

The Biology Department at the University of St. Thomas includes degrees in biology and bioinformatics. The biology program teaches students the principles governing the structure and function of biological systems at every level from molecules to the biosphere. The program places special emphasis on ecology and evolution as the context in which to understand these principles. Students will graduate prepared for graduate and professional schools and for entry-level biologist positions.

Bioinformatics is a fast-growing and newly emerged field in the life sciences that utilizes math and computer science applications to analyze and store the vast amounts of information produced from the various genome and proteome projects. A bioinformatics major includes concentrations in biology, mathematics and computer science. Graduates will be prepared to enter professional or graduate school in bioinformatics or for entry-level positions in biotechnology firms, genome projects or the pharmaceutical industry.

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