Department of Biological Science

FSU internal investment program helps faculty move from lab to market

Improved ceramics manufacturing, breakthrough medical screening tests and a more convenient way to detect nuclear particles earned funding from the latest round of a Florida State University program that helps researchers bring their work to the marketplace. FSU’s Office of the Vice President for Research awarded more than $167,000 to faculty members to continue research […]

FSU neuroscientist awarded $1.8M NIH grant to study brain’s influence on eating habits

A researcher in Florida State University’s Program in Neuroscience has received a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate how the brain encodes information about food and how this information affects an individual’s overall eating habits and food choices. Roberto Vincis, an assistant professor of Biological Science and Neuroscience, will lead […]

Ecologist receives 2021-22 FSU Distinguished Teacher Award

Florida State University · Ecologist receives 2021-22 FSU Distinguished Teacher Award Long before she taught at Florida State University, Professor of Biological Science Nora Underwood led science field trips for elementary school students at a national park. Learning how to work with children gave her the first glimpse at how to clearly communicate with different […]

Daniel Zuñiga

At age 15, Florida State University junior Daniel Zuñiga moved with his family from Bucaramanga, Colombia, to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, in search of a better education. During his senior year in high school, he applied to FSU originally as an interdisciplinary medical sciences major after he learned about the university’s efforts to support underrepresented […]

FSU biologist named 2022 Pew fellow in marine conservation

A Florida State University biologist has been awarded a prestigious fellowship that supports experts seeking solutions to critical challenges facing the world’s oceans. Daniel Okamoto, an assistant professor in FSU’s Department of Biological Science, has been named by The Pew Charitable Trusts as a recipient of the 2022 Pew fellowship in marine conservation. He will […]

FSU biological scientist named AAAS fellow

A Florida State University biologist has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a lifetime distinction that honors contributions to both science and technology. Professor of Biological Science Brian Inouye will be inducted to the prestigious society this year alongside 563 scientists, engineers, and innovators spanning 24 scientific disciplines. […]

FSU paleontologist featured in NOVA documentary on Alaskan dinosaurs

The work of a Florida State University researcher is featured in a new documentary by NOVA called “Alaskan Dinosaurs.” FSU Professor of Biological Science Gregory Erickson, doctoral candidate Tyler Hunt and their research partner Patrick Druckenmiller from University of Alaska Fairbanks are featured in the special that details their work in Alaska.  Producers filmed them […]

FSU graduate student mixing passion for science and communications

A Florida State University graduate student has received a prestigious fellowship designed to teach scientists how to better communicate science to the general public. Dani Davis, a graduate student in ecology, was selected to participate in ComSciCon, a fellowship sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, the National Association […]

Navigating the corn maze: FSU researchers develop technique to map out ‘light switches’ of maize genome

Getting a full understanding of how genes are regulated is a major goal of scientists worldwide. Now, a Florida State University professor and his research partners have developed a technique that can map out nearly all of the likely regulatory switches across a genome. That knowledge could prove critical for the agriculture field where scientists […]

Magic of science: FSU researchers use gene editing to tackle facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy

Roughly 1 out of 15,000 people born suffer from Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD), a rare disease that starts with the progressive weakening of facial muscles and then the shoulders and upper body. By the time patients reach their 50s, around one-fifth of them are wheelchair bound.   Now, a team of Florida State University researchers has […]

FSU biology doctoral candidate earns prestigious Chateaubriand Fellowship

A Florida State University biological science doctoral student has received an international fellowship to study coral reefs and parrotfish in France this fall.   Marine ecologist Joshua Manning will use the Chateaubriand Fellowship to collaborate with Simon Benhamou, CNRS Research Director at the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, CEFE, the largest French research center in Ecology and […]

Snowed in: Research team finds Arctic was dinosaur nursery

Long-standing images of dinosaurs as cold-blooded creatures needing tropical temperatures could be a relic of the past.  University of Alaska Fairbanks and Florida State University paleontologists have found that nearly all types of dinosaurs — from small bird-like forms to the giant tyrannosaurus — not only reproduced in the region, but also remained there year-round.  […]