Biology majors at Seattle Pacific University graduate with a broad understanding of living organisms. Through immersion in scientific inquiry and problem solving, you’ll develop fundamental skills and knowledge for entering a wide range of careers, including those in medicine, environmental science, research, and teaching.
Ari Diamant, who graduated from SPU in 2010 with a BS in Biology, is a co-first author on a research paper published in the top-tier journal, Science. In this paper, Ari and his colleagues report the crystal structure of the dynactin protein complex. Dynactin is an important cofactor in dynein-mediated transport of cargo along microtubules within a cell. This paper provides new insight into how dynactin and dynein interact with each other, and with other proteins that facilitate microtubule-mediated transport. Ari is completing doctoral research in Andrew Carter's lab at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, and will start medical school this July. Congratulations, Ari!
Michael Macarulay, a senior majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology, is a co-author on a research paper published on March 17 in the journal, mBio, titled "Cyclic GMP Balance Is Critical for Malaria Parasite Transmission from the Mosquito to the Mammalian Host." Michael has been working as a lab assistant in the lab of Dr. Stefan Kappe at Seattle BioMed, under the supervision of Senior Scientist, Dr. Ashley Vaughan. Congratulations, Michael!
Registration for Blakely Island Field Station summer courses is now open. Information on courses, fees and a link to a tuition reduction grant application, are available on the BIFS website. The tuition reduction grant application is due to Dr. Nelson by May 1, 2015.
The SPU Biology Club will once again host its annual Bone Marrow Drive and Diabetes Awareness Event, May 7 - 8, 2015. This has truly been a life-saving event. From the 2014 drive, there have been 14 matches and 2 donations. Be sure to mark your calendars!