Biology News Archive


  • Applications to the BioCORE Scholars program now open

    Sep 22, 2021

    The Biology department is happy to announce that applications for the BioCORE Scholars program are now open. The application form is available online and should be completed by Oct. 28, 2021. Questions about the program may be directed to Dr. Elena Brezynski, program director, at brezynskie@spu.edu.

  • SPU alum receive their white coats in UW School of Medicine ceremonies

    Sep 4, 2021

    In ceremonies held at the University of Washington School of Medicine's Seattle, Spokane and Bozeman, Montana campuses, five SPU alum received their white coats, marking their matriculation into medical school. These students are: Samuel Black (BS Physiology 2019), Johren Carpenter (BS Biochemistry 2021), Ngan Dang (BS Physiology 2020), Emma Reisman (BS Physiology 2019) and Daniel Tolstrup (BS Physiology 2018). Samuel and Emma are pictured posing in their white coats. We are very proud of these five students, and know they will be a blessing to their future patients!

  • Environmental Physiology students take advantage of a natural laboratory

    Aug 21, 2021

    Students in Environmental Physiology (BIO 4256), taught by Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, kicked off the 2021-2022 academic year by taking advantage of diverse terrestrial and aquatic habitats available in the Seattle area. In this course, offered as part of SPU's September Session, students investigate how organisms balance acclimation and adaptation as they respond physiologically to their environments. Here, the students take a break from their experiments at Seahurst Park in Burien.

  • Rachel Johns leads coral recovery team in Florida Keys

    Jun 16, 2021

    SPU alumna Rachel Johns (BS Ecology, 2017), a coral biologist and lead of the Coral Response Team at Dry Tortugas National Park in the Florida Keys, was featured in a recent article in Keys Weekly. Following the discovery of an outbreak of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease, Rachel and her team immediately began to treat the affected coral, and continue to monitor the reef to prevent further spread.

  • Dr. Tracie Delgado and Shun-Je Bhark co-author review article

    Jun 4, 2021

    Dr. Tracie Delgado (Associate Professor of Biology) and Shun-Je Bhark (Biology Laboratory Coordinator and BS Cellular & Molecular Biology 2020) co-authored a review article with collaborators at San Francisco State University. The peer-reviewed article, "Herpes Simplex Virus 1 Infection of Neuronal and Non-Neuronal Cells Elicits Specific Innate Immune Responses and Immune Evasion Mechanisms", was published on May 31, 2021 in Frontiers in Immunology.

  • Panel of Biology faculty discuss COVID-19 and vaccines

    Jun 4, 2021

    Four SPU Biology faculty recently participated in a panel discussion about COVID-19 and vaccinations. Dr. Tracie Delgado (Associate Professor of Biology), Dr. Eric Long (Professor of Biology), Dr. Charlotte Pratt (Associate Professor of Biology) and Dr. Jenny Tenlen (Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Biology) discuss facts and common misconceptions about the COVID-19 vaccines. The faculty also explain their personal reasons for choosing to get vaccinated, particularly as Christians who have a duty to heed Jesus's command to "love thy neighbor". The recording of the panel discussion is available on YouTube.

  • Applications being accepted for Autumn TA positions

    May 18, 2021

    Are you interested in becoming a teaching assistant (TA) for a fall quarter Biology lab?  Applications are now being accepted for General Biology (BIO 2101 and BIO 2103), Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 2129), Ecology (BIO 3310), and Genetics (BIO 3325).  The plan is for all labs to be held in-person. Please download and complete an application form, and return to Shun-Je Bhark, Biology Laboratory Coordinator, at bharks@spu.edu

  • Biology department honors the Class of 2021

    May 13, 2021

    The Biology Department is proud to honor the 60 graduates who make up the Class of 2021. These students have demonstrated resilience and perseverance, in spite of the many challenges of the past year. We congratulate all of our graduates for their achievements!

  • E. Lisa Chung earns honors at Emory

    May 13, 2021

    SPU alum E. Lisa Chung (BS Physiology, 2013) was named the graduate student recipient of this year's Marion Luther Brittain Award at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. This award honors “significant, meritorious and devoted service to Emory University with no expectations of recognition or reward.” Lisa, who is completing her Master in Public Health, is the first graduate student in public health to earn this honor. This fall, Lisa will begin the Ph.D. program in Epidemiology at Emory. Congratulations, Lisa!

  • Applications being accepted for spring TA positions

    Feb 17, 2021

    Are you interested in becoming a teaching assistant (TA) for a spring quarter Biology lab?  Applications are now being accepted for General Biology (BIO 2102 and BIO 2103), Ecology (BIO 3310), Animal Behavior (BIO 3434), Microbiology (BIO 3351) and Chemical Ecology (BIO 4840).  BIO 2103 labs will be in person, while all other labs will be held online.  Please download and complete an application form, and return to Shun-Je Bhark, Biology Laboratory Coordinator, at bharks@spu.edu