Biology professor Fernando Tenjo still finds motivation in student success as he approaches his 20th year at VCU

Fernand Tenjo joined VCU in 2003 and is approaching his 20th year here at VCU Biology. He has held various positions since arriving: associate professor of biology, associate chair for the Department of Biology, co-chair of the Men of Color Initiative, and many more. The foundation for student success according to Fernando is the engagement […]

Meet Gaston Ignacio Jofre-Rodriguez, Ph.D.

As the semester approaches the College of Humanities and Sciences posted about the newest faculty members for the the 2022-2023 academic year. This year they welcomed one of VCU Biology’s newest faculty member Gaston Jofre, Ph.D. We are very excited to have Gaston join our department and look forward to the impact he will make […]

VCU Biology Faculty Members Involved With Leaders for Inclusive Learning program

Leaders for Inclusive Learning program helps train instructors on how to best serve students through inclusive teaching and learning practices. These practices are then brought back to their faculty peers in their departments to have a greater impact and help lead systemic change. The program was first brought to life by Sarah Golding, PH.D., an […]

VCU Biology Welcomes On New Department Chair

VCU Biology Department has introduced Rima Franklin PH.D. as the new Department Chair. Dr. Franklin will step into the role; previously filled by Derek Johnson PH.D. for the past four years. Rima brings a lot of experience and has served as an Associate Professor for over seven years. Her leadership qualities and ability to work […]

Traversing the James River to learn about its biodiversity and history

Students have been participating in VCU’s experiential Footprints on the James course are also helping professors from across the U.S. test new river-based field lessons. This summer’s Footprints on the James includes two courses: Footprints on the James: The Natural History of the James River Watershed, taught by Daniel Carr, an assistant professor in the […]

Biology student has won the prestigious CLARION Case Competition

VCU student Kush Savsani, a sophomore biology major in the College of Humanities and Sciences, has won the Clarion Case Competition. Savsani, alongside three other VCU students, was able to bring home first place in The National CLARION Case Competition 2022 held by the University of Minnesota. The competition focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in […]

An aspiring dentist discovers a passion for ecology

Drashty Mody, a biology major set to graduate in May, is on the pre-dentistry track at VCU. She was placed last year in the research lab of Rima Franklin, Ph.D., associate professor of microbial ecology in the College of Humanities and Sciences. At first she was nervous that Franklin’s ecological research seemed like no more […]

Spring Research Showcase

The Integrative Life Sciences Student Organization is presenting its annual research showcase on Thursday, April 14th from 11am – to 4pm. Come to The Commons Virginia Rooms A-D to witness students giving presentations on their own research findings. Oral presentations will also be available over Zoom. Contact for any questions.

VCU Biology Social Media Photo Contest

VCU Biology is trying to find your best selfies or group shots that have to do with VCU Biology. Whether it’s exploring the outdoors, working on a lab experience or even you and your friends attending a lecture, we want to see you representing VCU Biology. Rules And How To Enter Photo must contain only […]

VCU News: From red cell development to cultural preservation, VCU’s Baldacci scholars continue to further their studies

Sivam Bhatt and Anubhav Thapaliya are Biology majors that have been busy conducting research on specific genes that impact the development of zebrafish and blood stem cell generation in the lab of Erich Damm, PH.D. None of this would have been possible without the  Baldacci Student Experiential Learning Endowed Fund  grants that further research like […]

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