Category: Cellular and Developmental

VCU News features graduating Biology senior

Being diagnosed with alopecia areata at age 16 inspired in La’Tila Abbott a passion for health sciences that eventually led her to VCU. Abbott will graduate in May with a biology degree. (Photo by Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

VCU News reports:

“When she was 16, La’Tila Abbott was diagnosed with alopecia areata, a medical condition that causes the immune system to attack hair follicles. Her hair fell out, and she began to receive steroid shots in her scalp that came with “really horrible side effects,” she said. She wore a wig to school.”

“Her diagnosis inspired a passion for the health sciences that eventually led her to Virginia Commonwealth University, where she will graduate in May with a biology degree from the College of Humanities and Sciences.”

Read the full article, “Class of 2019: Entrepreneur and biology graduate driven by a personal mission” by Taylor Pilkington at VCU News.

La’Tila will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.

3 Biology Faculty Receive CHS Seed Awards

From the left, Lesley Bulluck, Bill Eggleston, Karen Kester

The College of Humanities and Sciences announced today that three VCU Biology faculty would receive Seed Awards for 2018.  Scott Gronert, Associate Dean for Research writes, “the Seed awards were established to foster the development of successful grant proposals and nationally or internationally peer-reviewed scholarly and/or creative works.”

Assistant Professor Leslie Bulluck (pictured above, left) will receive a Seed award for her project “Using DNA barcoding to measure diet variation of a riparian consumer.”

Associate Professor Bill Eggleston (pictured above, center) will receive a Seed award for his project “Molecular analysis of loss of canalization and habituation in maize.”

Associate Professor Karen Kester (pictured above, right) will receive a Seed award for her project “Save the wasps! Maintaining productive collaborations and nurturing future funding opportunities.”

VCU Biology Research Suggests Some E-Cig Flavors More Harmful Than Others

A man exhales smoke from an e-cigarette. Photo by Mark Blinch, Reuters.

Amanda Dickinson, Associate Professor in VCU Biology, coauthored a study that evaluated the effects of six e-cigarette flavors by testing the vapors on tadpoles.  The Atlantic reports her findings.

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