SFSU Biology Department

Official news and announcements of the Department of Biology at San Francisco State University.

NOTABLE ALUMNUS: Jared Geibig (BS Physiology 2012) earned a M.D. from Tufts University’s School of Medicine and has begun a 3-year residency in Internal Medicine at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center.

NOTABLE ALUMNA: Marcia Rautenstraugh (BS Botany 1986) passed away April 27. She was an avid environmental activist and worked on many wetlands and habitat protection projects including the Suisun Bay restoration and the Eel River recovery.


Young Prophet$ of Biology
discovery day video..

In this episode, Kurt and Seo join Jordan as she prepares and executes the FIRST EVER San Francisco State campus Discovery Day. Will it be a success??


Young Prophet$ of Biology

YOUNG PROPHETS OF BIOLOGY SHORT EPISODE 2 This scorpion has been hiding a secret and Seo from Young Prophets is going to show you what that secret is. Aaron ...


Bio-Bulletin/BioNews | SFSU Department of Biology

The Spring 2018 issue of Biology's alumni publication, BioNews, is now available online at: http://biology.sfsu.edu/content/bio-bulletin This issue features articles on SACNAS (Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanic & Native Americans in Science) members who participated in last fall’s North Bay fire recovery efforts,award-winning staff member Trisha DeVera, top-RateMyProfessor.com lecturer, Heather Murdock, and Estuary & Ocean Science Center Director, Dr. Karina Nielsen in addition to announcements of some notable achievements of Biology alumni.

biology.sfsu.edu BioNews is the Department of Biology's bi-annual alumni newsletter featuring profiles and articles on Biology's people and programs.

Explorer Classroom | Ravinder Sehgal: Disease Ecologist

Professor Ravinder Segal on national geographic explorer classroom
National Geographic Education
Scheduled for Apr 27, 2018


Ravinder Sehgal is a professor in the Dept. of Biology at San Francisco State University. His research focuses on the ecology of diseases in birds. He studie...

[04/26/18]   SFSU Biology and SEPAL alumnus Iman Tassover has been admitted for graduate studies in the University of Toledo Master of Science in Biomedical science with a track to an MD program.

NOTABLE ALUMNUS: JEFF SCHINSKE (MS Ecology & Systematic Biology 2008) is a Biology instructor at Foothill College and the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teaching Award from the Society for College Science Teaching in recognition of his teaching excellence, scholarship and service.

NOTABLE ALUMNA: BRENDA CISNEROS (BS Physiology 2013) is pursuing a Ph.D. in Molecular & Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan where she was awarded a prestigious NIH Career Training in Reproductive Biology T32 grant.

NOTABLE ALUMNA: ALICIA BIRD (MS Physiology & Behavioral Biology 2016) is in the Graduate Group in Ecology at UC Davis studying the impacts of noise pollution on local birds. Her Master’s thesis “Skin Microbiomes of California Terrestrial Salamanders are Influenced by Habitat More than Host Phylogeny” was accepted for publication in Frontiers in Microbiology.

NOTABLE ALUMNUS: BRIAN PERRY (BS Ecology 1996; MA Ecology & Systematic Biology 2002) earned a Ph.D. in Organismic & Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University, and is the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at CSU East Bay.


The Pigeon Stalker

NOTABLE ALUMNA - Elizabeth Carlen (MS Ecology Evaluation and Conservation, 2015) who work with Dr. Jack Dumbacher at the California Academy of Sciences was interview by the New York Times

nytimes.com With her miniature laboratory in tow, a doctoral student is always on the hunt for pigeons, living or dead.

NOTABLE ALUMNA: CARLA SETTE (MS Physiology & Behavioral Biology 2010) is a Ph.D. candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz. Her thesis “Reconstructing Historical and Contemporary Disease Dynamics: A Case Study Using the California Slender Salamander” was published in Biological Conservation.

NOTABLE ALUMNA: CASSIE PINNELL (MS Ecology & Systematic Biology 2016) is a Senior Ecologist and Sacramento Office Lead of Vollmar Natural Lands Consulting, a California-based natural resource consulting and research company.

NOTABLE ALUMNA: KATHRYN DANIELSON (MS Marine Biology 2013) is a Program Strategist at Beyond, an international technology and ideas agency. She is designing learning and training experiences that support retail sales associates who sell Google hardware products.

NOTABLE ALUMNUS: JOHN RODRIGUEZ (MS Cell & Molecular Biology 2016) accepted a full-time, tenure-track position as a Biology Instructor at Merritt College in Oakland, California.

A bioluminescent mushroom (Mycena lucentipes) discovered by Dennis Desjardin, Professor, Director of the Harry D. Thiers Herbarium, and Biology alumnus (BS Biology 1983; MA Ecology & Systematic Biology 1985) is the first mushroom ever to grace a U.S. postage stamp, coming in 2018 in a series which celebrates the phenomenon of bioluminescence — the ability of some species to glow.


Bio-Bulletin/BioNews | SFSU Department of Biology

Fall 2017 BioNews now available in hard copies (see Biology Department office) and online at: http://biology.sfsu.edu/content/bio-bulletin The Fall issue features introductions to two new faculty members: Drs. Jason Cantley and Alejandro Velez Melendez. Learn about Biology’s ‘FishLab’ people and research, and the achievements, research and memories of some notable Biology alumni.

biology.sfsu.edu BioNews is the Department of Biology's bi-annual alumni newsletter featuring profiles and articles on Biology's people and programs.

NOTABLE ALUMNA: Jenny Carlson (MS Ecology & Systematic Biology 2010) has been selected as a 2018 Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences.

Trisha DeVera, SEPAL Program Administrator and Resource Center Manager, is the recipient of the 2017 Eden Staff Appreciation Award given in recognition of her 21 years of service in the College of Science & Engineering. Congratulations Trisha!

Notable Alumna: Laura Boykin (MA Ecology & Systematic Biology 1998) has been awarded a Gifted Citizen Prize for her research on white fly disease on cassava crops in tropical countries.

Celebration of Professor Rori Rohlfs' baby shower

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SFSU Biology Department gives back..

SACNAS chapter and our biology students helping deliver supplies and clean up in Santa Rosa in response to the devastating wildfires

Muscle Songs today with Gloria Nusse
Science Building 201, 3:35-4:50pm

Graduate Physiology major and alumna Amanda Carbajal (BS Zoology 2016) received a Women in Science & Engineering Scholarship (WISE) for her research focused on behavior-based neuroactive drug discovery to improve the quality of medications to treat and manage mental illnesses and neurological disease.

Dr. Kimberly Tanner received the American Society for Cell Biology’s 2017 Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education for her innovative contributions to science education. Dr. Tanner directs Biology’s Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory (SEPAL) which studies how science is taught and learned in classrooms. Her work focuses on creating positive experiences for students in science classrooms and increasing the diversity of students studying the sciences.


promoting inclusivity in computing

Students Cecelia Brown, Kimmie Tsui, Ryan Winstead and Ezequiel Lopez participating in Biology's newest program, Promoting Inclusivity in Computing (PINC), were pictured in an article 'CS + Biology Projects' published in Careers with Code. Learn more at: https://careerswithcode.com/2017/10/06/girl-coders-cs-biology-projects/

careerswithcode.com A coding program at SFSU is promoting inclusivity in computing through combining computer science (CS) + biology, with some amazing results.

Bio-Bulletin/BioNews | SFSU Department of Biology

Issues of the Spring 2017 edition of Biology’s alumni publication, BioNews, are now available in hard copies (in the department office) and online at: http://biology.sfsu.edu/content/bio-bulletin Learn how Biology researchers influenced a decision by BART to replace cloth seats and how another team is tackling Sea Star Wasting Disease. Read a short introduction to Biology’s newest Chair, Dr. Laura Burrus, alumni memories of Dr. Janis Kuby, notable alumni news, and more!

biology.sfsu.edu is the Department of Biology's bi-annual alumni newsletter featuring profiles and articles on Biology's people and programs.

SF State Biology Alumni Earth Day Event, April 22nd

Department of Biology Earth Day Celebration this Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9:30am-11am. Biology faculty and alumni are invited to join us at the downtown SF campus (Westfield Mall). We will have a light breakfast (muffins, bagels, fruit, coffee). Feel free to dress in school colors (purple, gold). Materials will be available to make signs and posters.
Location: SFSU Downtown campus, 835 Market Street, 6th floor. The building is near Market & Powell streets.

Click on the link to RSVP for this FREE event!

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[03/02/17]   The 2017 Spring Meeting of the Northern California Parasitologists took place at San Francisco State University. Three awards were given for student papers. The winner of the Balmuth-Horen award for Best Student Paper was Kerry O’Connor, (Swei Lab) for "Babesia duncani: The Search for Vector X." The winner of the Walter Carr award was RISE fellow, Liliana Cerna (Swei Lab) for "Geographic Distribution of Borrelia burgdorferi genotypes reveal spatial structuring." The winner of an Honorable Mention for a student paper was MARC fellow, Jordan Salomon (Swei Lab) for "Exploring the Impact of Habitat Fragmentation on Tick Burden and Tick Richness in a Lyme Disease Endemic Area."

How do animals experience pain? - Robyn J. Crook

Dr. Robyn Crook's TED Ed animation "How do Animals Experience Pain? has accrued more than 700,000 views. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j9Syov0AAw

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-do-animals-experience-pain-robyn-j-crook Humans know the surprising prick of a needle, the searing pain of a ...

Biodiversity and phylogeny of Marasmius (Agaricales, Basidiomycota) from Madagascar | SHAY | Phytotaxa

NOTABLE ALUMNA: Jackie Shay (MS Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology 2016) is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Merced. She is the lead author of "Biodiversity and Phylogeny of Marasmius (Agaricales, Basidiomycota) from Madagascar" published in Phytotaxa. Learn more by visiting: http://www.mapress.com/j/pt/article/view/phytotaxa.292.2.1

mapress.com Biodiversity and phylogeny of Marasmius (Agaricales, Basidiomycota) from Madagascar


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NOTABLE ALUMNUS: Douglas Husbands (BS Physiology 1983) is a Doctor of Chiropractic, Certified Clinical Nutritionist and will soon complete requirements for an Institute of Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. To learn more about Dr. Husbands, visit: www.HolisticHealthBayArea.com

holistichealthbayarea.com Looking for Functional Medicine doctors? Douglas Husbands DC CCN, uncovers and treats underlying causes, not just symptoms. Free 10 minute consult available.

Bio-Bulletin/BioNews | SFSU Department of Biology

The Fall issue of BioNews is available now in hard copies at the Biology Department Office and online at: http://biology.sfsu.edu/content/bio-bulletin Discover the rich history of the Romberg Tiburon Center, the work of Education and Outreach Coordinator, Erin Blackwood, and notable alumni including Dr. Julio Ramirez.

biology.sfsu.edu BioNews is the Department of Biology's bi-annual alumni newsletter featuring profiles and articles on Biology's people and programs.

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