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Message from the Chair

It is time to celebrate the end of another school year! We celebrate our graduates who have worked hard during their time at WashU, our faculty members who helped prepare them for their chosen career paths, and our staff who supported the students' needs through their WashU experience. 

Every year, the department awards the Ralph S. Quatrano Prize to celebrate an undergraduate student's thesis work for its creativity in design, research methodology, and broader scientific implications. This year, Ethan Lowder received the award. The department also awards the Marion Smith Spector Prize to a biology major for academic excellence and outstanding achievement in research. This year, Kayla Wallace received the award. Congratulations to the winners! 

Finally, we are thrilled to share that the department is growing. We have hired five faculty members this year, including Assistant Professors Jennifer Wang and Duygu Özpolat; Professor Xuehua Zhong; Assistant Professor Liz Mallott, who was hired through the Provost's Race & Ethnicity Cluster Hire Initiative in Environmental Justice; and Lecturer Janet Goins. Goins is also the department's coordinator of undergraduate research experiences working to enhance the department's resources for undergraduate researchers--helping them find and have successful research experiences that will better prepare them for their future careers. We hope you take a minute to get to know her by reading the faculty spotlight above. 


We hope you can take a minute to update us on your personal and professional accomplishments. We also welcome you to share your memories of your time spent at Washington University. 

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Ryan Emenecker, PhD 2021

Ryan Emenecker won the 2022 Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation. The $50,000 prize recognizes excellence and creativity in young biomedical scientists who have potential to make scientific breakthroughs.

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Amelia Nguyen, PhD 2016

Amelia Nguyen sat down for an interview to discuss her transition from being a graduate student in academia to a biologist at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Awards & Notables

Joe Jez

Professor and Chair of Biology Joe Jez received the David Hadas Teaching Award from Arts & Sciences.

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Yehuda Ben-Shahar

Professor Yehuda Ben-Shahar was recognized by the Neuroscience Program Steering Committee for his outstanding commitment to teaching in the neuroscience community with an Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Adalee Lube

Graduate student Adalee Lube was recognized by the Neuroscience Program Steering Committee for her outstanding commitment to teaching in the neuroscience community with an Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Ryan Calcutt & Kari Miller

Graduate student Ryan Calcutt is a finalist for the Dean’s Award for Graduate Research Excellence. Graduate student Kari Miller is a semi-finalist for the award.

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Erik Herzog

Professor Erik Herzog was promoted to the Viktor Hamburger Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences.

“I ran a CAMP program which stands for “California Alliance for Minority Participation”. I would tell those students, and feel the same way about all my students, that my door is always open and they should never hesitate to reach out to me. Once a CAMPer, always a CAMPer."

Janet Goins

Biology Lecturer & Coordinator of Undergraduate Research Experiences

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