Message from the Chair

2020 taught our community about resilience and compassion. In contrast to the divisiveness in our country, our leadership, faculty, staff, and students came together to support and care for our community. We are thankful for our students who put others first by prioritizing public health guidelines and our faculty and staff who have gone above their normal responsibilities to ensure that our students continue to receive an education of the highest quality. 

While the pandemic exacerbated the inequalities ingrained in our society, Biology came together to discuss the experiences of women in academia. Our community watched and discussed the documentary "Picture A Scientist", which explores the experiences of several women scientists as they encounter sexist and racist treatment during their careers. We are thankful for a community that strives to be better. 

Richard Snyder, BA 1986

Snyder, Founder of Florida Biologix, is named Innovator of the Year for 2020

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Harsh Moolani, BA 2019

Harsh Moolani, a 2019 graduate who studied neuroscience in Arts & Sciences, was named a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

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Dani Wilder, BA 2020

Wilder leverages her experiences as both client and provider of disability resources to help local students

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Awards & Notables

Keith Hengen

Assistant Professor Keith Hengen awarded $1.8M to study sleep’s contribution to brain function

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Jordan Brock

Graduate student Jordan Brock who works in the Olsen lab receives two grants, including a $26K grant from the USDA

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Barbara Kunkel

Professor Kunkel is among 7 Washington University faculty named 2020 AAAS fellows

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"The most impactful college experience I had was working as an undergraduate research assistant in Sally Elgin's lab studying DNA organization in Drosophila, which opened so many doors as I learned how to do basic science research, had the chance to present at scientific meetings, completed a senior thesis, and even received the Department's Spector Prize. These experiences and Sally's generous mentorship, in particular, changed the course of my career as I realized I wanted to pursue Ph.D. training in addition to medical school. I look back at my time at WashU as a turning point in my life, when I was given the awesome opportunity to explore research, build my CV, and solidify my goal of becoming a physician-scientist." PC: Penn Medicine

Dr. Cory Simpson, AB 2003

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