Geneticist Faith Walker and wildlife ecologist Carol Chambers wanted a better look at the 1,406 known species of bats, so after years of trying to meet the bats where they were, they turned to what the bats left behind: feces. Research into bat guano led to the creation of the Species from Feces assay, which can test DNA from bat guano and tell the researchers which… Read more
Wildlife disease ecologist Jeff Foster, an associate professor of biology in the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute, will focus on the fungal genetics aspects of the project. WNS is caused by the Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) fungus, which colonizes the bat’s skin, eating away at its wing membranes during hibernation. As a result, the fungus completely disrupts the physiology of a hibernating bat, depleting its fat reserves, causing electrolyte imbalance and increased exposure to harsh winters. … Read more
Nicholas Gaspar, a biomedical science major, received a $5,000 scholarship from SR Education Group. Gaspar hopes to take a year off after graduating in order to volunteer as an EMT while studying for the MCAT. His aspirations to continue research and learning throughout life, combined with has ambitions to become a doctor, are made more possible with the scholarship.
Biology student, Daryn Erickson has been working at NAU’s Pathogen and Microbiome Institute for two years testing mosquitoes for the viruses that cause West Nile, Zika and dengue fever. Read more here.
Dr. Taylor Joyal exemplifies all of the qualities that NAU strives for in our faculty. He is an inspiring teacher who works tirelessly to continually create up-to-date and engaging course materials. His ideas and dedication to student-centered learning are helping reinvigorate degree programs and train a community of thoughtful, caring citizens, equipped to solve some of the most difficult problems faced by society.