Matthew Salanga, an assistant professor in NAU’s Department of Biological Sciences, is leading an 18-month project funded through a Flinn Foundation grant of $100,000. His team, which includes experts in experimental biology, computational systems biology and translational medicine, will study melanoma tumors on zebrafish, a small minnow-sized fish that has 70 percent of the same genes that are found in humans. Physiologically, zebrafish also have pigment cells in their skin, called melanocytes, which give them their stripes… Read more
This award was established in memory of Brad McRae to help NAU graduate students develop their own innovative ideas to advance conservation of biodiversity or wilderness. It is anticipated that 1 to 3 fellowships ($2,500 to $7,500 each) will be awarded annually.
Documents should be submitted to Denise.Walters@nau.edu by 5:00 PM Monday, March 2, 2020.
Gartersnakes in Arizona have been classified as a threatened species since 2014. This year, student researchers at Northern Arizona University found another threat facing them.
In collaboration with Matthew Allender’s lab at the University of Illinois’ Wildlife Epidemiology Laboratory and led by herpetologist Erika Nowak, the students documented the first evidence of snake fungal disease in wild snakes in Arizona. This disease, an emerging disease specific to snakes, is caused by the fungal pathogen Ophidiomyces ophidiicola. It invades… Read more
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
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.