The Division of Biological Sciences

Biology, as the study of living systems, reveals the fundamental principles that govern the complexity within our cells, in the diverse organisms around us, and across vast landscapes. Thus, biology also provides the insights and tools necessary to address real-world problems, from conserving rare species to understanding the mechanisms of human disease. In the Division of Biological Sciences, we are committed to fundamental research excellence, to training the next generation of scientists and leaders through innovative graduate and undergraduate programs, and to fostering biological literacy in our communities.

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Assistant Professor Patrick Secor awarded Transformational Award

Phage---Infected-Cell.jpgAssistant Professor Patrick R. Secor has been awarded a Transformational Award from the Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust. The two-year grant of $1 million dollars aims to fund Secor and his collaborators at Stanford University, The Ohio State, and Baylor University to develop therapeutics that target a filamentous bacteriophage, or a virus, that infects bacteria like Pseudomonas aeruginosa (See image). Secor and his collaborators at Stanford discovered that filamentous bacteriophage promote several pathogenic features of bacteria including enhanced antibiotic tolerance, desiccation survival, and bacterial adherence to mucosal surfaces (Cell Host & Microbe, 2015; 18:549-59; Infection and Immunity, 2017;85: e00648-16.