Faculty in the Department of Biology have had a productive year, with two promotions in the department and four new grants:



  • Dr. Anthony Geneva, Assistant Professor, received a $502,001.00 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for his project, “Evolutionary Genomics of Atadenoviruses.” Dr. Geneva also received an NSF Training Grant in the amount of $1,999,999.00 for the project, “Codes for Life – Artificial Intelligence and Sustainable Software for Biomolecular Interactions,” on which he is co-PI with Dr. Grace Brannigan, Professor of Physics
  • Dr. Eric Klein, Associate Professor, received a Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) grant from NSF for the project, “Mechanisms and physiological functions of bacterial sphingolipids,” in the amount of $756,559.00. Dr. Brannigan serves as the co-PI.
  • Dr. Xingyun Qi, Assistant Professor, received a Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO) grant from NSF for her project, “Investigation of the role of ABA in stomatal formation in a novel drought-tolerant mutant,” in the amount of $445,676.00. Dr. Qi also received a grant for her project “Osmotic regulation of a peptide ligand-mediated signaling” from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) R35 for $1,956,467.00.
  • Dr. Maria Solesio, Assistant Professor, received a NSF grant for “Mitochondrial inorganic polyphosphate (polyP) as a key regulator of mammalian mitochondrial physiology” in the amount of $949,958.00. She received the NIH R35 grant for “Mitochondrial inorganic polyphosphate in the mammalian stress response” in the amount of $1,956,467.00.