Vanderbilt Biological Sciences
Graduate Student Organization

Service Projects!

GSA helpin' out the Nashville community!

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Dr. Seth Ament

Seth Ament
Faculty Candidate

“Systems Genetics of Neuropsychiatric Disorders”

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Dr. Ann Tate

Ann Thomas Tate
Faculty Candidate

“The molecules-to-populations ecology of innate immune systems”

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Dr. Nicole Creanza

Nicole Creanza
Faculty Candidate

“The Evolutionary Dynamics of Learned
Behaviors: Insights from Birds and Humans”

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Dr. Michael Stiffler

Michael Stiffler
Faculty Candidate

“A systems-level perspective on protein function and evolution”

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Faculty vs. Students Softball Game 2015

The capstone event of the annual BioSci Retreat was once again the faculty versus students softball game, which took place on Friday afternoon. The game was nearly cancelled when once of Vandy's eagle-eyed Rec Center staff members took exception to some of the participants "jumping" the fence prior to the gate being unlocked. Cooler heads prevailed and the contest began with the students grabbing a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning. The faculty wasted no time in recapturing the momentum, scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st, but the game was hotly contested and the action was intense with the lead changing hands several times. The pitcher for the faculty team was nearly decapitated in the middle innings by a hot line drive right up the middle, but the elderly statesman demonstrated his cat-like reflexes and made a miraculous catch to get the out and save some teeth. "Truthfully, I thought I was dead", was his candid reaction. After 6 innings of play the faculty held a slim 9-6 edge, but the resilient student team answered back in the top of the 7th with 3 runs to knot the score. The faculty came to bat in the bottom of the 7th needing only 1 run to win. Postdoc Bart Roland smashed a deep drive into center field for a triple and scored just one batter later to end the game in dramatic fashion. Many of those involved remarked that the game was one of the best contests in recent memory. In a show of solidarity to all things biological, players from both sides came together at Kay Bob's on 21st Avenue to share a post-game round of adult beverages. Bragging rights to the faculty, at least until next year!

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Dr. Fred Hughson

Department of Biological Sciences Seminar Series

Fred Hughson, Ph.D.
Princeton University
“Orchestrating the capture and fusion of intracellular transport vesicles”

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Dr. Adam Hughes

Department of Biological Sciences Seminar Series

Adam Hughes, Ph.D.
University of Utah
“The Impact of Aging on Organelle Homeostasis”

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2015 International Food and Culture Event

An evening of Indian food, music, and trivia

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Dr. James Collins

Department of Biological Sciences Seminar Series

James Collins, Ph.D.
Arizona State University
“Emerging infectious diseases, synthetic biology, and two faces of extinction”

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Dr. Peter Narins

Department of Biological Sciences Seminar Series

Peter Narins, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
“High-end audio: Neurothology of ultrasonic communication in amphibians”

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Research In Progress

Hannah Hankins
Graham Lab
“The role of phosphatidylserine flippase activity in lateral membrane organization”

Mehmet Takar
Graham Lab
“Defining the roles of Neo1 in membrane asymmetry and vesicular transport”

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Dr. Carlos Portera-Cailliau

GSA invited speaker

Carlos Portera-Cailliau, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
“A circuit to symptom approach to understanding fragile X syndrome”

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Dr. Larisa DeSantis

Department of Biological Sciences Seminar Series

Larisa R. G. DeSantis, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University
“Clarifying Mammalian Responses to Climate Change: Lessons Learned from Deep-Time”

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Dr. Sarah Zanders

Faculty Candidate Seminar

Sarah Zanders, Ph.D.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
“How to cheat at sex and win”

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Dr. Nicholas Teets

Faculty Candidate Seminar

Nicholas Teets, Ph.D.
University of Florida
“Cellular and molecular mechanisms of environmental stress tolerance in insects: From basic principles to practical applications”

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Dr. Hao Yuah Koeh

Faculty Candidate Seminar

Hao Yuan Kueh, Ph.D.
California Institute of Technology
“The dynamics, function and design of mammalian cell fate control circuits”

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Dr. Jared Nordman

Faculty Candidate Seminar

Jared Nordman, Ph.D.
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
“Developmentally programmed changes in gene copy number: Insights into metazoan chromosomal fragility and DNA replication control”

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Dr. Rachel McCord

Faculty Candidate Seminar

Rachel McCord, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts
“The 3D Genome: Folding, Misfolding and Unfolding”

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Dr. Heng-Chi Lee

Faculty Candidate Seminar

Heng-Chi Lee, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts
“Small RNAs-mediated epigenetic silencing of foreign nucleic acids in C. elegans”

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Dr. Ryan Gray

Faculty Candidate Seminar

Ryan Gray, Ph.D.
Washington University
"Understanding spine development from extracellular matrix to G-Protein Coupled Receptors"

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