Edwin (Chip) Ferguson, PhD, Appointed as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


Congratulations to Edwin (Chip) Ferguson, PhD, for his appointment as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs!

Olufunmilayo F. Olopade Elected to the National Academy of Sciences


Five University of Chicago scholars have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, joining other scientists and researchers chosen in “recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.”

Matthew Stephens named the Ralph W. Gerard Professor in the Departments of Statistics and Human Genetics and the College


Matthew Stephens has been named the Ralph W. Gerard Professor in the Departments of Statistics and Human Genetics and the College. Stephens’ research focuses on a wide variety of problems at the interface of statistics and genetics. His lab often tackles problems where novel statistical methods are required, or can learn something new compared with existing approaches. Much of that work involves developing new statistical methodologies, many of which have a non-trivial computational component.

Sue Levison selected to receive BSD Staff Leadership Award


Sue Levison, graduate education administrator for Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology and Human Genetics, has been chosen to receive the Leadership Award at the Biological Sciences Division's second annual Excellence in Staff Awards reception.

BSD Graduate Programs Video


Thank you to all the faculty and graduate students who helped create this video on the BSD Graduate Programs.

Covid-19 Shifting Research Priorities: Expand Your Perspective Podcast with Chris Stamper and Linsin Smith


In Episode 3 of the Expand Your Perspective Podcast, "Coronavirus and COVID-19: Shifting Research Priorities" Immunology graduate student Chris Stamper talks about how his lab shifted the focus of their antibody research to deepen our understanding of the coronavirus and aid in the development of a vaccine. 

Oni Basu University of Chicago genomics researcher receives prestigious NIH New Innovator Award


University of Chicago genomics researcher receives prestigious NIH New Innovator Award

Anindita “Oni” Basu, PhD, an assistant professor of genetic medicine at the University of Chicago, has received the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award.

Black patients at higher risk for contracting COVID-19 Featuring Ayodeji Adegunsoye, MD


Black patients at higher risk for contracting COVID-19, according to new research

Results of an analysis published in the Journal of the American Thoracic Society found that Black individuals were twice as likely as White individuals to test positive for COVID-19. The average age of all participants in the study was 46. However, those infected were on average 52 years old, compared to those who tested negative, who were 45 on average.

Congratulations to PhD Graduates


We congratulate all of our 2019-20 PhD graduates from the BSD.  Each has attained the highest degree awarded, and some have had their extraordinary accomplishments acknowledged through the award of their program's prize for contributions to their field.  Simone Rauch’s outstanding thesis work has additionally been recognized with the BSD Best Dissertation Award.  We also recognize Professor Megan McNerney, nominated by her students for her passion for research and dedication to training, as a recipient of the University’s Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award.

Three students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships - Featuring GGSB Student Jaeda Patton (Thornton Lab)


UChicago Biosciences graduate students Amanda Keplinger (Cell and Molecular Biology, Advisor: Alexander Ruthenburg), Hannah Martin (Neurobiology, Advisor: Ruth Anne Eatock) and Jaeda Patton (Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology, Advisor: Joseph Thornton), have been awarded 2020 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. This highly competitive fellowship program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.