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UAA Biological Sciences
Our department is not just for researchers. We play a critical role in the education of life science and health majors across the UAA campus.
Our department is not just for researchers. We play a critical role in the education of life science and health majors across the UAA campus.

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Students are midway through the summer semester and all is quiet here on the UAA Campus! 

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The 2014 UAA Undergraduate Research & Discovery Symposium is going on today. Congrats to all our students! 
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Upcoming lecture this Thursday: "What I Did With My Biological Sciences Degree" by Robert Beckman of ERM Alaska, Inc.  Don't miss it!

Are you a zombie fan? Dr. Michael Harris, associate professor of neuroscience and integrative physiology at UAF uses zombies as an example in his classes to explain neurobiology and animal physiology. He will be a keynote speaker for the Undergraduate Research & Discovery Symposium in RH 101 on April 17, 2014 at 7:30pm. ‪#‎UAAZombies‬ ‪#‎ZombiePhysiology‬ ‪#‎neurobiology‬

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Internship opportunity right here at UAA! 

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UAA Biological Sciences Student, Nicole Stopa, is defending her thesis, "Chromatin Modifiers in Xenopus laevis: Protein Arginine Methyltransferase 5 Function and Williams Syndrome Transcription Factor Complexes in Development." Please join us in the UAA ConocoPhillips Integrated Sciences Building, Room 120. 

Inside our cells DNA is condensed and stored with the help of proteins, especially histones. This mix of DNA and proteins is termed chromatin. Manipulations of chromatin include post-translational modifications (PTMs) of histone proteins, such as the addition of methyl or acetyl groups, and the movement of histones by chromatin remodeling complexes to control how tightly or which regions of DNA are condensed or exposed. These actions can impact gene expression and influence the differentiation of tissues during development. I investigated if protein arginine methyltransferase 5 (PRMT5), which mono- or symmetrically dimethylates arginine, is acting on histones during early development in Xenopus laevis. I also investigated if Williams syndrome transcription factor (WSTF) occurs within chromatin remodeling complexes during early development in X. laevis. WSTF interacts with the protein ISWI in early embryos, indicating it is part of a chromatin remodeling complex during this period of development.

Biological Sciences Student, Ashley Stanek, is defending her thesis on January 30th at 10AM in UAA's Rasmuson Hall, Room 110.  "Dietary ecology of Alaskan gray wolves: variation in seasonal foraging strategies in a salmon subsidized ecosystem."

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Melissa Shein, M.D., Inupiaq, was a student in the ANSEP(tm) Summer Bridge Program during the summer 1999 at BP. She graduated with a degree in biological sciences from UAA. She attended the University of Washington School of Medicine. She currently practices family medicine at the Alaska Native Medical Center in the Primary Care Clinic.

Hear about how a degree in biological sciences from UAA led Dr. Shein to a career in medicine.

University of Alaska Anchorage
ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building
Room 105A

Free Pizza! 

Class start Monday!

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The UAA REU Program is now open for applicants! #UAAmazing  opportunities to study with the UAA Biological Sciences faculty this summer in the great state of Alaska.  For more info, visit the website:
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