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March 2016 awards round-up

Matias Kirst Received the UF Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award from the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences. Kirst is a professor in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation Nicholas Muzyczka Will be inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame this...
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UFGI faculty member heads to Brazil to study Zika virus

A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher will return to Brazil to study the ability of two mosquito species to transmit the Zika virus. The yellow fever mosquito – Aedes aegypti – and the Asian tiger mosquito – Aedes albopictus – are...
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Researchers put $6 million in USDA grants toward saving citrus industry

The USDA calculates Florida’s citrus industry is producing half the oranges it did four years ago. The culprit? A bacterium called huanglongbing disease or “citrus greening.” Right now, there is no known cure. And, if something isn’t done, the Florida Department of Citrus...
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Kimball–Braun lab findings improve understanding of galliforme evolution, research techniques

Collaboration between Genetics Institute faculty Edward Braun and Rebecca Kimball is producing a veritable flock of papers. Braun, an associate professor, and Kimball, a professor, both in the department of biology, have three papers out in February publicizing results related...
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Conesa paper offers guidelines for more precise RNA-seq data analysis

A team headed by Genetics Institute faculty member Ana Conesa is attempting to bring some order to the Wild West of RNA-seq data analysis. Although the technology– used to study gene expression– has been available for almost a decade, Conesa, professor of microbiology and cell...
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Post-doc in de Crecy-Lagard lab finds novel modification system in DNA

A modification system previously thought only to exist in RNA has been found to also exist in the DNA of some bacteria. The discovery was made by research teams managed by Valérie de Crécy–Lagard, a UFGI faculty member and professor in the UF department of microbiology and cell...
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Panos Pardalos to be inducted into AIMBE College of Fellows

Panos Pardalos, a Genetics Institute faculty member, has been chosen by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering for induction into its College of Fellows. Pardalos, distinguished professor in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, is a Paul and Heidi...
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Davis appointed associate dean for UF/IFAS research

John Davis, professor and associate director of the School of Forest Resources and Conservation in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has been named associate dean for UF/IFAS research. “Dr. Davis is an excellent researcher and teacher, and...
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