When thieving weeds attack

Posted 2 years 7 months ago

An international group of scientists that includes assistant professor of genetics Dave Nelson has discovered how parasitic plants, which steal their nutrients from another living plant, evolved the ability to detect and attack their hosts. Their findings were  published recently in the journal Science:

As plant roots grow, they release hormones called strigolactones into the soil. This is a signal that normally helps fungi form a beneficial connection to the plant, in which they each trade nutrients. But the seeds of parasitic plants also possess the ability to sense strigolactones...

Pew Scholar in biomedical sciences

Posted 2 years 9 months ago

Congratulations to Bob Schmitz, assistant professor of genetics, who was recently named a Pew scholar in the biomedical sciences by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Schmitz, an assistant professor of genetics in UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, joins the ranks of more than 600 outstanding scientists who have been selected as Pew scholars in the 30 years since the program's inception and whose careers have been dedicated to bold scientific discoveries.


Schmitz's research focuses on epigenetics. His laboratory is particularly interested in exploring a...

Metabolomics expert Arthur Edison

Posted 2 years 9 months ago

Metabolomics is the study of chemical processes involving metabolites, and specifically, the system of unique chemical fingerprints that specific cellular processes leave behind. The metabolome represents the collection of all metabolites in a biological cell, tissue, organ or organism, so it is easy to see how this complex is intertwined into many new frontiers of research in human health. 

Arthur S. Edison, one of the leading experts on nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and metabolomics is joining the faculty at UGA as its newest Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar:...

Roosevelt Institute Campus Network

Posted 2 years 10 months ago

Nice article on the excellent work of UGA students beyond the classroom as part of the Roosevelt Institute, learning as they influence broader public policies:

The Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, founded in 2004, is a national organization that strives to uphold the values cast into the public discourse by Franklin, Eleanor and Theodore Roosevelt and to promote the next generation of leaders through progressive policy. In 2006, Rhodes Scholar Deep Shah (international affairs and genetics) and Gabriel Allen co-founded the UGA chapter of the student-run think tank that...

Genetics researchers unveil fully functional lab-grown thymus

Posted 3 years 6 months ago

A major advance from researchers in the department of genetics:

A team of scientists including researchers from the University of Georgia have grown a fully functional organ from scratch in a living animal for the first time.


The researchers created a thymus, a butterfly-shaped gland and vital component of the human immune system. Located beneath the breastbone in the upper chest, the thymus is responsible for producing T-lymphocytes, or T-cells, which help organize and lead the body’s fighting forces against threats like bacteria, viruses and even cancerous cells...