Metabolomics expert Arthur Edison

Posted 3 years 2 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 3 years 3 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 12 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...

New genetics research: direct conversion of biomass

Posted 4 years 2 months ago

More potentially transformative new research from the department of genetics, this time in the realm of transportation fuels. For sometime now, biofuels have held great promise - and have been the focus of great controversy. But the economics of the conversion process of grasses to fuels may have finally seen its last barrier fall:

Pre-treatment of the biomass feedstock—non-food crops such as switchgrass and miscanthus—is the step of breaking down plant cell walls before fermentation into ethanol. This pre-treatment step has long been the economic bottleneck hindering fuel...

Two genetics professors receive CAREER awards

Posted 4 years 7 months ago

The National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars, providing crucial laboratory support to promising young researchers. Congratulations to assistant professors Andrea Sweigart and Dave Nelson of department of genetics, who were each awarded five-year, $1 million grants by this program:

Sweigart is an evolutionary biologist who studies quantitative genetics and the processes that give rise to biological species, known as speciation. The grant will support further research on hybrid sterility, a...