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NIH grant awarded to CMMB professor
[10.12.2015]
Younghoon Kee, Ph.D., a University of South Florida assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, has been awarded a $438,610 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

CAS researchers discover potential antibiotic cure for MRSA
[01.29.2015]
A breakthrough discovery in antibiotic compounds used to treat resistant strains of bacteria has earned University of South Florida Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Biology Lindsey (Les) Shaw Ph.D. and microbiology graduate student Whittney Burda a U.S. Patent for their novel research.

CAS professor named fellow of the prestigious Linnean Society
[07.01.2014]
James Garey, Ph.D., chair and professor for the Department of Cell Biology, was selected to become a fellow of the Linnean Society in London, U.K.

CAS professor selected for American Microbiological Society Lecture Program
[03.19.2014]
An integrative biology professor has been chosen as a Distinguished Lecturer for the American Society of Microbiology.

CAS professor receives National Institutes of Health grant
[03.19.2014]
A University of South Florida professor in the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology has received another grant from the National Institutes of Health.

CAS professor receives third NIH award of the academic year
[2.22.2014]
A professor in the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology at the University of South Florida has earned another award form the National Institutes of Health.

3 CAS professors named AAAS Fellows
[01.20.2014]
Three College of Arts and Sciences faculty members at the University of South Florida in Tampa were named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2013. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. In total, USF had six faculty members awarded this distinction in 2013.

USF to host NYT Best-Selling Author of "Proof of Heaven"
[12.03.2013]
By telling the story of his near-death experience, Dr. Eben Alexander III’s book, “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife” became a New York Times best-seller. The controversial claims have led him to being interviewed by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Katie Couric, and Larry King.

CMMB faculty publishes new findings in PNAS
[08.26.2013]
The Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology Professor Sameer Varma and his collaborators in Germany published their findings on the “hydrophilic” character of methyl groups on Aug. 5, 2013, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Their case studies of potassium channels provide a paradigm shift in the understanding of the role of methyl groups in biology.

CAS professor publishes series on water pollution
[07.16.2013]
A University of South Florida biology professor recently published a series of papers on the subject of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB), detecting sources of fecal pollution, and the response of contaminating bacteria to natural forces such as other microorganisms and sunlight that would clean the contaminating bacteria from the environment.

CAS student interest in science leads to scholarship
[05.31.2013]
It started in high school when University of South Florida student Christie Campla became interested in biology. Her desire for research has earned the fifth-year senior many scholarships such as USF Holcombe First Generation in College, USF Honors College Discovery Research, Barry M. Goldwater and now, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Oxford Cambridge scholarship.

CAS faculty recognized
[04.16.2013]
20 University of South Florida faculty members were honored on Monday, April 15, with a dinner and formal awards ceremony in Lifsey House on the USF campus in acknowledgment of their recent professional recognitions by a number of the world’s top scholarly and research organizations. Nine of the 20 honorees are College of Arts and Sciences faculty.

CAS researchers publish findings in prestigious journal
[04.23.2013]
Two researchers from the College of Arts and Sciences recently had their findings published in the Cell Death & Disease Journal. Edward Haller, Department Integrative Biology, and Meera Nanjundan, Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, utilized molecular biology, histology and electron microscopy to study the cellular response of normal and malignant ovarian epithelial cells to iron in their environment.

CMMB student receives prestigious scholarship
[03.15.2013]
Kenyaria Noble is committed to medical research, and her hard work and dedication is being recognized in the form of a prestigious scholarship. The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences junior is one of 15 students nationwide to receive a $30,000 United Negro College Fund (UNCF)/Merck Science Initiative Scholarship to support her research studying the basic mechanisms of aging and aging-related disorders, such as Alzheimer’s.

14 USF students receive CMMB awards
[12.18.2012]
On Friday, Dec. 14, the University of South Florida’s Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology (CMMB) held an award ceremony recognizing their outstanding graduates.

15 USF faculty named AAAS Fellows
[11.29.2012]
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named 15 faculty at the University of South Florida as AAAS Fellows this year. With expertise that ranges from stem cells, climate change and toxicology to graduate education, computer science and blueberries, USF’s 2012 AAAS Fellows are an outstanding example of the high level of teaching, research and scholarship at USF.

CMMB honors students, teachers at annual convocation
[06.06.2012]
The University of South Florida Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology held its annual Honors Convocation on May 4, to celebrate the accomplishments of its students and educators.

USF student receives prestigious Goldwater Scholarship
[04.12.2012]
Christie Campla of the University of South Florida has been awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Campla is one of only 302 United States students to receive the scholarship. The one-year scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Interdisciplinary Sciences building receives Gold Standard
[03.01.2012]
The new Interdisciplinary Science Teaching and Research building has attained LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council, the national organization which has set the standard for sustainable buildings.

USF assistant professor receives R&D 100 Award
[10.25.2011]
University of South Florida’s Sameer Varma, an assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, was recognized by R&D Magazine’s top 100 inventions of the year his work developing a water desalinization membrane.

USF soil study reveals true diversity of life; new species discovered
[10.17.2011]
Microscopic animals that live in soils are as diverse in the tropical forests of Costa Rica as they are in the arid grasslands of Kenya or the tundra and boreal forests of Alaska and Sweden, according to a groundbreaking University of South Florida study appearing today in the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences.

USF to officially open Interdisciplinary Sciences Building
[09.26.2011]
University of South Florida students already have been enjoying the benefits of the brand-new science building on campus, and on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, the public will get a glimpse of the latest addition to USF when the university commemorates the opening of the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in front of the main entrance. This new building is home to interdisciplinary research and state-of-the-art teaching labs for students in physics, biology and chemistry.

Alumni Spotlight: Deborah Kuhn, Ph.D.
[09.14.2011]
Every student comes to the University of South Florida with a path, and Deborah Kuhn easily figured out where her path would lead. After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology, Kuhn learned that USF has begun a cancer biology doctoral program and immediately applied upon finding that many of the professors were affiliated with the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.

A journey of scientific and self discovery
[07.08.2010]
USF senior Amber Schmidt spends hours every week doing immunology research on the progression of myelodysplastic syndrome to acute myeloid leukemia in the lab of Dr. Epling-Burnette at Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute on the USF campus. Her greatest discovery to date, however, did not occur as she peered into a test tube.