organismal biology

Octopus genome sequenced

August 12, 2015

The first whole genome analysis of an octopus has been completed by an international team of scientist led by Clifton Ragsdale, associate professor of neurobiology and organismal biology and anatomy. Their findings reveal the unique genomic features that likely played a role in the evolution of octopus traits such as large complex nervous systems and adaptive camouflage. [Read more]

Stephanie Palmer: A (real) theoretical neuroscientist

April 9, 2015

As a chemical physics major in college and Rhodes Scholar in theoretical physics at Oxford, Stephanie Palmer, PhD, didn’t exactly seem destined for a career in neuroscience. But Palmer now works understand how brains recognize and predict things about the world around us. If that weren't enough, she also runs neuroscience student workshops (and yes, that is a dissected cockroach leg dancing to Uptown Funk) [Read more]