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The Department of Biology is a close-knit community of faculty, staff, and students bound by a shared curiosity and respect for the living world. 

May 18, 2021
Patricia Santos-Ciminera, visiting assistant professor of biology, has recently presented at the Helminthological Society of Washington on “Parasite abundance and diversity in river otters (Lontra canadensis) within tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay.” The research was executed along with two SMCM… Find Out More
May 3, 2021
Sarah Latchney, assistant professor of biology and neuroscience, has recently been published in Developmental Neurobiology titled, “Persistent organic pollutants at the synapse: Shared phenotypes and converging mechanisms of developmental neurotoxicity.”

In this article, Latchney reviewed the… Find Out More
April 22, 2021
Visiting Professor in Biology Thomas M. Evans predicted early lampreys did not have a larval stage in a paper he coauthored in 2018 titled “The Evolution of Lamprey (Petromyzontida) Life History and the Origin of Metamorphosis,” which is now cited in a paper published in the prestigious journal… Find Out More
March 8, 2021
Karen Crawford, professor of biology, and SMCM alumna Madeline Gibson ’19 recently presented, “Filling in the gaps: Fibroblast growth factor 10 induced intercalary regeneration in salamanders” at the annual meeting of the Society for Comparative and Integrative Biology. Professor Crawford also… Find Out More
February 24, 2021
Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Kelly Neiles, along with colleagues at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, have accepted an invitation from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to participate in an Inclusive Excellence Learning Community. The award includes $30,000… Find Out More
February 18, 2021
Karen Crawford, professor of biology, has been appointed to the External Advisory Committee for the Vermont Biomedical Research Network (VBRN).
The VBRN is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health to promote biomedical research in the state of Vermont. The External Advisory… Find Out More
February 2, 2021
Indrajit Chaudhury, visiting assistant professor of biology, has recently been published in FEBS Letters titled, “Fanconi anemia and mTOR pathways functionally interact during stalled replication fork recovery.”
In this article, Chaudhury and colleagues demonstrate that the non-Fanconi anemia (FA)… Find Out More
December 18, 2020
A research photograph taken by Professor of Biology Karen Crawford has been selected by Nature as one of the top 10 scientific images of 2020. 

According to Nature, “2020 has been a year like no other. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed science to the forefront and dominated lives. But the year also… Find Out More
November 30, 2020
Sarah Latchney, assistant professor of biology and neuroscience, has recently been published in Neuroscience Letters titled, “Acute 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin exposure in adult mice does not alter the morphology or inflammatory response of cortical microglia.”
In this article, Latchney and… Find Out More
September 18, 2020
Assistant Professor of Biology Emily Brownlee was recently awarded a $21,840 grant from the National Science Foundation for her project titled: “Collaborative Research FSML: PhytoChop: An estuarine phytoplankton observatory.” The two-year award began August 1, and will help fund Brownlee’s… Find Out More