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Note from the Chair

We are certainly in unusual times right now and the targets continue to move daily. After some initial frustrations moving our courses online, this appears to have been a remarkable success considering. Despite a few glitches, most faculty and students are reporting some appreciation to be able to continue coursework and other activities online. Many thanks to all our dedicated instructors and teaching assistants who worked so hard to make this happen. Meanwhile, the frustrations of learning new software are coming into perspective as we hear of people losing jobs, health, and even life. We will attempt to update you of the latest changes at UAH, so I apologize in advance for the excessive emails. Please stay safe and patient.

Recent Achievements

Matt Niemiller has received the Faculty Research Excellence Award in the College of Science.

Joseph Noble has received the Departmental Honors for Academic Achievement in Biological Sciences.

Eric Mendenhall was featured in UAH’s news discussing an overview of virology with regard to coronaviruses, the family of viruses containing SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 epidemic. View this article.

Jerome Baudry is now collaborating with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to identify currently FDA-approved drugs which may inhibit the activity of any of the proteins SARS-2-CoV use to replicate inside human cells. View this article.


Dr. Kendall Byler, from the Baudry group, got selected to present our results at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology, March 15-19, 2020 in Anaheim, California. This is from an externally-funded collaboration with Reynolds American International.

Papers Published

Zachary W. Culumber. 2020 Thermal stress increases activity and risk-taking behavior but not anxiety in a livebearing fish. Environmental Biology of Fishes 2020 DOI 10.1007/s10641-020-00966-9


On February 21-23, the University of Alabama in Huntsville hosted the 105 th Annual Meeting for the Southeastern Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (SEB ASM 2020). More than 150 researchers and students from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina presented studies from 29 different research institutions in 29 oral presentations and 61 posters over the course of three days.

This meeting was sponsored by The University of Alabama in Huntsville and the Southeastern Branch of ASM, and is organized by several members of the Biological Sciences Department (Tanya Sysoeva, Rogelio Cruz-Vera, Joseph Ng, and Noriko Inoguchi) together with Cheryl Sesler.



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