biology

Tick talk: Biology students research the spread of cat scratch fever through ticks

Eynnar Claros Chacon (left) and Allen Vaytser extract DNA samples in the lab

On a warm afternoon this spring, Eynnar Claros Chacon ’19 and Allen Vaytser ’20 ventured into the woods behind Randolph’s softball field. The two biology majors carefully combed the forest floor with “draggers”—long, white sheets coated with carbon dioxide—hoping their prey would take the bait. Sure enough, when they returned to Martin Science Building, the... READ MORE >>

Di Bei ’18 publishes first young adult novel in China

Di Bei holds a copy of her book

Even though Randolph College is over 7,000 miles from China, the campus and its traditions are the inspiration behind one of the newest young adult novels to hit Chinese bookstores. Di Bei ’18 is the author of 白马伶娜 (The Horse Ballerina), which tells the story of Dannie Cheng, a young ballerina with a passion for... READ MORE >>

Rising sophomore shows heart for helping people through stem cell research

Marlene Redlich works on differentiating cells with the goal of making them into pacemaker cells that could one day be planted into a damaged heart.

This summer, Marlene Redlich ’22 returned to her home country of Germany. However, rather than putting her feet up and relaxing, she assisted in high level stem cell work at an international cardiac research center. Redlich was an intern for the University of Rostock Medical Center’s Cardiac Surgery Research Department, where she shadowed researchers, studies... READ MORE >>

Elizabeth Delery ’14 named Cell Culture Hero, will present worldwide webinar

Elizabeth Delery

Elizabeth Delery ’14 has been named a Cell Culture Hero by Gibco/Thermo Fisher, and will present a global webinar on July 31 at noon. Registration for the event is available at http://bit.ly/2Yml06h. Delery is a postdoctoral fellow for the physiology department at Louisiana State University’s Health Sciences Center, where she studies the neurobiological interactions of... READ MORE >>

Ranita Opoku-Sarfo ’21 helps provide solutions to poverty through internship in Uganda

Ranita Opoku-Sarfo wearing her Sawa World T-shirt

Ranita Opoku-Sarfo ’21 aspires to one day have a career in which she can help solve global problems. This summer, she’s doing her part to address one of them—poverty—through an internship with Sawa World in Kampala, Uganda. “Sawa World transforms the lives of vulnerable youth living in extreme poverty within Kampala by giving them access... READ MORE >>

Research by biology professors, alumni published in Journal of Equine Veterinary Science

(From left) Jessica Sidebottom '17, Callan Frye '17, and Di Bei '18 examine a sample as biology professor Amanda Rumore observes.

Biology professors Amanda Rumore and Adam Houlihan, along with Callan Frye ’17, Di Bei ’18, Jacquelyn Parman ’18, and Jessica Sidebottom Jones ’17, had their research published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. Their project, titled “Efficacy of Tea Tree Oil in the Treatment of Equine Streptothricosis,” began as part of Randolph’s Summer Research... READ MORE >>

A bugs life: Brian Smith ’20 works on beetle exhibits at Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Brian Smith holds a case of beetle and weevil specimens as part of his internship at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

This summer, biology major Brian Smith ’20 is working with some of the smallest specimens at one of the largest museums in the nation. Smith is an insect specimen curator at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. As part of the internship, he sorts, mounts, and images beetles and weevils in a... READ MORE >>

More than scratching the surface: Students test durability of antimicrobial materials

Leif Kvarnes and professor Peter Sheldon build a machine to test the durability of antimicrobial surface samples

If you’ve recently visited a public place such as a gym, an airport, or a doctor’s office, you might have noticed a rough texture applied to the door knobs, toilet handles, and other frequently touched surfaces. The special material is called an antimicrobial surface, and many businesses are now incorporating the self-cleaning technology to help... READ MORE >>

Super saddle: Summer Research examines healing properties of Thera-tree technology on horses

Sidney Clark and biology professor Amanda Rumore examine one of their test subjects

Sidney Clark ’22 has spent her entire life around horses. She has worked in barns, taken riding lessons, and recently even acquired a mare of her own. However, she’s now studying a piece of equine technology she had no idea existed until this summer. Clark is working on a Summer Research project with biology professor... READ MORE >>

In the room where it happens: Kirby Tidmore ’20 working as legislative intern on Capitol Hill

Kirby Tidmore

This summer, Kirby Tidmore ’20 is living and working in the nation’s capitol as a legislative intern for U.S. Congressman Doug Collins. Collins serves as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and has represented Georgia’s 9th congressional district since 2013. “Working in his office is an incredible and unique opportunity to experience the legislative... READ MORE >>