biology

Summer Research Project analyzing the effects of elevated heat, carbon dioxide on agricultural crops

The project Misidor is working on with biology professor Kristin Bliss and Renee Sarpong ’21 looks specifically at the combined and independent effects of enhanced levels of carbon dioxide and temperature—factors of climate change—on plant growth, morphological characteristics, and chemical toxins. Their ultimate goal is to assess and determine the impact of these components on overall biodiversity, economic influence, and ecosystem services.... READ MORE >>

Randolph Announces 2019-2020 Academic and Leadership Awards

Randolph College banner in front of Main Hall

Academic Awards Art and Art History Outstanding First Year: Aisha Downs Rachel Trexler Ellis ’44 Art Prize for Excellence in Art: Lewis Ward Awarded annually with preference given to a graduating senior studio art major. The criteria for the selection shall include inherent artistic talent and academic performance, along with the intention to pursue a... READ MORE >>

Alumna’s work could aid in fight against COVID-19

Katy Worrilow

Katy Worrilow ’80 founded her company, LifeAire Systems, after discovering that airborne pathogens could affect the in vitro fertilization process... READ MORE >>

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 >>