Division and Alumni News

NSF awards $1.5 million to TWU team to boost STEM activities

This summer, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a $1.5 million grant to a team of Texas Woman's faculty members to fund a project aimed at boosting enrollment in graduate biotechnology programs and promoting career success in the biotechnology sector. The team, made up of Drs. Juliet Spencer, Diana Elrod, Stephanie Pierce and Jessica Gullion, is launching TWU-SCALE, or Scholarships and Co-curricular Activities Leading to Excellence in the Biotechnology workforce. 

Daisy Cantu receives NIH Pain Consortium award for research excellence

TWU biology PhD candidate Daisy Cantu received the 2021 Mitchell Max Award for Research Excellence at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health's (NIH) 16th Annual Pain Consortium Symposium in May. Cantu's research focuses on the effect of hormones and stress on neural processes when women experience inflammatory pain. 

Biology students and alumni accepted to medical, PA, and veterinary schools in 2021

The pre-health advising team at TWU would like to extend our congratulations to our students and alumni who were accepted to professional schools in Entry Year 2021.  You should be very proud of your accomplishments! We are delighted to see you take this next step on your professional journey, and we look forward to celebrating your further successes in the coming years.

TWU biology instructor explains complex concepts through fun videos

Maryví González Solá found new and innovative ways to help her biology students understand the complexities of the human anatomy — producing short, fun lecture videos and study tips designed to help the students succeed.

“I always enjoy teaching anatomy, but sometimes my students wouldn’t understand immediately the concepts,” said González, an adjunct professor in the TWU Department of Biology. “So, I decided to start preparing the videos. My goal is to capture my students’ attention and generate retention of the material.”

29 biology students present in 2021 Student Creative Arts and Research Symposium, 8 named Chancellor’s Student Research Scholars

The Biology Department is proud of the hard work and dedication of all of our student researchers who presented in the 2021 Student Creative Arts and Research Symposium on April 13-14, 2021. A special congratulations to our 2021 Chancellor’s Student Research Scholars!

Undergraduate Students

Michael Paul Hunter (laboratory of Dr. Dayna Averitt)
Tahree Ladell (laboratory of Dr. Michael Bergel)
Anusha Mithani (laboratory of Dr. Elisa Na)

Post-Bac Students

Angela Lopez-Ramirez (laboratory of Dr. Dayna Averitt)

Master’s Students

Priscila Frayre (laboratory of Dr. Elisa Na)

PhD Students

Akshaya Arva (laboratory of Dr. Christopher Brower)
Anne Davenport (laboratory of Dr. DiAnna Hynds)
Mohammad Farhan Lakdawala (laboratory of Dr. Tina Gumienny)