WELCOME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF biologY AT SKIDMORE
Our dynamic department emphasizes one-on-one mentoring of students by faculty in hands-on research collaborations that often result in poster presentations at professional conferences and student co-authored publications. Biologists develop and test ideas that deepen our understanding of life. In coursework and in research collaborations with our faculty, students work in our laboratories, the Skidmore Microscopy Imaging Center and our 500+ acre North Woods investigating molecular and cellular information and processes, studying the structure and function of cells and whole organisms, and exploring behavior and ecology. In consultation with a faculty advisor, students design programs of study to meet individual interests and goals.
Although research is not formally required for the major, students are encouraged to pursue collaborative research during the academic year and summer. In the last ten years, Skidmore students have appeared as coauthors on more than 25 manuscripts published in international journals and they have presented their work at both regional and national meetings. Graduates of our program and research laboratories can be found in medical schools and doctoral programs across the country, including: Tufts University, Cornell University, UC—Davis, and Harvard University.
DEPARTMENT NEWS AND EVENTS
The Skidmore Young Scholars Cell Biology Institute
One of the major goals of the National Science Foundation is to provide opportunities for pre-college students to explore the subdisciplines of science and learn about potential careers in these areas. On the dates of July 11-15, 2022, Skidmore hosted the Skidmore Young Scholars Cell Biology Institute for 12 high school students from the Ballston Spa, Shenendehowa, South Glens Falls and Schuylerville high schools. This program provided the students with comprehensive hands-on learning in various areas of cell biology including microscopy, genetics, physiology, neuroscience and disease mechanisms. In addition to experimental work, students also participated in acquiring and interpreting data from technologies such as inverted light microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Forms of computational biology, such as bioinformatics and machine learning, were also discussed at length.
Additional guidance regarding the college process, college life, academics, scientific literacy, and research opportunities was provided by Skidmore undergraduate counselors, Kaylee Bagdan (Class of ’24), Oliver Blum (Class of ’23), and Emily Glazer (Class of ’22). This program was part of a grant awarded to David Domozych, Professor of Biology and Director of the Skidmore Microscopy Imaging Center, entitled, “Spatiotemporal mapping of the membrane trafficking networks involved in secretion and autophagy in the unicellular zygnematophyte, Penium margaritaceum” from the NSF-Molecular and Cell Biology Program. Additional administrative work was provided by Lily Kozel, Microscopy Technology & Research Coordinator, Josie Loricco, Post-doctorate Research Scientist, and Tania Becker, Administrative Assistant in the Biology and Chemistry departments. This Institute will be run again for the next two summers and information will be available in February, 2023 regarding registration and more at the Summer Programs at Skidmore webpage.
Professor David Domozych receives a $573,372 grant through the Molecular and Cellular Biology Division of the National Science Foundation
David Domozych was recently awarded a grant through the Molecular and Cellular Biology Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF-MCB 2129443) to support research for the project entitled, "Spatiotemporal mapping of the membrane trafficking networks involved in secretion and autophagy in the unicellular zygnematophyte, Penium margaritaceum". This 3-year grant for $573,372 will analyze the unique secretory system of the model charophyte, Penium, and provide insight into the evolution of land plants and the ways plants make important extracellular products. The grant also supports summer research activities for undergraduates and the Young Scholars Cell Biology program, a summer program for local high school students to explore cell biology and microscopy.