New Faculty

Dr. Alex Keene Dr. Alex Keene has joined FAU’s Biology Department as an Associate Professor and set up his Jupiter-based lab. Keene brings two NSF and two NIH grants to FAU. He studies the genetic basis of sleep and memory using fruit fly and blind Mexican cavefish. Keene has 31 peer-reviewed articles in high impact journals. Five graduate students and one postdoc accompanied him to FAU.


A research proposal development system that matches critics and forums to ideas and proposals.

WHO are we? You and your community-minded peers. WHAT do we do? We volunteer our time and expertise to get ideas funded. WHY? We want to be part of a dynamic community of interactive colleagues with robust research programs. HOW? We provide a framework for the systematic critique and revision of new ideas and proposals at all stages. WHERE? The Jupiter campus of FAU, 2nd floor conference room of the RE building. WHEN? Every 4 weeks for proposals. More often for new ideas.  SPECIFICS?

The Initiative

The InitiativeThe Jupiter Life Science Initiative is aimed at building educational and research capabilities in the life sciences on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter, and is a collaborative effort between the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. To learn more, read a message from the director.


Godenschwege was just awarded $447,587 from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH for three years to study the function of L1-type cell adhesion molecules (CAMs) in the fruit fly’s nervous system. CAMs are proteins that link the inside of one cell to the outside of a second cell. They adhere cells together. But some CAMs have additional functions in activating signaling pathways within the cell, resulting in turning other genes on or off. In particular, mutations in genes for human L1-type CAMs underlie problems in both neurological disorders and cancer. Studies gaining insight into the functions of these proteins may lead to novel therapeutic avenues for treating Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord regeneration and cancer. 

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