FAU’s Jupiter Life Science Initiative was recently featured in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN). The article discusses the innovative collaboration among FAU, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and Scripps Florida. It also discusses the development of the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology that serves as a link between FAU and industries in this field. Read the full article.

New Leadership 

Ken Dawson-Scully, Ph.D., associate professor of biology in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, has been appointed associate director of the FAU Brain Institute. In this position, Dawson-Scully will work to develop academic programs supported by the Brain Institute. Read the full article.

IB-N Student Publishes

Integrative Biology and Neuroscience (IB-N) student publishes in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Daniel E. Wilson had his work published titled, "Orientation selectivity and the functional clustering of synaptic inputs in primary visual cortex," in Nature Neuroscience. Wilson collaborated on the study with colleagues at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, including David Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., CEO of the institute.

The Initiative

The 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.

Summer Research

Established in memory of the late John Nambu, Professor of Biology,  The John Nambu Memorial Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program  is sponsored by FAU’s Life Science Initiative in Jupiter. Undergraduates are competitively chosen to conduct full-time research in sophisticated neuroscience and behavior-oriented labs while expanding their scientific expertise. The successful undergraduates also spend at least one hour per week with the fellow undergrads in the program and a faculty mentor. Students often complete a thesis through the program. The program runs full-time during the summer, with the option of continuing into the academic year. A summer stipend is provided. The students selected for summer 2016 are: Laura Arango (Macleod lab), Matt Kovic (Keene lab), Priscilla Lauriano (Keene lab), Cici Nicolas (Jia lab), Veronica Nunez (Godenschwege lab), Danielle Riboul (Stackman lab), Claudia Tinoco (Dawson-Scully lab), Keeley Spiess (Blakely lab) and Joseph Balbona (Blakely lab).

Dr. Keene wins Award

Alex The International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society has awarded Alex Keene, Ph.D. of FAU the 2016 IBANGS Young Scientist Award. Recipients of the award must research topics related to the behavioral and neural genetics while making a projected impact in their field. Keene will be delivering the Young Scientist Lecture at the annual IBANGS meeting, to be held this year in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA.   


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?

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