Where do you want to be next?

Canoeing the Ghost swamp of the Wolf River or conducting ground-breaking research at world-renowned St. Jude Children′s Research Hospital?

Counseling underprivileged patients at the Church Health Center or exploring the game parks of Namibia?

Discovering new genes as a part of the Lynx Genome Project or engaging in stimulating classroom discussions with award-winning professors?

Tutoring children at one of our neighborhood Learning Corridor schools or shadowing an anesthesiologist during open-heart surgery?

Helping hospitals contain costs in handling of infectious materials in El Salvador or monitoring panda behavior at the Memphis Zoo?

The answer is easier than you think; you want to be at Rhodes!

From the very start, Rhodes Biology students are practicing Biologists.

These are just some of the ways that we regularly engage Biology majors. It happens as a result of the dedicated work of our diverse faculty who use effective classroom teaching methods, maintain active research programs, and foster a wide range of partnerships in Memphis and beyond. Explore our pages to learn more about us, our classes, and these and more opportunities. Then, use our contact link to ask any questions that remain. We hope you′ll be one of our next practicing biologists.

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Student Awards!!!

 Anna Kushnir ’14 received the award for Outstanding in Research in Biology

 Carlos T. Huerta ’15 received the Award for Outstanding Research in Biology

 Albert Vacheron ’17 and Maria Youself ’17 received the Award for Excellence in First-Year Biology

 Kristen Wendt BMB’14 received the BMB Outstanding Research Award

 Alix Matthews ENVS’14 received the Rhodes Early Career Award in Environmental Sciences and Studies

 Madeline Carwile ’16 received the Rosanna Cappellato Memorial Award

 Matthew Roberts NEURO’14 and Elizabeth Bigus NEURO’14 received the Outstanding Senior in Neuroscience Major

 Caroline Elbaum NEURO’14 received the Hunter Award for Excellence in Neuroscience

 Anna Kushnir ’14 was awarded Honorable Mention in National Russian Essay Contest Competition of the American Council of Teachers of Russian

 Maggie Blake ’14 won 1st place poster in Western Regional Meeting of Tennessee Academy of Science

 Aubrey Howard ’15 won 3rd place poster in Western Regional Meeting of Tennessee Academy of Science

 Aubrey Howard ’15 received a Marc Dresden Student Travel Award to help defray the cost of his trip to New Orleans to present his research at the 2014 meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists

 Carlos T Huerta ’15 received a Goldwater Scholarship

Carlos T. Huerta ’15 was selected into the American Society for Microbiology’s Undergraduate Research Capstone Program.  This award provides a two-year membership to ASM and $1500 for travel to the 2014 ASM Meeting in Boston

Carlos T.Huerta ’15 was recognized for his research participation in the St. Jude Summer Plus Program in the January issue of Cancer, the research journal published by the American Cancer Society

Stephen Leavelle ’14 won 2nd place talk in Organismal Biology at Western Regional Meeting of Tennessee Academy of Science

Braden Taylor ’15 received a travel award to the International Society for Cell Biology Meeting in New Orleans, LA

Kristen Wendt BMB’14 won 1st place talk in Health and Medical Sciences at the Western Regional Meeting of Tennessee Academy of Science

Alison Hanson ’15, Alix Matthews BMB’14 and Jackson Roberts ’14 won 1st place talk in Organismal Biology at the Western Regional Meeting of Tennessee Academy of Science



Dr Kelly Dougherty is a new assistant professor in the Biology Department and Neuroscience Program.  She began her research career as an undergraduate at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, studying halophilic microbes that were over 250 million years oldthe oldest living organisms known at the time.  While attending graduate school at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, however, she fell in love with neuroscience and hasnt looked back since.  There, she used a combination of molecular biology and electrophysiology to measure minuscule currents produced by voltage-gated ion channels as they change their conformational state within the plasma membrane. She has spent the last 5.5 years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Learning and Memory at the University of Texas at Austin working with neurons in living brain slices, and plans to continue this research here at Rhodes College. Specifically, she is interested in understanding how genetic changes in voltage-gated ion channels lead to epilepsy. She is very excited to begin her work here at Rhodes College, take on undergraduate research assistants, and to teach in both biology and neuroscience curricula.

Dr. Thilina Surasinghe is a wildlife ecologist with specialization in environmental sciences and biodiversity conservation. He earned his PhD from Clemson University, SC with the research focus on the impacts of current and historical land uses on stream ecosystems. Previously, he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Gustavus Adolphus College in MN. His recent research studies have focused on community organization and biotic homogenization along urban-rural gradients; landscape-scale conservation planning and reserve designing; revision of biodiversity and natural resource policies; and ecology of freshwater ecosystems. His academic experience began in the tropical rainforests of Sri Lanka during his undergraduate education. Overall, his US and international research has included biodiversity monitoring, GIS-based modelling, and EPA bioassessments. Dr. Surasinghe is also interested in biology education and has published in the field of science pedagogy. He is greatly looking forward to working with the Rhodes community and exploring the natural resources of Mississippi floodplains.

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