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Thank you for your interest in supporting the work of the Department of Biological Sciences. Gifts may be donated to support broad departmental needs, or specific projects in individual faculty research laboratories. 

Donations to the Biology Fund support our efforts to:

  • High School Summer Training Program
  • Undergraduate Summer Support 
  • Support for a Graduate Student to Attend a Scientific Conference 
  • Support a Graduate Research Assistant
  • Support a Public Seminar by a Leading Scientist/Nobel Laureate 
  • Biomedical Research Imaging Core 
  • Behavioral Core 
  • Luminescence Imaging Core for Cancer Research 

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R. Harrod Laboratory 
(1) Elucidation of molecular targets for anti-cancer therapies to treating hematological malignancies and virus-induced cancers, and
(2) Identification of biomarkers of adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL). 

R. Jones Laboratory
 Epigenetic gene regulation by Polycomb-group proteins.

S. D'Mello Laboratory
(1) Understanding neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease and
the development of therapeutic drugs.
(2) Understanding neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and Rett syndrome.
B. Orr Laboratory 

Can the fly point the way to a cure for Alzheimer’s? There exists a well-established fly model for Alzheimer’s disease that mimics very closely the human condition. Using this model we have the exciting opportunity to test multiple candidate anti-Alzheimer’s genes to determine their impact on animals suffering from this condition. Ultimately, we hope to identify drug targets that work not only in flies but also in humans. This work is presently being carried out in a joint venture between Drs. Radyuk and Orr and is being spearheaded by SMU Biology major, Adam Gannon.

J. Bauer Laboratory  Why do we age, and how does this process work? My lab is using a variety of biochemical and genetic approaches to address this question, and we have identified several genetic factors that increase longevity by up to 40%. Using this knowledge, we are developing pharmaceutical interventions with the ultimate goal of delaying the aging process and increasing late-life quality of life.

P. Vogel Laboratory
Structure, molecular dynamics and protein-protein interactions of nucleotide binding proteins

J. Wise Laboratory
Multiple drug resistance proteins and in silico simulation and modeling of protein and small molecule structures

S. Vik Laboratory

Protein structure and function/biochemistry of membrane-bound enzymes

S. Radyuk Laboratory
Immunity and aging

Du Xin Memorial Research Award Endowment

The purpose of this fund is to support graduate research in the Department of Biological Sciences. Part of the endowment income supports an annual research award in memory of Ms. Du Xin, a graduate student who died tragically during her first year of study. The remainder of the endowment income can be used to provide discretionary support for graduate research in Biology.