Register for the Inland Northwest Genomics Research Symposium
May 09, 2016

Genomics scientists from across the region will come together May 19th for the Inland Northwest Genomics Research Symposium. Hosted by The Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies, this annual event creates opportunities for participants to learn about emerging technologies, build collaborations with other researchers, and learn from experienced speakers.  The Symposium features ke... Read More

UI Remembers Paul Joyce
April 25, 2016

The University of Idaho community is grieving the death of Paul Joyce, Dean of the College of Science, who died in a car accident Saturday, April 23, near Orofino, Idaho.Paul was a committed member of our university leadership team, a dedicated scientist and researcher, and a valuable teacher and mentor.Paul was awarded the honor of University Distinguished Professor this year for his work as p... Read More

IBEST Completes Five Year Review
April 18, 2016

The Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies completed its five year review with the University of Idaho. Jack Sullivan, Director of IBEST, compiled data with the help of IBEST researchers to give a comprehensive look at the Institute's efforts over the past five years. Click here to see the full report.    ContactAmberly BeckmanInstitute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies... Read More

IBEST Co-Founder to Receive Highest Faculty Rank at the University of Idaho
April 06, 2016

  The University of Idaho named Prof. James A. Foster a University Distinguished Professor, the highest rank for faculty at the University. Foster is one of only fourteen faculty members to receive this honor since its inception in 2011. The University of Idaho established the rank of Distinguished Professor to acknowledge faculty who embody excellence in teaching, scholarship, outreach and ser... Read More

Researchers Announce Full Mitochondrial Genome
January 28, 2016

  Researchers at the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) have sequenced the full mitochondrial genome of an agricultural pest known as wireworm. Wireworm, or Limonius californicus, is a species of click beetle commonly found in crops of potatoes and small grains such as wheat or barley. As larvae, they feed on germinated seeds or young seedlings. They make plants susce... Read More

BCB Graduate Featured on Science Friday
January 27, 2016

BCB Graduate Featured on Science Friday  BCB Graduate, Roxana Hickey talks about her research in a YouTube segment with Science Friday, a group which produces short videos about science and technology.  "Humans actually spend up to 90% of their lives indoors, and so the fact that we're being constantly exposed to that environment is a good reason to study what kinds of things we're contributing... Read More

UI Professor Named to Top Women in STEM List
October 26, 2015

Higher education magazine INSIGHT Into Diversity has named Holly Wichman, a University of Idaho Distinguished Professor of biological sciences, among its 2015 100 Inspiring Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Wichman, who came to UI in 1988 and earned the rank of Distinguished Professor in 2012, was recognized for her outstanding research, commitment to collaborati... Read More

UI Faculty Bring in $500,000 for Research of Evolution in Action
May 07, 2015

University of Idaho faculty members in the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) have been awarded $500,424 this year in new competitive grants as part of the National Science Foundation’s BEACON Science and Technology Center on Evolution in Action.These funds will support 10 projects involving 11 UI faculty members, 10 graduate students, four undergraduates and two post... Read More

IBEST Affiliated Faculty Honored by the College of Science
April 20, 2015

Drs. James Foster and Paul Hohenlohe, both of the College of Science, were recognized for their contributions to research and academics. Dr. James Foster received the Distinguished Faculty Award. Each year the University of Idaho College of Science recognizes one faculty member with the Distinguished Faculty Award. This award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the academic ... Read More

UI Receives $10.6 Million Grant from National Institutes of Health
April 15, 2015

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the University of Idaho nearly $10.6 million to support the university’s new Center for Modeling Complex Interactions, which will build UI’s research capabilities and expertise in the area of collaborative modeling. The center will focus its efforts on using mathematical, statistical and molecular models to address biomedical research questions of u... Read More

How to Make Breakfast With Your Vagina
February 09, 2015

Written by Janet Jay The idea first came up while a friend and I were discussing the vagina's probiotic properties. "Why is there a whole cookbook of cum-based recipes and not a SINGLE THING on Google about culturing jazz juice?" she wrote in a message to me and a few of our friends. So, as the disapproving ghost of Julia Child looked on, she grabbed a spoon, a pan, and a candy thermometer, and... Read More

Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering Annual Meeting
February 05, 2015

Every year, the Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering provides a multi-day Symposium hosted by one of the member institutions.  Outstanding speakers address issues of current interest, and researchers and students present papers and posters on a wide variety of scientific and technological topics.  Abstracts of papers and posters accepted for presentation are published in the on-line, open-s... Read More

Registration for the Western Region IDeA Conference is now open!
January 05, 2015

NIH IDeA Western Regional Conference Conference Dates: Monday evening, October 12 - Wednesday afternoon, October 14, 2015 Conference Location: The Coeur d'Alene Resort in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho   Grant Writing Workshop: On Monday, before the conference, we will be hosting an all-day grant writing workshop to be presented by Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, LLC   Conference and Writing Work... Read More

Research Reveals Rapid Evolution
November 05, 2014

UI professor uses DNA–sequencing tools to understand how Florida anoles adapted quickly to invading species Off the coast of Florida, dredging material has created a string of tiny islands. On most of the islands, native green anole lizards have made their home. On some of these, invasive brown anoles have moved in as well. Together, the intermingled populations create a natural experiment.  Re... Read More

There Is No ‘Healthy’ Microbiome
November 01, 2014

By ED YONG LONDON — IN the late 17th century, the Dutch naturalist Anton van Leeuwenhoek looked at his own dental plaque through a microscope and saw a world of tiny cells “very prettily a-moving.” He could not have predicted that a few centuries later, the trillions of microbes that share our lives — collectively known as the microbiome — would rank among the hottest areas of biology. These mi... Read More

Discovering Geckos’ Sticky Secrets
August 14, 2014

Image courtesy of Prof. Kellar Autumn.© 2009 Kellar Autumn By Tara Roberts About 1,400 species of geckos roam the Earth. Their lineage dates back 200 million years, making them the oldest group of living lizards. They’re even older than the dinosaurs. But scientists have only recently begun to understand their remarkable abilities to stick to – and easily release from – surfaces such as rocks, ... Read More

The Body’s Ecosystem
August 01, 2014

Research on the human microbiome is booming, and scientists have moved from simply taking stock of gut flora to understanding the influence of microbes throughout the body. Photo Credit: © PAUL WEARING By The Scientist Staff The human body is teeming with microbes—trillions of them. The commensal bacteria and fungi that live on and inside us outnumber our own cells 10-to-1, and the viruses that... Read More

Gecko toes go under the microscope at University of Idaho
June 18, 2014

As part of a $570,085 grant, UI researchers examine gecko toe pads for clues on their evolution, next steps in adhesive product innovations By Samantha Malott, Daily News staff writer Gecko toe pads are being recreated in 3-D simulations by researchers at the University of Idaho who want to discover how some geckos have evolved to become strong enough to hold more than 100 times their... Read More

Characterizing the “Healthy” Vagina
May 19, 2014

  The overly simplistic notion of a Lactobacillus-dominated vaginal microbiome is giving way to an appreciation of diverse and dynamic bacterial communities. By Jef Akst For years, researchers characterized the microbial community of women’s vaginas as being dominated byLactobacillus bacteria, which ferment carbohydrates to lactic acid, yielding a low pH that is toxic to many pathogenic micr... Read More

UI Faculty Members Awarded $570,085 in competitive grants as part of the NSF BEACON Science and Technology Center on "Evolution in Action"
May 19, 2014

UI faculty members in the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary STudies (IBEST) have been awarded $570,085 in new competitive grants as part of the NSF BEACON Science and Technology Center on "Evolution in Action". These funds support ten projects involving twelve UI faculty members, three graduate students, four undergraduates, and and five postdoctoral researchers. Funding went to Dr.... Read More

Top research earns top award— 2014 Excellence of Research Award for work in multi-drug resistant plasmids
May 08, 2014

By Emily Aizawa The 2014 Excellence of Research Award was given to Eva Top, professor of biology in the University of Idaho College of Science and the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies. The Excellence of Research Award recognizes and encourages merit in all forms of scholarly research and creative activity. “It’s a very good feeling,” Top said. “It shows that people app... Read More

Increased Bandwidth Will Help University of Idaho Researchers Share, Move Data
September 26, 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – As scientists’ abilities to collect enormous amounts of data increases, so does the need to store and share the data. The University of Idaho has received a grant to increase its core network bandwidth tenfold, allowing researchers to share data more effectively and efficiently in Idaho and worldwide.The National Science Foundation, or NSF, awarded the university nearly $450,000... Read More

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September 24, 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – The Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) at the University of Idaho will host the second annual IBEST Science Exposition Oct. 18, 2013. With research ranging from robotic behavior and antibiotic resistance to preventing the extinction of the Tasmanian devil and understanding the tree of life, the IBEST Research Exposition demonstrates the broad depth and... Read More

Sex-Specific Transcriptional Responses of the Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Brain Selenoproteome to Acute Sodium Selenite Supplementation
September 19, 2013

Background of the study The research focus of Dr. Robison’s lab is to understand the underlying genetic component of behavioral adaptation to captivity. He had observed that zebrafish populations that were raised in captivity for several generations displayed ‘bold’ behaviors relative to their wild counterparts (recently collected from native habitat in West Bengal, India) that displayed ‘shy’... Read More

Reading the Book of the Brain
August 12, 2013

Reading the Book of the Brain By Tara Roberts With 26 letters, the English alphabet can build tens of thousands of words. With 10,000 kinds of cells, the human brain can build a number of connections so vast it’s hard to grasp. Like letters arranged into words, these connections must be “spelled” right as the brain develops. “Because the nervous system is wired specifically, most of us ma... Read More

Former BCB Graduate Re-Writes Facebook
June 10, 2013

How Three Guys Rebuilt the Foundation of Facebook BY CADE METZ Walk to the back of Building 18, on the edge of Facebook’s new headquarters in Menlo Park, California, and you’ll find the remnants of The Battle Cave. Today, this room is just another stretch of open office space, where rows of Facebookers work on who-knows-what. But if you look to your right, at the top of the wall, you’ll see ... Read More

2013 Outstanding Staff Award Recipients Announced
March 22, 2013

Awards are given to staff that have shown exemplary dedication and have gone above and beyond their normal job duties at the University of Idaho. Staff who qualify for the award are nominated by their peers and reviewed through an award process conducted by the Staff Affairs Staff Awards subcommittee. Additionally, those staff retiring from the university will receive a plaque and clock and lon... Read More

$718,304 in Competitive Grants Awarded to Faculty Members
February 20, 2013

University of Idaho faculty members of the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) were awarded $718,304 in competitive grants as part of the NSF BEACON Science and Technology Center on "Evolution in Action". The award will be dispersed over two years. $513,304 for 2013-14 academic year, and $204,836 for the 2014-15 academic year. These funds support nine projects involvin... Read More

From the lab to the world: Kali Turner’s hands-on experience prepares her for a future studying disease
December 01, 2012

By Tara Roberts Kali Turner loves spending time in the lab – and during her years at the University of Idaho, she’s worked in three. Turner graduates this winter with a degree in biological sciences, but she will stay in Idaho for a semester to complete her research before heading across the world for even more hands-on experience that she hopes will lead her to a future helping humans fight... Read More

A Triangle of Collaboration: Core Lab Increases Efficiency
November 01, 2012

Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) Following the University of Idaho’s spirit of collaboration and enterprise, the Genomics Resources Core Lab in the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) is hitting the mark on both accounts. Through a unique collaboration, known as “the triangle of collaboration,” an investigator, genomics scientist and bioi... Read More

Advanced university research showcased
October 20, 2012

Institute puts priority on educating students By Estelle Gwinn, Daily News staff writer Some of the university's most complex and diversified science was showcased at the inaugural IBEST Research Expo. The Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies, or IBEST, started as a grassroots group more than 10 years ago by four people on the University of Idaho campus who had a common inte... Read More

Interactive Fractal Tree of Life Zooms In On Earth's Entire Evolutionary History
October 16, 2012

A new interactive website shows a phylogenetic tree of everything, as zoomable as Google Earth. By Rebecca Boyle From protozoans to people, there is a lot of life on this planet, and it’s all connected to a common ancestor from which everything descends. It’s hard to imagine, let alone visualize, all of the commonalities and shared heritage of all of that life. But now you can do it with ... Read More

U-Idaho, University of Maryland Study Finds Vaginal Microbes Vary Over Time Among Healthy Women
May 02, 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – The delicate balance of microbes in the vagina can change drastically over short periods of time in some women, while remaining the same in others, according to a new joint study by the University of Idaho and the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute for Genome Sciences. The scientists believe these microbes affect a woman’s susceptibility to infection and othe... Read More

Bioinformatics
October 01, 2011

Building Core Power Performing a single trial run of his software takes nearly two days on a typical computer for Zaid Abdo, assistant professor of mathematics, statistics and bioinformatics at the University of Idaho. This wouldn’t be so bad if Abdo only had to do one or two trials, but his research requires 5,600. “If I tried to do my work on a single computer I would not be alive by the ti... Read More

Changing Women's Health at the Global Level
June 01, 2011

Written by Joni Kirk He acknowledges the public's general reluctance to talk about it, and admits freely that it's not a polite dinner conversation topic. But Larry Forney, professor of biological sciences and director of the Initiative for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST), also knows that silence on a topic that affects 3 billion people globally is detrimental to women's healt... Read More

Study Provides New Insights About Women's Reproductive Health
June 03, 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – It's an uncomfortable topic, and not considered polite dinner conversation, but Larry Forney's research on the human vagina and the ecology of the vaginal microbial ecosystem has big implications for women. Forney, professor of biological sciences and director of the Initiative for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) at the University of Idaho, is focusing his resea... Read More

University of Idaho Researchers Aim to Unlock Plasmid Transfer Secrets
June 01, 2010

Written by Amanda Cairo In an effort to take the resistance out of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, University of Idaho researchers are getting down to the genetic level to figure out how multi-drug resistance plasmids increase their resistance. Thanks to a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health Eva Top, professor of biology, and Zaid Abdo, assistant professor of m... Read More

Chasing a Virus Through Mathematical Models
May 01, 2010

By Sam Chafe Viruses mutate often and because their life spans are on the order of minutes or hours, a tremendous amount of change can occur in a short amount of time. Viruses such as HIV and H1N1 have not always infected humans; at some point they mutated in a way that allowed them to attack a new host. Paul Joyce, Holly Wichman and Craig Miller, all faculty in the College of Science, have ... Read More

Your Body is a (Bacterial) Wonderland
July 06, 2009

Written by Ken Kingery MOSCOW, Idaho – Scientists at the University of Idaho soon will be investigating one of the most unexplored – yet most common – ecosystems on the planet; the human body. The research project – which teams Idaho with the University of Maryland and the University of Alabama – Birmingham – recently was awarded $10.5 million over four years from the National Institutes for ... Read More