Biology
Read. Watch. Listen. with Brock Fenton

Read. Watch. Listen. with Brock Fenton

Step into professor emeritus Brock Fenton’s bat cave as the chiropterologist takes a flight of fancy during his turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

App bridges need by matching volunteers, seniors

App bridges need by matching volunteers, seniors

Living a too-distant border away from his grandmother, Medical Sciences/Biology student Harshil Shah worried about how some isolated, elderly people were managing without the help they needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read. Watch. Listen. with Mark A. Bernards

Read. Watch. Listen. with Mark A. Bernards

Discover plenty of conversation topics to fill any dead air during family Zoom time when Department of Biology Chair Mark A. Bernards takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

Discovery Grants back 75 research projects

Discovery Grants back 75 research projects

Seventy-five university research projects across seven faculties received more than $13.8 million in Discovery Grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Researchers crack COVID-19 genome signature

Researchers crack COVID-19 genome signature

Using machine learning, a team of Western computer scientists and biologists have identified an underlying genomic signature for 29 different COVID-19 DNA sequences. 

Alumnus bottling help, hand sanitizer for fight

Alumnus bottling help, hand sanitizer for fight

“We were aware there was beginning to be a need – people didn’t have any. Hand sanitizer is made with high-proof alcohol. We thought, ‘Let’s see what we can do. We have a building full of alcohol – let’s do a little bit.’”

Student team delivers during COVID-19 crisis

Student team delivers during COVID-19 crisis

A volunteer group of Western students has set up a grocery shop-and-delivery service for Londoners who have self-quarantined or are at high risk of COVID-19 infection.

Researchers team up for freshwater fish focus

Researchers team up for freshwater fish focus

Biology professor Bryan Neff will be – ahem – fishing for answers with his latest project exploring the health of Canada’s 200-plus freshwater fish species in the face of increasing (mostly human-made) challenges.

Shark salvation found in crossing confirmation

Shark salvation found in crossing confirmation

Confirmation of a trans-Atlantic crossing by a highly endangered marine animal signals the need for “an international mindset” when seeking ways to conserve the basking shark – named among the world’s ‘weirdest’ animals by National Geographic.

Probiotics may protect bees against fatal disease

Probiotics may protect bees against fatal disease

Microorganisms best known for promoting gut health in humans may be the key to saving honey bee colonies from collapse, according to a novel discovery by Western and Lawson Health Research Institute researchers.

Answering in the form of questions

Answering in the form of questions

From writing to Icelandic soul, to embracing obscure ‘Ologies,’ Biology PhD candidate Jacqueline Lebenzon is certain to offer up all her selections in the form of a question when she takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

Naming something to chirp about for professor

Naming something to chirp about for professor

If you find yourself in the tropical deciduous forest of the Querétaro, Mexico, you may run into Natasha Mhatre. Or, at least, the tree cricket that bears her name.

Predator fear factor unlocks PTSD secrets

Predator fear factor unlocks PTSD secrets

The fear predators inspire in their prey can leave long-lasting traces in the brains of wild animals, comparable to effects seen in humans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a Western-led study.

New underwater research vehicle makes a splash

New underwater research vehicle makes a splash

A new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) will allow researchers to explore Canadian waters in previously unimaginable detail, offering up a deeper understanding of everything from conservation efforts to animal habitats to the impacts of climate change.