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CELLS alive!

A visual tour of cells, bacteria, viruses and their interaction with one another.

A Gene Map of the Human Genome

The Human Genome Project is expected to produce a sequence of DNA representing the functional blueprint and evolutionary history of the human species. However, only about 3% of this sequence is thought to specify the portions of our 50,000 to 100,000 genes that encode proteins.

UCMP Phylogeny Wing: The Phylogeny of Life

Life! It's everywhere on Earth; you can find living organisms from the poles to the equator, from the bottom of the sea to several miles in the air, from freezing waters to dry valleys to undersea thermal vents to groundwater thousands of feet below the Earth's surface.

Microbe Zoo

A digital earning center for microbial ecology.

National Center for Biotechnology Information

The National Center for Biotechnology Information advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information.

Biology

What you’ll study.

Living organisms. Biospheres. And the relationships and mechanisms that tie all life on earth together. Through active involvement with organisms and the systems of life, you’ll learn how to observe, analyze, and communicate. Then you’ll build on your expertise by applying these skills to your area of specialization. Majors and minors.

What you’ll do.

You will formulate and test hypotheses through course projects and independent research. You’ll work in the field, both here—at our 135-acre Whitehouse Nature Center—and at more distant locations, such as the forests and coral reefs of Belize and southern Florida. Biology internship opportunities.

Where you’ll go.

Advisory groups. Meetings. Visits with professionals and representatives for postgraduate opportunities. The close ties you’ll make with our faculty will lead you to what’s next, whether it’s a career in medicine, natural resources, or any number of health or science fields. Potential career paths.

Bradley Rabquer

Associate Professor of Biology

B.S., Bowling Green State University, 2001
Ph.D., University of Toledo, 2006

Appointed: 2011

Expertise: Molecular and cellular physiology, Pathophysiology, Immunology, Inflammation, Angiogenesis

Current Courses:

  • Biology 210: Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biology 341: Physiology

Research Interests:

Dr. Rabquer is a molecular and cellular physiologist interested in human inflammatory and angiogenic diseases.  Inflammation and angiogenesis play key roles in the pathogenesis of many cancers, and in autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic sclerosis (SSc).  Angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels, is excessive in the synovium (joints) of patients with RA, and deficient in the skin of patients with SSc.  Specifically, Dr. Rabquer's work has focused on the role of adhesion molecules, cytokines, and chemokines in these diseases.  Currently, he is interested in determining the role of a novel family of soluble adhesion molecules, junctional adhesion molecules (JAMs), in mediating facets of angiogenesis. In addition, Dr. Rabquer is studying how the upregulation of angiogenic chemokines affects the development of blood vessels in patients with SSc.  Importantly, recent therapeutic successes of angiogenesis inhibitors have validated the idea that controlling pathological angiogenesis can modulate disease activity.  Therefore, continued research into potential angiogenic mediators and the dysregulation of known angiogenic pathways in diseases such as RA and SSc will be critical for the development of new therapies.

Immunofluorescence staining was used in the figure below to determine the expression of vWF (red), a marker of endothelial cells, and JAM-A (green) in normal human skin.  JAM-A is predominantly expressed by keratinocytes in the epidermis, and by fibroblasts and endothelial cells in the dermis.

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Biology Students Present in Elkin Isaac Research Symposium

Biology majors figured prominently in Albion College's Elkin Isaac Research Symposium held April 14 as a part of the College's annual recoginition of student research and academic achievement. Of the 84 presentation at the 2011 Symposuium, 21 (25%) were from Biology majors. Platform presentations and poster sessions showcased student/faculty research conducted over the past year, much of which was supported by Albion College's Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Actitivity (F.U.R.S.C.A.). Mikki Burger and Emeritus Professor of Biology Dr. Jeff Carrier were photographed by David Trumpie during Burger's poster presentation.

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