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Cracking the Code on Multiple Sclerosis

By Sydney Springer October 04, 2021
It was a splash of ice-cold water in the face. Amy Hernandez’s friend was only seventeen years old and just diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease that deteriorates the body. Hernandez (‘23) was in her second year of her molecular biology degree at BYU. The sudden, very early onset diagnosis prompted hours of research under her mentor, microbiology and molecular biology professor Mary Davis, to answer the question: why is early MS onset in ethnic minorities reached at an earlier age than in Caucasian populations?

Sprouts from the Ashes

By Sydney Springer October 04, 2021
Also hailing from Europe, marine biology student and Sheffield, England native Rebekah Stanton (’21) wanted to earn her PhD at BYU but couldn’t find a program that fit her needs. After receiving an unexpected email from plant and wildlife sciences professor Sam St Clair, she packed her bags and joined his research team to study just the opposite of marine biology—they were going to study the desert.

Najla Al-Sonboli, World Health Assembly's Heroine of Health

By Grace McGregor September 01, 2021
Women in Science: Al-Sonboli was a pediatrician in Yemen who continued to care for the children while the hospital was under fire during rocket attacks.


Three ways to improve your understanding of how environmental justice affects your community

By Grace McGregor June 24, 2021
Environmental degradation harms every individual by causing pervasive decline of life on Earth, but it doesn’t impact everyone to the same degree. Environmental justice addresses two things: sharing of benefits and proportional distribution of consequences related to environmental degradation. No matter how you are affected, it is crucial to solve these problems in an equitable manner. Plant and Wildlife Sciences professor Ben Abbott shares three ways to improve your understanding on how environmental justice affects you and your community.

How to reduce human-caused environmental changes

By Grace McGregor June 17, 2021
The diversity on Earth aids the health and quality of human life. It provides the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the air we breathe. But what do we do to serve the Earth? Human impact makes the environment less able to sustain life due to “human-induced rapid environmental changes.” There is no way to escape the effect we have, but there are ways to lessen it in order to protect the beauty of Earth and the many species that inhabit it.

Why your spinal health and body composition will compel you to run

By Grace McGregor May 06, 2021
In addition to the well-known benefits, long-distance running has positive effects on your spine and body composition. Exercise Science Professor Ulrike Mitchell shares findings from her research to explain the less well-known effects of endurance running.


BYU Life Science PhD student researches diet and lifestyle influence on Alzheimer's Disease.

PhD student, Erin Saito, explores impairments in glucose metabolism in Alzheimer's disease, which may play a significant role in disease progression.

Researching vaccine attitudes: BYU life science student is published by age 20

Living with an autoimmune disease motivated BYU life science student Kendall Pogue (PH) to actively engage in researching the influencing factors towards vaccination attitudes.

River bugs to clouded leopards: BYU plant and wildlife student is knee deep in research

July 06, 2021
Grabbing her waiter boots and a net, BYU plant & wildlife student Maddy Tidwell heads out to the stream to study how ecosystems come back to life after a huge ecological disturbance. Engaging in inspiring learning, she explores her options in genomics and conservation through mentored research.


Embracing Uncertainty

April 08, 2021
BYU College of Life Sciences Alumni Achievement Award Recipient Dustin Freckleton shares his thoughts on embracing uncertainty—learning to not only cope with but also thrive in the unknown.

Celebrating Women in Science

January 15, 2021
In 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote and propelled society towards progress in social and economic equality. In honor of this monumental 100-year anniversary, the College of Life Sciences is proud to showcase some of the women who have made valuable contributions to the life sciences.

Atmosphere of Faith

January 12, 2021
New artwork added to the Life Sciences Building creates an environment of peace. Further reflection on the paintings provides context and meaning.

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