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Bacteria Engineered to Protect Bees from Pests and Pathogens

January 30, 2020 by Marc Airhart

Genetically engineered strains of bacteria protect bees from mites and viruses that can lead to colony collapse.

A red mite attached to the side of a honey bee


Experimental Vaccine Against Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Elicits Strong Immune Response

August 1, 2019 by Marc Airhart

Promising results for a new RSV vaccine candidate.

A doctor or nurse adminsters a vaccine in a patient's arm


Turning Plant Pests into Helpers

June 24, 2019 by Christine S Sinatra

Aphids are an enemy for most plants now, but the latest work from a team of scientists may make them a crop's new best friends.

flourescing plant in lab


UT Austin Alum James Allison Awarded Nobel Prize

October 1, 2018 by Marc Airhart

The UT Austin community celebrates a Nobel Prize for one of its own.

James Allison


The 40 Year-old Discovery Behind A Promising New Flu Drug

March 21, 2018 by Marc Airhart

Basic research led to a better antiviral drug to combat influenza

Robert Krug in a lab coat, sitting in his lab in the 1970s

Zhang Named Professor of the Year

April 17, 2017 by the Department of Molecular Biosciences

Students have selected Jessie Zhang, an associate professor of molecular biosciences, as The University of Texas at Austin's Professor of the Year. 

President Greg Fenves, professor Jessie Zhang and students hold up the hook'em symbol in front of the UT Tower