Congratulations to Judy Ngai who is celebrating 45 years with Portland State University. We are lucky to continue to benefit from her expertise, long-term perspective, as well as her unflappable work ethic, and her generosity with her knowledge.




Biology Professor Dr. Reysenbach set sail on March 7th as Chief Scientist on board the Woods Hole Research Vessel to the Brothers Volcano in the South Pacific. Watch the team’s progress as they explore the submarine caldera volcano that averages 1,850 meters below the surface of the ocean!




Dr. Erin Shortlidge received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help students transferring from community colleges to achieve STEM degrees. Nearly $600,000 of the grant will directly contribute to scholarships for PSU students. The rest will go to research support, staffing and other expenses. Learn More Here!





130 Students from Lincoln High School visited the Anatomy & Physiology laboratories at the CLSB building at South Waterfront in March of 2018. Seven Graduate Teaching Assistants helped to give these young scientists a tour of our cadaver based program. Beyond an overall tour of the anatomy of our human donors, students were given an in depth look at the human heart and brain.


Presentations & Talks





Dr. Anne Thompson presented at the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, Oregon on February 12th titled “Translating Microbial Oceanography Research to High School Students and Teachers Through Curriculum Development.”




Lake Oswego Public Library hosted Dr. Brad Buckley to discuss his work in the Center for Life in Extreme Environments (CLEE) where he studies the physiological responses of marine species to elevated temperatures and other stressors. Watch the video here!





Biology Professor Dr. Ken Stedman presented “Viruses from hell” on February 8th, 2019 at the University of Florida in Gainesville, he was invited by the graduate students in the Biochemistry and Molecular






Lindsay Holden and Dr. Kim Brown published a paper titled “Baseline mRNA Expression Differs Widely Between Common Laboratory Strains of Zebrafish” in Scientific Reports.





Reysenbach, A. –L.,  J. A. Donaho, T. M. Hinsch, J. F. Kelley, K. Kouba, M. Podar, M. B. Stott.   (In press). Draft Genome Sequence of a Novel Thermofilum sp. from a New Zealand Hot Spring Enrichment Culture. Genome Announcements. 





Reysenbach, A. –L.,  J. A. Donaho, J. F. Kelley,  E. St. John, C. Turner, M. Podar, M. B. Stott.  (In Press). Draft genome sequence of a Dictyoglomus sp. from an enrichment culture of a New Zealand geothermal spring. Genome Announcements.





Storesund,E. S.,  A. Lanzèn, A. García-Moyano, A.-L. Reysenbach and L. Øvreås. 2018. (In Press). Diversity patterns and isolation of Planctomycetes associated with metalliferous deposits from hydrothermal vent fields along the Valu Fa Ridge (SW Pacific). Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. 





Thomson, S.A., [...] L. A. Ruedas, et al. [184 authors].  2018.  Taxonomy based on science is necessary for global conservation. PLoS Biol 16(3): e2005075. 





The Spring 2018 Genome is out now! Click here for our digital copy or feel free to stop by the office (SRTC 246) to pick one up!




Student News



Emma Goodwin, from the Shortlidge Lab, has been selected for the prestigious National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program! The fellowship is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM.





Lindsay Holden presented a poster titled “Toxicogenomic Assessment of Copy Nember Variants and Differential Gene Expression Associated with Susceptibility to PCB Exposure” at the annual Society of Toxicology conference in San Antonio, Texas.