Michael Shapiro

Skeletons of domestic pigeons facing each other. The left skeleton has a short beak, the right one has a long beak.

Darwin’s short-beak enigma solved

A mutation in the ROR2 gene is linked to beak size reduction in numerous breeds of domestic pigeons. Surprisingly, mutations in ROR2 also underlie a human disorder called Robinow syndrome.


A woman scientist looks through a microscope

Why wait? New initiative gets students into the lab early

In 2020, the College of Science will give hundreds of undergraduates the opportunity to contribute to real research projects the year that they step onto campus.


THE GENE BENEATH MY WING…PATTERNS

U researchers discover the gene that drives diverse patterns on pigeon wings has unexpected links to human blindness.


2016 PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS

Award celebrates exceptional mid-career faculty and provides funding for their work.