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Department of Biological Sciences

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As a subject, biology covers a lot of ground. Research in our department spans the full range of organisms (prokaryote and eukaryote, plant and animal, invertebrate and vertebrate), levels (genetics and biochemistry to physiology and development to ecology and environment) and evolutionary scales (population to phylum).

Research Groups

Our graduate and research faculty are organized into three broad groups which represent natural divisions within the department, with responsibilities to organize activities specifically relevant to the group. The groups are not restrictive; many individual faculty align with more than one group due to the breadth of their research interests.

Ecology & Evolution

Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

Plant Sciences


Graduate Faculty Research Interests

Graduate Faculty interests and activities often integrate multiple and diverse research themes. There is a wide range of research represented within the department, with faculty members with active interests in each area.

Cancer Biology
Cell and Developmental Biology
Conservation Biology
Insect Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Marine Biology
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Physiology and Behavior
Plant Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Viral Biology