Department of Biological Sciences

Through a unique combination of strengths, the Department of Biological Sciences provides pathways to successful careers in research, academia, industry, government, and biology-based professions. The teaching and research within the department cover many interests yet find common ground in shared technology, the use of model organisms, and a focus on the fundamental principles that govern biological systems.The department focuses is on life-enhancing research and solutions to real-world problems.

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    Belfort appointed to NIH Advisory Council

    The National Institutes of Health announced that Dr. Marlene Belfort was one of nine individuals recently appointed to the NIH Council of Councils, which advises the NIH Director of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives. Council members provide advice beyond the research agenda of any individual institute or center, including making recommendations on research that represents important areas of emerging scientific opportunities, rising public health challenges, or knowledge gaps that deserve special emphasis or would otherwise benefit from strategic planning and coordination..
  • Graduate Student's Work to Appear on Cover of Prominent Journal

    The work of graduate student, Chen Wang, appears in the February 1 issue of Developmental Biology (Wang & Szaro, 2015, Dev Bio 398: 11-23), and an image from her work is featured on the cover. The research was on a new, simplified method, which she developed in the lab of Professor Ben Szaro, for evaluating the activity of gene regulatory elements within an intact, developing vertebrate animal through the injection of modified plasmid DNAs into frog embryos. The cover photograph shows fluorescent labeling of tadpole hindbrain neurons with two different fluorescent proteins, resulting from co-injection of separate plasmid DNAs into a single cell of a 2-cell stage embryo. The images were taken with the Confocal Microscope in the Biological Imaging Facility.
  • student researchers with faculty in biology and RNA activities in labs in the Life Science Building photo: Mark Schmidt

    Life Sciences Research Symposium VI Award Recipients Announced

    Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology presented on their research on December 12, 2014. The program included 17 talks, 32 posters, and a keynote presentation by Dr. Thomas Kiehl, Principal Investigator at the Neural Stem Cell Institute. [More...]