Department of Biology

Faculty Searches

Cell Center - Cryo-EM

The Department of Biology offers exceptional opportunities to learn, work, and collaborate across levels of biological organization and styles of research. Faculty research interests span the complete spectrum of biological phenomena and disciplines, from biochemistry to global environmental change. This breadth of research interests has led to development of three focused, yet overlapping, graduate training programs: Molecular, Cellular, and Evolutionary Biology (MCEB), Ecology Evolution and Organismal Biology (EEOB), and Microbial Biology.

Biology Development Brochure


Jan. 19, 2017 - Congratulations College of Science

Congratulations to the College of Science winners of the Governor's Medal for Science and Technology. See Full Story...



Biology professor introduces lice Home treatment Kit

Jan. 4, 2017 - Dale Clayton joined Good Things Utah (ABC-4) to describe the head lice Home Treatment Kit (HTK) now available to the public through his U of U spinoff company Larada Sciences.  The kit contains a home version of the heated air device developed in the Clayton-Bush lab a decade ago. The HTK is 99% effective against “super lice”, which have evolved resistance to the chemicals in head lice shampoos. See interview...

Biology Professor receives Blavatnik award

Nov. 28, 2016 – The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences announced the three winners of the 2016 Blavatnik Regional Awards at their annual gala. The winners include a U of U ecologist, Dr. Bill Anderegg, who has advanced our understanding of how forest ecosystems recover or die during drought; a physical chemist who studies electron transport in solar energy capture and conversion; and a condensed matter physicist who has provided theoretical guidance to experiments that have led to the direct observation of Majorana fermions. See Full Story... See YouTube video... 2016 Blavatnik Awards Gala...

Biology professor receives grant for smart helmet

Nov. 28, 2016 - Dr. David Carrier has received an NSF gran tin collaboration with Mechanical Engineering. The goal of the project is to reduce the risk of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) through smart technology that collects sensory data to predict and characterize impacts in real-time, optimizes protective mechanisms based on impact characteristics (e.g., direction, velocity), and transmits final impact attributes to a database for further analysis and injury risk prediction. The core research team includes: Mark Minor and co-investigators David Carrier, Brittany Coats, Andrew Merryweather and Neal Patwari. See Full Story...

Expanding Science's Reach

Nov. 9, 2016 - An after-school boxing club. A grocery store cooking class. A juvenile detention center. These likely aren’t the first venues that come to mind for scientists trying to bring their work to the public. For biology professor Nalini Nadkarni, however, the perfect venue is anywhere you can reach someone who hasn’t yet realized how much their life, interests, and experiences connect to science. Nadkarni has years of experience bringing science into faith communities, sports and even into the toy aisle. Recently, with the help of NASA and the National Science Foundation, she is expanding her efforts, training scientists in communication and public engagement, and expanding the horizons of prisoners, refugees and other underserved groups. See Full Story...

See more news...