Research in the School of Biological Sciences
The School of Biological Sciences contains a wide variety of research labs that span biology - from ecology, evolution, and conservation biology, to genomics, molecular biology, and neurobiology. In 2018, we transitioned to a School to reflect our diverse research topics and teaching mission, while carrying on the rich legacy of a truly broad biology department. We also collaborate extensively with colleagues in other departments on campus and around the world.
Research Interest Areas
Behavior & Neurobiology
Behavior of animals and its neurological basis
Biochemistry & Structural Biology
Molecular underpinnings of the biological world
Structure and function of the fundamental unit of life
Evolutionary consequences of interactions between species
Growth from a single cell to a complex multicellular organism
Ecology & Conservation Biology
Determinants of the distribution and abundance of organisms
Influence of biotic and abiotic factors on organisms
Evolution & Biodiversity
Mechanisms governing phenotypic variation and diversity of organisms
Genetics & Genomics
Mechanisms and outcomes of inheritance
Diversity of microbes and interactions with their environment
Physiology & Functional Morphology
Relationship between structure, function and physiology of organisms
Determinants of plant diversity, form and function
Join the School of Biological Sciences
Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are not the only people doing research at the School. Undergraduates can also get involved by contacting professors directly for opportunities. Through the College of Science’s new Scientific Research Initiative (SRI), incoming freshmen have an opportunity to participate in discovery-based research.
Tiffany Do, Undergraduate Research Scholar
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