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
How animals use their nervous systems to shape behavior
Biochemistry & Structural Biology
How the molecular machinery of life assembles and works
How the basic units of life construct themselves and function
How species that interact closely shape each other
How complex organisms arise from single cells
Ecology & Conservation Biology
How interactions affect the distributions and abundances of species
How regional domains of life respond to biotic and abiotic factors
Evolution & Biodiversity
How species diverge from their ancestors and each other
Genetics & Genomics
How genes and environments interact to shape phenotypes
How single-celled organisms rule the world
Physiology & Functional Morphology
How organisms work as highly structured machines
How plants diversify and make the fuels used by other living things
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.
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U Biology Centers, Facilities and Field Stations
- Center for Cell and Genome Science
- Center for Quantitative Biology
- Global Change and Sustainability Center
- Stable Isotope Ratio Facility for Environmental Research (SIRFER)
- Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa - Field Station
- Red Butte Canyon - Research Natural Area
- Wilkes Center for Climate Science and Policy
- Center for High Performance Computing