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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



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Behavior & Neurobiology


Behavior of animals and its neurological basis


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Biochemistry & Structural Biology


Molecular underpinnings of the biological world


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Cell Biology


Structure and function of the fundamental unit of life


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Coevolutionary Biology


Evolutionary consequences of interactions between species


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Developmental Biology


Growth from a single cell to a complex multicellular organism


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Ecology & Conservation Biology


Determinants of the distribution and abundance of organisms


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Ecosystem Science


Influence of biotic and abiotic factors on organisms


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Evolution & Biodiversity


Mechanisms governing phenotypic variation and diversity of organisms


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Genetics & Genomics


Mechanisms and outcomes of inheritance


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Microbial Biology


Diversity of microbes and interactions with their environment


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Physiology & Functional Morphology


Relationship between structure, function and physiology of organisms


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Plant Biology


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.

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