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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

Behavior & Neurobiology

How animals use their nervous systems to shape behavior

Biochemistry & Structural Biology

How the molecular machinery of life assembles and works

Cell Biology

How the basic units of life construct themselves and function

Coevolutionary Biology

How species that interact closely shape each other

Developmental Biology

How complex organisms arise from single cells

Ecology & Conservation Biology

How interactions affect the distributions and abundances of species

Ecosystem Science

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

Microbial Biology

How single-celled organisms rule the world

Physiology & Functional Morphology

How organisms work as highly structured machines

Plant Biology

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.

CONTACT FACULTY                       SRI for UNDERGRADS