The Biology Department offers an array of research
experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students. We have
a newly constructed, live-animal facility (the Biology Resource Center),
a molecular biology center including an automated DNA sequencer, a
new computer laboratory, and many other research spaces for work at
the molecular, cellular, and whole-animal levels. The Department has
19 full-time faculty that have research
interests that include the molecular biology, genetics, and physiology
of hypertension, the evolution of fat metabolism in vertebrates, fish
physiology, the ecology and evolution of plant mating systems, natural
suppresser cell inhibition of Th1 cells, inbreeding depression in
a self-compatible shrimp, the evolution of sexual reproduction in
fish, gas exchange and acid-base regulation in vertebrate ectotherms,
developmental endocrinology, the role of the cytoskeleton in organelle
translocation in Vaucheria, ecology and population biology
of reptiles, physiological ecology and life histories of amphibians
and reptiles, exercise physiology, medical bacteriology, structure
and evolution of plant mitochondrial genomes.
Scholarship and Research
Grant Opportunities for Students in Biology
Below you will find a few pictures of graduate and undergraduate
students working on a variety of research projects.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities:
The Department of Biology has many faculty that maintain active research
programs. Many of these research projects will not realize their
full potential without the assistance of interested undergraduates.
Research participation may take the form of general lab maintenance
to active participation in experiments and even experimental design.
Students with a real desire to experience science in action and to
gain valuable work experience are encouraged to seek out professors
in the department to inquire about opportunities. Even if one
faculty member may not need assistance at a particular time, they
will be able to direct you to others that may be able to help.
Graduate Research Opportunities: