The department is composed of 24 faculty involved in world renowned research in the areas of bioinformatics, cell and molecular biology, ecology and evolution, behavioral science, conservation, human anatomical sciences, microbiology, and plant sciences. Our faculty have produced research that has earned numerous patents, as well as generous funding by premier granting institutions, including U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Science Foundation, Department of the Interior, and Institute for Genomic Research, among others.
Read more about faculty research by exploring our faculty pages. Learn more about opportunities for undergraduates to work in research labs in the department, as well as funded opportunities for undergraduate research. In addition, visit the faculty research sites listed below.
Faculty websites outlining their main research studies:
- Comparative Gastrovascular Dynamics of Cnidarians (Neil Blackstone lab)
- Community Ecology & Trophic Interactions (Nicholas Barber lab)
- Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology of Midwestern Amphibians and Reptiles (Richard King lab)
- Molecular Studies of Agriculturally and Medically Important Fungi (Ana Calvo lab)
- Treatment of human brain cancer cells with neutron irradiation (Linda Yasui lab)
- Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology (Holly Jones lab)
- Paleontology, Skeletal Biology and Paleobiogeography (Karen Samonds lab)
- The Genomes of Modern Microbes (Wesley Swingley lab)