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The Department of Biology provides training for both undergraduate and graduate students. The strongest areas of training in the program are in Animal Behavior, Cell and Developmental Biology, Computational Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Plant Biotechnology.  In addition, the Department is closely affiliated with other divisions such as the School of Medicine and the Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.  Cooperative programs outside of Case, including the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and the Holden Arboretum allow for students to have a variety of resources at hand.  Research in the department is primarily conducted in one of three focus areas: Cell and Developmental Biology, Neurobiology and Neuromechanical Systems, or Evolution and Ecology.  This focus framework allows faculty to build on common research interests. Mentored teaching and research programs with faculty and students foster a strong educational environment in the Department.

Dr. Ron Oldfield featured in The Daily for fish discovery

Date posted: February 13th, 2017

Biology faculty member Ron Oldfield featured by Case Daily for the discovery of a fish that uses sneaking behavior as a stealth mating strategy. Read the full article by clicking here.  …Read more.

Jennifer Murphy’s paper highlighted as “Editor’s Choice” at the American Journal of Botany

Date posted: January 17th, 2017

Jennifer Muprhy, a graduate student in Dr. Jean Burn’s lab, recently had her paper demonstrating that fixed trait differences, rather than phenotype plasticity are correlated with invasiveness in the Roses named “Editor’s Choice” at the American Journal of Botany. …Read more.

New Assistant Professor in Biology, Sarah Bagby, published in PNAS

Date posted: January 3rd, 2017

Incoming assistant professor Sarah Bagby is lead author on a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this week. The paper, which will be featured on the cover of the journal’s print edition, is the first analysis of the rates of seafloor biodegradation of the oil that contaminated the Gulf of Mexico seafloor after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. …Read more.

Biology students win awards at the 2016 Fall Intersections

Date posted: December 16th, 2016

Three undergraduates working under the mentorship of Biology Department faculty won awards at the Fall 2016 CWRU-wide undergraduate research forum, Intersections.  Mahima Devarajan in Dr. Radhika Atit’s lab and Alexandra Faidiga, in Dr. …Read more.

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