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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, Biochemistry, 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.


Department of Biology alum receives prestigious awardTesar

Still early in his career, Paul Tesar’s continuous string of accomplishments grew even more robust on Jan. 20 when he was named the recipient of the prestigious International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Outstanding Young Investigator Award, the premier international award for young stem cell researchers. Tesar will accept the honor at the 2015 ISSCR annual meeting this June in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Graduate Student Angeline Catena publishes in Palaeontologia Electronicacatena















Click here to read about Angeline Catena’s paper published in Palaeontologia Electronica. Angeline is in the lab of Dr. Darin Croft.



Dr. Arnold Caplan featured in Orthopedics Today articleImage: David Schwartz Photography

More research needed to fully harness power of stem cells in sports medicine

Stem cells have demonstrated promise across all facets of medicine, including sports medicine, where early results have exhibited the potential for enhanced cartilage, tendon and meniscal healing.

These results have increased demand among patients. Several high-profile professional athletes, including National Football League players Chris Johnson and Peyton Manning and Cy Young-winning pitcher Bartolo Colon, have sought relatively untested cell-based therapies for sports-related injuries.

Still, many aspects of stem cells remain unknown. In this issue, Orthopedics Today talks to leaders in stem cell research and medicine to find out how these burgeoning therapies can be applied in sports medicine, whether there is sufficient evidence to support their widespread use and what obstacles block their use.

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