Department of Biology

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.

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Valerie-Haywood2014-500x603

Dr. Valerie Haywood presents at the American Society of Plant Biologists.

Date posted: August 19th, 2016

Biology’s Valerie Haywood presents at American Society of Plant Biologists annual conference

Valerie Haywood, senior instructor of biology, presented her ongoing work in undergraduate biology education at Plant Biology 2016, the annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists, in Austin, Texas, in July. …Read more.

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Hilary_With_Certificate

Hilary Rollins awarded Frederick H. Stoye Award in Ecology and Ethology

Date posted: July 13th, 2016

CWRU Biology Department doctoral student Hilary Rollins was awarded the Frederick H. Stoye Award in Ecology and Ethology at the 2016 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists for her presentation “How do climate-change induced phenological shifts alter terrestrial competition between two amphibians?”  Hilary described the results of research that she has been conducting at the CWRU Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms on the effects of climate change on amphibian ecology. …Read more.

Adrienn Varga
Adrienn Varga

Like humans, lowly cockroach uses a GPS to get around, scientists find

Date posted: July 11th, 2016

Lead author, PhD student Adrienn G. Varga, and her P.I., Dr. Roy Ritzmann, have been published in Current Biology. Read more about by clicking here! …Read more.

Sydney Brannoch
Sydney Brannoch

CWRU and Cleveland Museum of Natural History Researchers featured across several news outlets

Date posted: June 2nd, 2016

Biology PhD candidate Sydney Brannoch and her research advisor, Dr. Gavin Svenson of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, have been featured across several news outlets for the paper that Brannoch recently published in which she identifies a new species of praying mantis: Ilomantis ginsburgae. …Read more.

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