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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.


Biology graduate student awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research FellowshipAbe Perez

Abe Perez, a PhD student in the lab of Dr. Sarah Diamond, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to fund his research on linking insect community responses to urbanization with morphology and physiology. He is one of three Case students to receive the highly competitive award, and the only student from Arts & Sciences; at the national level, the success rate was 12%, or 2000 funded proposals out of 16,500 total. For information on the Diamond lab, click here:



CWRU researchers find possible trigger to skin fibrosisatit-feat

When her father was diagnosed with lung-scarring pulmonary fibrosis, Radhika Atit, an associate professor of biology at Case Western Reserve University, began digging into every detail about the disease.

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Graduate Student in Biology discovers new “Shape-shifting” frogKathy Krynak 1

Katherine Krynak, a PhD student at Case Western Reserve University and her husband Tim Krynak, project manager at Cleveland Metroparks Natural Resources Division, discovered the new species, called the Mutable rainfrog (Pristimantis mutabilis), in 2006 at nature preserve Reserva Las Gralarias. The couple nicknamed the amphibian the “punk rocker” frog for its thorn-like spines. It wasn’t until three years later that the couple discovered the species’ secret shape-shifting skills, which may help the marble-size frog be better camouflaged in its mossy surroundings.

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