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, 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.

wood frog
wood frog

Road salt causes odd growth spurts, early mortality in NE Ohio frogs, CWRU study finds

Date posted: August 20th, 2015

A team of biologists [lead by the Department of Biology’s Dr. Mike Benard] from Case Western Reserve University suspected millions of tons of salt dumped each winter on our roadways couldn’t possibly be good for ponds and wetlands, and they launched a research project to find out the extent of the harm. …Read more.

Biology PhD student Kyle Logue publishes in Molecular Ecology.

Date posted: July 30th, 2015

Kyle Logue, in the lab of Dr. Peter Zimmerman, has published in Molecular Ecology. “Whole-genome sequencing reveals absence of recent gene flow and separate demographic histories for Anopheles punctulatus mosquitoes in Papua New Guinea.” Read the article here. …Read more.

Mark Willis Chair
Mark Willis Chair

Biology welcomes new Department Chair, Dr. Mark Willis

Date posted: July 16th, 2015

Dr. Willis began his tenure as Department Chair on July 1, 2015. He has been with the department since 2001. Read about his research interests on his website here. …Read more.

Chris cake
Chris cake

Dr. Chris Cullis steps down as Biology Chair

Date posted: June 18th, 2015

Dr. Chris Cullis’s tenure as Department Chair was honored on Tuesday, June 16h. Incoming chair, Dr. Mark Willis spoke briefly about the improvements to the department under Dr. Cullis and hung his picture along side the past department chairs in Clapp 405. …Read more.

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