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.

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.

Biology students Vishal Bobba and Barry Teich at Ginn Academy
Biology students Vishal Bobba and Barry Teich at Ginn Academy

Microbiology students attend local High School as part of nation-wide collaboration

Date posted: April 27th, 2016

Students from Dr. Dianne Kube’s Microbiology class visited sophomore students and their teacher, Catherine Herman, at Ginn Academy in Cleveland. They were taking part in a nation-wide collaboration with Yale University – Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in the Environment (PARE). …Read more.

Michael Moore
Michael Moore

Dr. Ryan Martin’s lab publishes in Ecology Letters

Date posted: March 14th, 2016

Led by grad student Michael Moore, Dr. Martin’s lab has a new publication out: “The predictability and magnitude of life-history divergence to ecological agents of selection: a meta-analysis in livebearing fishes”  in the journal Ecology Letters.  …Read more.

Ana Locci
Ana Locci

University Farm featured in Chagrin Valley Times

Date posted: February 3rd, 2016

Professor Christopher Cullis, Margaret Cullis, and University Farm Director Ana Locci are featured in an article about the Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms, owned by Case Western Reserve University. Read a PDF of the article here. …Read more.

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