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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.


Dr. Chris Cullis steps down as Department of Biology ChairChris cake

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. Dr. Willis will begin his tenure as Department Chair on July 1, 2015.


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Karen Abbott named Early Career Fellow of Ecological Society of Americakaren-abbott

Karen Abbott, assistant professor of biology, was named an Early Career Fellow by the Ecological Society of America. The fellowship is awarded to individuals “who have begun making and show promise of continuing to make outstanding contributions” to the field of ecology.

Nine Early Career Fellows were named for 2015. The Ecological Society of America is the world’s largest society of professional ecologists, with around 10,000 members.

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Biology’s Rebecca Benard receives Wittke Award for commitment to students

A biology instructor who believes books and lectures aren’t enough has won a 2015 Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

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