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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, 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.

Former student from Jean Burns’s lab starts new job

Date posted: August 22nd, 2017

Former undergraduate in the lab of Dr. Jean Burns, Angela Kaczowka, starts an Assistant Professor of Practice position at Agricultural Education Department, University of Arizona. Congratulations to Angela! …Read more.

Dept of Biology researchers in UNDARK

Date posted: July 27th, 2017

Dr. Sarah Diamond and her collaborators were featured in UNDARK last week. You can read the full article here:
What City Ants Can Teach Us About Species Evolution And Climate Change …Read more.

Robin Snyder’s paper wins award

Date posted: June 9th, 2017

Dr Robin Snyder is the recipient of the American Society of Naturalists Presidential Award for best paper published in the American Naturalists in 2016. The paper: “We happy few: Using structured population models to identify the decisive events in the lives of exceptional individuals” can be found here: …Read more.

Dr. Rich Drushel receives the Wittke Award

Date posted: May 11th, 2017

The Department of Biology’s Dr. Rich Drushel was this year’s recipient of the Wittke Award.
The Carl F. Wittke Award was established in 1971 in honor of Carl Wittke, a former faculty member, dean and vice president of Western Reserve University. …Read more.


SIBER Annual Conference, June 9-10, 2017

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