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.

Emmitt Jolly
Emmitt Jolly

Emmitt Jolly lab featured in Science Daily for new publication

Date posted: October 5th, 2016

Heat shock protein appears to turn on Schistosoma invasion

The discovery, by a pair of researchers at Case Western Reserve University, is a step toward understanding the lifecycle of the parasites at the molecular level, once they enter the body. …Read more.


Biology Professor Robin Snyder joins editorial board at Ecology Letters

Date posted: September 29th, 2016

Robin Snyder recently agreed to join the editorial board of Ecology Letters.  Ecology Letters is a high visibility, rapid response journal with a current acceptance rate of 9%.
Ecology Letters
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Dr. Valerie Haywood presents at the American Society of Plant Biologists.

Date posted: August 19th, 2016

Biology’s Valerie Haywood presents at American Society of Plant Biologists annual conference

Valerie Haywood, senior instructor of biology, presented her ongoing work in undergraduate biology education at Plant Biology 2016, the annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists, in Austin, Texas, in July. …Read more.


Hilary Rollins awarded Frederick H. Stoye Award in Ecology and Ethology

Date posted: July 13th, 2016

CWRU Biology Department doctoral student Hilary Rollins was awarded the Frederick H. Stoye Award in Ecology and Ethology at the 2016 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists for her presentation “How do climate-change induced phenological shifts alter terrestrial competition between two amphibians?”  Hilary described the results of research that she has been conducting at the CWRU Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms on the effects of climate change on amphibian ecology. …Read more.

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