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.


Valerie Haywood joins governing board of PKAL

Date posted: November 17th, 2015

Biology’s Valerie Haywood named to governing board of Ohio-Project Kaleidoscope
Valerie Haywood, senior instructor in the Department of Biology, recently joined the governing board of the Ohio-Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), a region network of the national organization. …Read more.

Post Docs in Biology release a software package

Date posted: October 28th, 2015

Researchers in Dr. Karen Abbott’s lab recently released a software package for studying stochastic dynamical systems. The package, written for the programming language R, is called QPot (short for quasi-potential, which is one of its primary analytic tools). …Read more.

jean burns
jean burns

Biology’s Jean Burns to be interviewed this weekend

Date posted: October 15th, 2015

Tune into WINT 1330 AM on Saturday, October 17th to hear Chris Bond interview Dr. Jean Burns about invasive species on his radio program “Keeping it Green.”
EDIT: Here is a link to download the show!  …Read more.

Michael Moore
Michael Moore

PhD Student Michael Moore publishes in Ecology

Date posted: September 23rd, 2015

Michael Moore, a PhD student in the lab of Dr. Ryan Martin, has a new paper published in the prestigious journal Ecology, stemming from work conducted during his masters thesis. Follow the link to learn more. …Read more.

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