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.

CWRU undergrad publishes study on millipedes in Costa Rica

Shane Cooley (B.A. Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism, 2021) is the lead author of a new study, entitled "Microhabitat partitioning is driven by preferences, not competition, in two Costa Rican millipede species," published in the Journal of Tropical Ecology. He conducted his research as part of a study abroad course...

Dr. Ron Oldfield leads discovery of new invasive fish

Second ‘Cichlid’ fish species—native to Mexico—now threatening waters of southern United States, invading waterways in Louisiana. Read the article in the Daily here.

Jessica Fox honored with 2021 John S. Diekhoff Award for Graduate Mentoring

Jessica Fox “makes scientists,” but her approach to mentoring focuses on a student’s entire well-being, not just their scientific knowledge. Read the rest of this article from The Daily here. here

Online learning during the pandemic – Research from the Department of Biology

Online Learning During the Pandemic   Did online learning during the Covid Pandemic magnify disparities among students and increase stress, and if so, did this translate to lower academic performance? Research conducted by students Madeline Balman (Department of Biology) and Claire Reynolds (Department of Chemistry), both members of Dr. Barbara Kuemerle’s...

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Study Abroad with the Department of Biology