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.

Biology BA/MS alumnus Russell Engleman published in Paleobiology.

Biology BA/MS alumnus Russell Engleman recently published an article in the journal Paleobiology that was selected for open access. The editors choose a handful of manuscripts every year to waive the open access fee, essentially making them free open access. The manuscripts that are chosen are generally deemed scientifically significant...

In Memoriam: James E. Zull

James E. Zull, professor emeritus in the biology department, died Oct. 27, at age 80. Among his many contributions during his 48 years on the faculty (1966–2014), Zull explored what brain science reveals about the nature of learning, and he made his conclusions accessible to educators in two influential...

Researchers in Biology featured in WIRED article

Drs. Sarah Diamond and Ryan Martin were included in a small group of researchers featured in a Wired Magazine article discussing how cities are causing species to evolve. You can find the article here: https://www.wired.com/story/urban-wildlife-evolution-climate-change/  

Arnold Caplan celebrates his 50th year at CWRU

On September 6, 2019 Arnold Caplan, Professor and Director of the Skeletal Research Center, known as the “father of MSCs”, celebrated the start of his 50th year here at Case Western Reserve University.  In honor of Arnold’s dedication to scientific research and to CWRU, a symposium and dinner was...