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.

Dr. Jessica Fox featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Why is it so hard to swat a fly? Scientists say they found that halteres — dumbbell-shaped evolutionary remnants of wings — are the reason why houseflies can takeoff quickly from any surface. You can listen and read a transcript here!

Rebecca Benard featured in article about rethinking instruction during the pandemic

During a typical fall term, students in Steven Hauck’s introductory geology lab would be handling rock and mineral samples together in class. Rebecca Benard’s anatomy and physiology students would be gathered around a model skeleton during her office hours, asking questions. Peter Shulman would be taking his advanced history students as a group...

Case Western Reserve biology, math researchers part of $3 million National Institutes of Health initiative to investigate how neurons work together to regulate movement

Case Western Reserve University researchers are part of an international team striving to crack the secrets of how our neurons—the nerve cells that send and receive signals to and from the brain—work together to regulate physical movements.  The research is spearheaded by Drs. Hillel Chiel of Biology and Peter...

Dr. Emmitt Jolly receives Tuskegee University’s College of Arts and Sciences 2020 Most Distinguished Alumni Award

Emmitt Jolly, an associate professor of biology at Case Western Reserve University, grew up in Alabama, just 20 miles from Tuskegee University. As a teenager, he worked at a farm in sweltering heat and, when that work ended, cleaned bathrooms and bussed tables at a local truck stop. Jolly’s fortunes...