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.

Undergraduate Awards in Biology – 2020

(For Photos and bios please click here). 2020 Department of Biology Undergraduate Awards   Daniel Burke Prize (for excellence in both biology and chemistry)……………………………….………..Cindy Ho Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Award (for outstanding academic performance in biology)………………………………….Alexa Smith Francis Hobart Herrick Prize (for outstanding biological research and academic excellence in biology) ……..Timothy Nehila J. Paul Visscher Memorial Award of...

Department of Biology alum Paul Tesar receives J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring

There are treatments, but no cures, for millions of people worldwide suffering from diseases such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and leukodystrophies (rare genetic diseases that affect the brain and spinal cord). This is why Paul Tesar and his lab continue to conduct promising translational research using stem cells...

Biology Alumna and Faculty run workshops at University of Pennsylvania

On March 6-8, 2020, two affiliates of the Biology Department ran two workshops at the Special Species Symposium 2020. The Symposium is an annual weekend-long training event for veterinary students interested in exotic animals. This year it was hosted by the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine and...

Graduate Student Michael Rauscher wins 3rd place in the Art of Stem

PhD student Michael Rauscher, in Dr. Fox's lab, has won 3rd place in the Art of Stem.  His submission was called "Flyalyzer" and it's a screenshot from a program he wrote of the same name for kinematic analysis of Drosophila in tethered flight. It allows him to measure the downstroke...