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.

The BioScience Alliance and PhD candidates Maura Plocek and Kaylin Tennant featured in The Daily

The Biology department's BioScience Alliance, a high-impact collaboration of Cleveland-area research and training programs which includes the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Holden Arboretum, featured in The Daily. Highlighted is the partnership between CWRU and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Kristen Lukas, director of conservation and science at...

Dr. Ronald Oldfield quoted in Popular Mechanics

Dr. Ronald Oldfield talks with Popular Mechanics about the new record-holder for the largest freshwater fish: a giant stingray that measures about 13 feet long and weighs 660 pound. Read more about it here: How the World’s Largest Freshwater Fish Grew to a Whopping 660 Pounds

Dr. Jean Burns is quoted in The Washington Post article How to get rid of mosquitoes without killing friendly pollinators

In the July 6th Washington Post article, How to get rid of mosquitoes without killing friendly pollinators, writer Laura Daily shares with readers how sprays, even eco-friendly or all-natural ones, may be harmful to pollinators.

Dr. Karen Abbott honored with 2022 John S. Diekhoff Award for Graduate Mentoring

The Diekhoff Award honors John S. Diekhoff, a distinguished scholar, teacher, mentor and administrator who served Case Western Reserve in several capacities during his tenure from 1956 to 1970: professor of English, chair of the Department of English, dean of Cleveland College, acting dean of the School of Graduate...

View our Spring 2022 Graduate Student Awards Here!

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