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. Mark Willis among scientists interviewed in Mashable article about Asian giant hornets.

Don't buy the 'murder hornet' hype Giant hornets, like you, need protein. The two-inch-long wasps Vespa mandarinia — regrettably dubbed “murder hornets” — attack bee colonies because they teem with prey. These hornets are remarkable, tenacious-looking animals. They're the biggest wasps in the world. The problem is they’re native to Asia, but in 2019 and...

Going buggy during the pandemic lockdown.

Going Buggy During the Pandemic Lockdown By: Kim Thompson, Research Technician, Willis Lab Kim Thompson, Research Technician in Dr. Mark Willis's lab, with her charges (Manduca Sexta moth and caterpillar).   In March 2020, when we first heard that the semester was going to continue remotely, and as students were making arrangements to...

Aquatic Biology, Social Distancing Style

An update from Deb Harris, instructor of BIOL 339, Aquatic Biology Lab. Aquatic Bio involves trips to the University Farm. To accommodate bussing to the farm, the students were divided into two groups (allowing students to choose which group).   For the in-lab lessons their microscope stations are spread out and...

Dr. Sarah Bagby part of team of researchers who were collectively awarded $12.5 million from the NSF.

Case Western Reserve University is one among 14 universities from around the globe that have collectively been awarded $12.5 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to launch a new Biology Integration Institute (BII) to study the feedbacks between microbial ecosystems and climate change. The five-year project, called EMERGE, for “EMergent Ecosystem...