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. 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...

New NIH grant in the Atit Lab

A DIFFERENT ANGLE Biologist Radhika Atit pursues a novel approach to treating a deadly disease BY DAVID LEVIN Fall | Winter 2020   Look closely at the natural world,  and you’ll see patterns everywhere. There’s the delicate spiral of flower petals sprouting from a bud. The hexagonal layout of a honeycomb. The highly ordered...

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...