As an important part of a student-centered research university, the Biology Department provides instruction on research and offers its undergraduates opportunities to participate in research. Our dynamic and award-winning faculty—from around the globe—mentor tomorrow's scientists, while also conducting research that is highly relevant to today's most significant questions in the biological sciences. The 230,000 sq. ft. Life Sciences Complex and its modern facilities—including a confocal microscope and five climate-controlled greenhouses—provide valuable tools for research and discovery, helping our faculty stay on the cusp of leading developments in the field of biology. The Biology undergraduate program is top-rate and flexible. Interested undergraduates also have opportunities for research and field work. Biology faculty advisors provide one-on-one guidance to MS and PhD students as they explore and refine their research interests.

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2018

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Developing a New Mechanical Model for Swarm Development in Myxococcus xanthus & Establishing a Genotype-to-Phenotype Correlation Between Swarm Pattern Formation and Gene Homology, Fatmagul Bahar

Characterization of the Role of JMJ14 in Modulating Plant Defense Responses in Arabidopsis, Dan Li

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The balance of poly(U) polymerase activity ensures germline identity, survival, and development in Caenorhabditis elegans, Yini Li

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USING PASSIVE ACOUSTICS TO INFER SPAWNING BEHAVIOR AND PHENOLOGY: A CASE STUDY OF HADDOCK ON GEORGES BANK, Elizabeth McDonald

The effect of plant dispersal on ecosystem function, Luka Negoita

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The effect of genome duplication on the reproductive ecology of plants, Laura Porturas

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Reducing cell wall recalcitrance in poplar through overexpression of cell wall degrading enzymes, Yao Xiao

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Characterization of interplay among DNA repair, histone H3 lysine 9 dimethylation and small interfering RNA pathway in Caenorhabditis elegans, BING YANG

2017

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INCREASED STRIATAL VULNERABILITY TO 3-NITROPROPIONIC ACID IN MALE, BUT NOT FEMALE, MICE LACKING INTERLEUKIN-1R1, Matthew Frederick Allen

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Endogenous RNAi pathways are required in neurons for dauer formation in Caenorhabditis elegans, Pallavi Bharadwaj

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Evolution, epistasis, and the genotype-to-phenotype problem in Myxococcus xanthus., Michael Bradley

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The Effects of Exogenous Hormones on the Progression of Oocytes through Prophase I of Meiosis, Deion Myles Burks

The Role of a Histone Methyltransferase in Arabidopsis Pathogen Defense, Irmak Erdem

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Bacterial polymertropism, the response to strain-induced alignment of polymers, David James Lemon

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina) Reproductive Advertisement Behavior And The Effects Of Vessel Noise, Leanna Matthews

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Dynamic Protein Movement Involved in Photoreceptors, Daisy Spoer

2016

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The Effects of Large Herbivores on Soil Organic Matter Quality in Terrestrial Ecosystems, Adrian Alvarez

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The Role of Intermediate Filament Proteins in Retinal Degeneration and Regeneration, Alexandria Aruck

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Structure-Guided Site-Directed Mutagenesis of the Bacterial ATP Synthase’s Epsilon Subunit, Mariam Bhatti

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Estrogens Regulate Metabolic Substrate Concentrations in Brains of Young Adult Female Rats: A Multiple Memory Systems Approach, Ella D'Amico

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IDENTIFYING THE INFLUENCE OF SELECTIVE EPISODES AND MECHANISMS ON REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS IN TRIBOLIUM CASTANEUM AND DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER, Elizabeth Metta Droge-Young

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Lactate as a Memory-Enhancing Metabolite Across the Lifespan in Male Fischer 344 Rats, Brooke Hamling

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Effect of Rapamycin as an Inhibitor of the mTOR Cell Cycle Entry Complex on the Selective Lysis of Human Leukemia Cells Lines in Vitro Using 20 kHz Pulsed Low-Frequency Ultrasound, Yasmine Hemida

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Understanding the role of sog-4 and sog-6 in the GLP-1/ NOTCH Signaling Pathway, Micheline Laing

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Improving the Nutrient Content of Agriculture Crops Through Community Ecology, Margo Malone