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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1998

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Structural and functional studies on the catalytic mechanism of glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase from Leuconostoc mesenteroides, Michael Scott Cosgrove

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Transport of ER Vesicles on Actin Filaments in Neurons by Myosin V, George M. Langford, Joel S. Tabb, Bradley J. Molyneaux, Darien L. Cohen, and Sergei A. Kuznetsov

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Insulin-like growth factor stimulation of myoblast proliferation is specified by a serum activity, mitogenic competence factor, Francis Joseph McWade

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Three-dimensional structure determination of a subunit of the HIV-1 packaging signal, Lucia Pappalardo

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Mate choice in the presence of sperm parasites, Timothy James Wisniewski

1997

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Integrating prior experiences into behavioral decisions: The effect of prior fighting experiences on the contest behavior of Rivulus marmoratus, a hermaphroditic fish, Yuying Hsu

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Identification and characterization of Hhp1p, a heterochromatin-associated protein in Tetrahymena thermophila, Hui Huang

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The role of metapopulation dynamics in the persistence of rare species, Brenda Price Latham

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Genetic and molecular characterization of genes involved in Caenorhabditis elegans germ line development, Li Qiao

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Mapping sites of deposition-related acetylation in newly synthesized H3 and H4 during chromatin assembly and maturation in vitro and in vivo, Richard E. Sobel

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The role of nitrogen and leaf development in plant-insect interactions, D. Alexander Wait

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The Interaction between Cytoplasmic Dynein and Dynactin is Required for Fast Axonal Transport, Clare M. Waterman-Storer, Sher B. Karki, Sergei A. Kunetsov, Joel S. Tabb, Dieter G. Weiss, George M. Langford, and Erika L.F. Holzbaur

1996

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Identification and molecular characterization of a type-A histone acetyltransferase from Tetrahymena thermophila, James Edward Brownell

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Study of the S. cerevisiae mitochondrial chaperonin, Hsp60, and the identification and characterization of SCS1/RTS1, a high-copy suppressor of Hsp60(ts), Youmin Shu

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The association of space use and aggressive behavior in nesting male dwarf gourami (Colisa lalia Hamilton-Buchanan), Michael Urbancic Tlusty

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Fire effects in the grasslands of Yellowstone National Park, Benjamin Franklin Tracy

1995

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Analysis of the Multiple Roles of gld-I in Germline Development: Interactions With the Sex Determination Cascade and the glP-1 Signaling Pathway, Ross Francis, Eleanor M. Maine, and Tim Schedl

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A Phylogenetic Analysis of Vertebrate and Invertebrate Notch-Related Genes, Eleanor M. Maine, James L. Lissemore, and William T. Starmer

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Enhancers of gZP1, a Gene Required for Cell-Signaling in Caenorhabditis elegans, Define a Set of Genes Required for Germline Development, Li Qiao, James L. Lissemore, Pei Shu, Anne Smardon, Melanie B. Gelber, and Eleanor M. Maine

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Effects of elevated CO(2) on plant-grazer interactions, Brian John Wilsey

1994

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Movement of Axoplasmic Organelles on Actin Filaments from Skeletal Muscle, George M. Langford, Sergie A. Kuznetsov, Dale Johnson, Darien L. Cohen, and Dieter G. Weiss

1993

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Intragenic Dominant Suppressors of glp-1, a Gene Essential for Cell-Signaling in Caenorhabditis elegans, Support a Role for cdcl O/SWZ6/Ankyrin Motifs in GLP-1 Function, James L. Lissemore, Peter D. Currie, Christine M. Turk, and Eleanor M. Maine

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Suppressors of glp-1, a Gene Required for Cell Communication During Development in Caenorhabditis elegans, Define a Set of Interacting Genes, Eleanor M. Maine and Judith Kimble

1992

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Molecular Basis of Loss-of-Function Mutations in the glp-1 Gene of Caenorhabitis elegans, Voula Kodoyianni, Eleanor M. Maine, and Judith Kimble

1991

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Carboxy-Terminal Truncation Activates glp-1 Protein to Specify Vulval Fates in Caenorhabditis elegans, Susan E. Mango, Eleanor M. Maine, and Judith Kimble