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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2016

The evolution of alternative mating tactics in the yellow dung fly, Brian Gress

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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

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Defining the Pathway for Misfolded Protein Degradation in Retinitis Pigmentosa Caused by the Rhodopsin-P23H Mutation, Eric Merrell

Quantification of factors influencing the sporulation phenotype in Myxococcus xanthus, Devin Neu

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Assessing the contribution of geography and host use to genetic structure in New York populations of the parasitoid wasp, Aphidius ervi, Haley Jay Plasman

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The Effects of Genetic and Environmental Variation on Growth and Flowering, Kelly Marie Schmid

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The Influence Of Peer-Led Team Learning on Underrepresented Minority Student Achievement in Introductory Biology and Recruitment and Retention In Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Majors, Jeremy David Sloane

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Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Pathogen Defense: The Role of JMJ3 in Arabidopsis thaliana, Nelson Trysler

2015

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Specification of V2b and KA neurons in the zebrafish spinal cord., Liwia Anna Andrzejczuk

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Impacts of ship noise on the nighttime foraging behaviors of the North Atlantic humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), Hannah Blair

FORAGING in FRACTALS? A DEDUCTIVE TEST OF TWO MECHANISTIC COMMUNITY ASSEMBLY MODELS, Elisabeth Bodnaruk

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Estrodial effects on age-related shifts in learning and memory: A multiple memory systems approach, Luis Castelan

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Deciphering the Neuroprotective Potential of Interleukin-1β (IL-1β) using in vitro Murine Models of Oxidative Stress, Twinkle Chowdhury

Characterization of three Arabidopsis genes involved in regulating defense and flowering, Nikhilesh Dhar

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The Use of Shape Memory Polymers as a Tool to Study Human Fibrosarcoma and Murine Mesenchymal Stem Cell Migration, Justin N. Elkhechen

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Maternal Obesity and Incidence of Depression, Caroline A. Habjan

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Functional traits and resource-use strategies of native and invasive plants in Eastern North American forests, Jacob Mason Heberling

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Effects of plant invasions on ecosystem processes: Linking above- and below-ground resource-use strategies of native and invasive species in Eastern U.S. forests, Insu Jo

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Exercise-Induced Adult Neruogenesis and the Seizure Threshold: the Role of COX-2, Gina Kim

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Discrimination of age, sex, and individual identity using the upcall of the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis), Jessica McCordic

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The Incidence of Chagas Coinfections Amongst Acute Dengue Patients in Machala, Ecuador, Elizabeth A. McMahon

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Human-Managed vs. Natural Grazing Systems: Exploring Effects of Livestock and Wildlife Grazing at Multiple Scales, Megan Esther McSherry