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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Regulation of in vivo excitatory/inhibitory balance by the cystine/glutamate exchanger system xc-, Sheila Marie Shahidzadeh Sears

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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

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Characterization of Newly Created Mitochondrial Genes Affecting Drosophila melanogaster Sperm Phenotypes through Genetic Manipulation, Makayla Dearborn

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Male-biased retrogenes in Drosophila melanogaster: integration of novel genes into pathways governing sperm development, Katherine Eng

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

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Development of a Spermatogenesis Specific Gene Driver Using the UAS-GAL4 System, Jake Figaniak

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UBR-5, a conserved HECT-Type E3 ubiquitin ligase, negatively regulates notch-type signaling in Caenorhabditis elegans, Anniya Gu

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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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Divergent allocation strategies between annuals and perennials in the field, Genevieve Pilch

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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

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