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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2011

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Evolution of Complex Sperm Morphology, Dawn M. Higginson

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The Maintenance of Male Color Polymorphism in Poecilia parae, Jorge L. Hurtado-Gonzales

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Effects of Ethanol on Social Behavior & Brain Structure, Lua Jafari

High Throughput Screening of Aptamers, Gillian Vimbai Kupakuwana

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Structural and Functional Characterization of a Putative CitMHS Protein from Bacillus anthracis, Qi Wen Li

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Identification, cloning and fluorescent-tagging of protamines of the flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, Kristina Martimucci

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Pathophysiology and Treatment of Septic and Traumatic Shock, Lyuba Polinkovsky

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Modular Inheritance of Color Pattern in Lake Malawi Cichlid Fishes, Jennifer Roscoe

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Determination of the Amino Acids Involved in the Interactions Between DPY-30 and ASH2L, Key Components of the MLL1 Core Complex, Carey Stuart

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The Basis and Implications of Genetic Counseling in Patient Testing Choice, Yanina Tovpeko

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Growth of Yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, under Hypergravity Conditions, Sapir Vangruber

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Modeling Hemorrhagic Stroke and Vasospasm in the Rodent, Sarah Katherine Jane Wendel

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The Consequence of Anthropogenic Disturbance on Communication and the Operation of Sexual Selection in the Eastern Bluebird (Sialia Sialis), Ellen Michale Wisner

2010

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A Molecular Basis for Craniofacial Laterality in Fishes, Karen Adams

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Fire and the reasons for its influence on mammalian herbivore distributions in an African savanna ecosystem, Stephanie L. Eby

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Grassland Root Communities: Species Distributions and How They Are Linked to Aboveground Abundance., Douglas Frank, Alyssa Pontes, Eleanor M. Maine, Julie Caruana, Ramesh Raina, Surahbi Raina, and Jason Fridley

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Role of Estrogen Receptor Expression in Estrogen (E-2)-Induced Modulation of Th1 and Th2 Cytokine Responses, Bertille Gaigbe-Togbe

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The Effect of Exogenous Estrogens on Primordial Follicle Assembly in Vivo, Jenna Rose Karavan

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Understanding the Genetic and Molecular Mechanisms of the SHL3 phenotype in Arabidopsis thaliana, Sukeerti Kesar

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mTOR in Cell Signaling and Size Enlargement as a Target for the Chemico-Physical Therapy of Cancer, Gabriela Krawiec

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Metabolic and genetic engineering of Escherichia coli for the production of nonulosonic acid sugars, Benjamin Robert Lundgren

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Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Grasslands of Yellowstone National Park: A Role for Plant-Fungal Mutualism in Grassland Sustainability, Tanya R. Murray

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Role of Secondary Interactions (π, agostic) as well as Solvent Influence on Alkali metal complexes, Elizabeth D. Nagle

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Production and In Vitro Investigation of Vitamin B12-Based Bioprobes, Amy Rabideau

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Effect of Inflorescence Size on Female Choice in Wild Radish, Raphanus raphanistrum, Mylenne H. Salinas