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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2008

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Studying gene function in Caenorhabditis elegans using RNA-mediated interference, Eleanor M. Maine

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Ethanol Exposure in Rats and its Effect on Genetic Markers, Ceena Philipose

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The Role of Estrogen Receptor Alpha in Neonatal Oocyte Development, Jemella C. Raymore

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Expressing a Mammalian Signaling Protein in E. coli, Soyika A. Richardson

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Influence of Carbonate on the Binding of Carboplatin to DNA, Robert S. Sorokanich

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Understanding prokaryotic diversity in the post-genomics era, Garret Suen

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Exploring transcriptional regulators that control emergent behaviors in Myxococcus xanthus, Rion G. Taylor

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Asymmetric Jaw Morphology in an Herbivorous Cichlid from Lake Malawi, Bianca Williams

2007

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XanthusBase: Adapting Wikipedia Principles to a Model Organism Database, Bradley I. Arshinoff, Garret Suen, Eric M. Just, Sohel M. Merchant, Warren A. Kibbe, Rex L. Chisholm, and Roy D. Welch

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The Role of Estrogen Receptor Beta in Neonatal Oocyte Development, Kelsey E. Breen

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The voltage dependent anion channel affects mitochondrial cholesterol distribution and function, Andrew M. Campbell

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Compensation Mechanisms for Altered Membrane Sterol Compositions in the Yeast: Saccharomyces cerevisiae, David M. DeWolfe

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Clonogenicity of Human Promyelocytic Leukemia Cells Enlarged and Multinucleated by Treatment with Cytochalasin B and their Potential as Targets for Improved Chemical and Physical Therapeutic Approaches, Shannon Dubois

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Characterizing NtrC-like Activators Affecting Myxococcus xanthus Development, Jessica Eisenstatt

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Study of hydrogen bonding properties with ab initio calculations, neutron scattering spectroscopy and 1H NMR, Yanmei Lan

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Genetic and molecular analysis of ego-2, a positive regulator of Notch-type signaling in Caenorhabditis elegans, Ying Liu

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The Bro1-Domain Protein, EGO-2, Promotes Notch Signaling in Caenorhabditis elegans, Ying Liu and Eleanor M. Maine

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Effects of light, nutrients and Dreissena (Dreissena polymorpha and Dreissena bugensis) on benthic ecosystems in lakes, Peibing Qin

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Root Production and Herbivory in an Upland Grassland Community in Yellowstone National Park, Anna M. Stewart

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Characterization of Type II secretion mutants of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Sijung Suh

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Molecular Analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana Genes Involved in Stress Response, Jessica M. Whitlock

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Genetic Analysis of Germline Development in the Model Organism C. elegans, Kaitlyn A. Wurz

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Characterization of Hypersensitive Response Related Genes of Arabidopsis thaliana, Keluo Yao

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Expressional, functional and genomic studies of proteasome subunits during spermatogenesis of Drosophila melanogaster, Lei Zhong

2006

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Postcopulatory sexual selection in Drosophila, Adam Clarence Bjork