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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2007

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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

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Gene Deletion in Yeast that Affects Mitochondrial DNA Stability, Function and Maintenance, Rachel Charron

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Total Synthesis of Pumiliotoxin 341A, Lydia Choi

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Signal transduction by short-wavelength opsins, Abhiram Dukkipati

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Preparation and Purification of Enlarged Multinucleated U937 Human Leukemia Cells and their Susceptibility to Physical Damage by Ultrasound, Kathryn Gold

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The Response of a Biocompatible Liquid Crystal to Ions and Chemistry on Nanostructured Surfaces, Anny Huang

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Agglutination-dependent and -independent adhesin interactions during mating in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Guohong Huang

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Trafficking and turnover of the calcium sensing receptor, Ying Huang

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Ventilator Induced Lung Injury, John A. Johnson Jr.

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The spatial and temporal regulation of morphogenesis in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Nancy A. Mackin

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DNA helix imperfections: Structure and flexibility, Christopher J. McGee

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The Role of Trailerhitch in Mouse Germ Cell Development, Ashley L. O'Hara

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Nla4 and Nla18, key regulatory proteins required for normal growth and development of Myxococcus xanthus, Faisury Ossa-Ramirez

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Mechanisms underlying the sperm quality advantage in sperm competition and cryptic female choice in Drosophila melanogaster, James Pattarini, William T. Starmer, Adam Bjork, and Scott Pitnick

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A sensitive subject: Haploinsufficiency of the yeast VMA13 gene in simple and compound heterozygotes, Jason Michael Rizzo

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Eukaryotic Translation Initiation Factor 5B Activity Regulates Larval Growth Rate and Germline Development in Caenorhabditis elegans, Xiang Yu, Valarie E. Vought, Barbara Conradt, and Eleanor M. Maine

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Direct and indirect ecological effects of Dreissenid mussels (the zebra mussel Dreissena polymorpha and the quagga mussel D. bugensis) on submerged macrophytes in North American lakes, Bin Zhu

2005

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Developing a Constitutively Active Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in the Mouse Heart, Bruno DeCaria

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Enzyme responses of Serengeti grasses to defoliation: Coupling plant cellular processes and Serengeti ecosystem processes, Yan Dong

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Cell Wall Functions Required for Mating in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Stephen Dougherty

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The effects of mineral nitrogen on embryonic and larval amphibians, Kerry L. Griffis-Kyle