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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2004

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Molecular evolution of visual pigments of the Tokay gecko and bluefin killifish, Nathan S. Blow

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Caenorhabditis elegans atx-2 Promotes Germline Proliferation and the Oocyte Fate, Eleanor M. Maine, Dave Hansen, Deborah Springer, and Valarie E. Vought

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Molecular genetic analysis of TART (telomere-associated retrotransposon) in Drosophila melanogaster, Patrick Maxwell

2003

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Ecological and evolutionary variation in heat-shock proteins, Deepak Barua

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The community dynamics of protein phosphatase 2A subunits in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Matthew Shawn Gentry

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A molecular and genetic analysis of the SNR1 subunit of the Brahma chromatin remodeling complex, Daniel Raymond Marenda

2002

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Large herbivores and process dynamics in a managed savanna ecosystem, David J. Augustine

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Genetic and molecular characterization of nutritional signaling pathways regulating meiosis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Rita H. Lee

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Molecular genetics and evolution of red-green vision in vertebrates, Friedrich Bernhard Radlwimmer

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Ecological and social correlates of foraging decisions in a social forager, the bonnet macaque, Macaca radiata diluta, Jayashree Ratnam

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Molecular genetics and evolution of UV vision in vertebrates, Yongsheng Shi

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Predictions and quantitative tests of optimal time and temperature allocation during intermittent incubation, Margaret A. Voss

2001

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Influence of trophic factors on the intra-plant distribution of aphids, Georgianna Grimshaw Gould

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Identification, characterization and functional study of par1 and par2, two genes encoding B' subunits of protein phosphatase 2A in Schizosaccharomyces pombe, Wei Jiang

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Oogenesis in Caenorhabditis elegans, Eleanor M. Maine

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RNAi As a Tool for Understanding Germline Development in Caenorhabditis elegans: Uses and Cautions, Eleanor M. Maine

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The alpha3T gene of Drosophila melanogaster encodes a spermatogenesis-specific proteasome subunit, Jing Ma

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Disturbance, diversity and community dynamics in a southern Indian savanna-grassland ecosystem, Mahesh Sankaran

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Functional study of RTS1 and CDC55, two genes encoding regulatory subunits of protein phosphatase 2A in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Haifeng Yang

2000

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The oviposition response of the imported willow leaf beetle (Plagiodera versicolora): Does mother really know best?, Sherri Lynn Gross

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A Conserved Mechanism for Post-Transcriptional Gene Silencing?, Eleanor M. Maine

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Fast Transport of Neurofilament Protein along Microtubules in Squid Axoplasm, Veena Prahlad, Brian T. Helfand, George M. Langford, Ron D. Vale, and Robert D. Goldman

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EGO-1 is related to RNA-directed RNA polymerase and functions in germ-line development and RNA interference in C. elegans, Anne Smardon, Jill M. Spoerke, Steven C. Stacey, Marcia E. Klein, Nancy Mackin, and Eleanor M. Maine

1999

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Na stress and grazing: Molecular, physiological and growth responses on four Serengeti C4 grasses, Eugene William Hamilton III

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Genetic and molecular characterization of genes that interact withglp-1 in Caenorhabditis elegans germline development, Anne Marie Smardon