Department of Biology and Biochemistry

Who's Who in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry

Chair: Dan E. Wells

Blaine J. Cole, Anne Delcour, Stuart E. Dryer, Joseph Eichberg, Jr., Arnold Eskin, George E. Fox, Robert Fox, Xioalian Gao, Dan Graur, Jan-Ake Gustafsson, Peter Jurtshuk, Steven Pennings, Laurence Rapp (Instructional), Michael Rea, Robert Schwartz, Shiao-Chun Tu, Margaret Warner, Dan E. Wells, William R. Widger, Xiaoliu Zhang

Associate Professors:
Ricardo Azevedo, James M. Briggs, Tejendra Gill (Instructional), Kurt Krause, Gregg Roman, Amy K. Sater, Philip Snider, Diane C. Wiernasz, Lawrence Williams (Instructional)

Assistant Professors:
Tim Cooper, Brigitte Dauwalder, W. Anthony Frankino, Masaya Fujita, Preethi Gunaratne, Richard Knapp (Instructional), Anna Newman (Instructional), Donna Pattison (Instructional), Yuhong Wang, Chad Wayne (Instructional), Cecilia Williams, Hye-Jeong Yeo, Weihua Zhang, Jokubas Ziburkus, Rebecca Zufall


The Department of Biology and Biochemistry offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees in Biology and in Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences.

Students interested in a career in any aspect of the life sciences, including biomedical research, molecular and cellular biology, biotechnology, ecology and evolutionary biology, and field or conservation biology should consider a major in this department. Graduates with baccalaureate degrees may consider such careers as science journalism, pharmaceutical or scientific sales, laboratory management, or K-12 teaching. Teaching at the university level generally requires a doctorate.

A major in either biology or biochemical and biophysical sciences offers excellent preparation for medical, dental, optometry, or veterinary school as well as the allied health professions. Students who distinguish themselves in their undergraduate studies and earn a B.S. degree in biology or in biochemical and biophysical sciences are excellent candidates for graduate study in fields such as organismal biology, biochemistry, biophysics, cellular and molecular biology, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology, developmental biology, immunology, microbiology, plant and animal sciences, public health, nutrition, and epidemiology.

Faculty research and teaching fields include biochemistry and biophysics; cell, molecular and developmental biology; neurobiology; and evolutionary biology and ecology. Undergraduate research opportunities are available in faculty laboratories and participation is encouraged for students interested in pursuing advanced degrees.

Catalog Publish Date: August 22, 2012
This Page Last Updated: June 30, 2011