The Department of Biology is pleased to welcome Dr. Gregg Roman as Department Chair and Professor of Biology. Dr. Roman received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and joins us from the University of Houston. His research focuses on the molecular and neural mechanisms that drive changes in behavior.
Dept of Biology Ph.D. candidate Tim Colston recently helped discover and describe a new species of viper, Bitis harenna, on the west side of the Ethiopian Rift Valley. Tim is working on research projects with associate professors Dr. Brice Noonan (Tim's advisor) and Dr. Colin Jackson. Tim's work is featured in a recent article from the Graduate School.
Bridget Piculell was selected as one of the class marshals for the class of 2016 doctoral hooding ceremony. Read more in a recent article from the Graduate School.
"Fishermen unintentionally catch millions of sharks each year, and many don’t survive the physical stress of being reeled in, but biology professor Glenn Parsons is designing a device that could prevent sharks from ever being hooked. If his "entangling leader" device is successful, fishermen may not have to handle sharks, which have roamed the ocean mostly unchanged for 400 million years." Click here for more.
Recent awards to Biology faculty will support research projects on flower development and cellular differentiation (Dr. Sarah Liljegren) and comparing cell cycle regulation in bacteria (Dr. Patrick Curtis). More information can be found here for Dr. Liljegren and here for Dr. Curtis.