Biology is the scientific study of living systems and all their complexities, and there has probably never been a more exciting time to be a biologist.
Astonishing new advances in the ability to detect and understand changes in genetics and cellular functions are now available. We can edit DNA sequences within genomes of a wide range of species to test the function of specific genetic variants. Advances in microscopy and analytic techniques now allow biologists unprecedented abilities to measure changes in cellular physiology, structure, and function. By bridging disciplines and applying new approaches across research areas, we are generating a deep and intellectually satisfying understanding of living organisms, their populations, how they are evolving, and how they are responding to environmental change.
There has also probably never been a greater need for biologists. The expansion of human populations threatens the health of ecosystems and is allowing for the rapid evolution and spread of new viruses and antibiotic resistant bacteria. Extreme changes in climate and weather patterns are also affecting the health of animal, plant, and microbe communities worldwide, which also threatens sustainable food production. We are not helpless against these challenges, but we need a greater understanding of fundamental biological processes to overcome them. Basic biological research will provide the foundation upon which we can build our solutions and develop abetter future.
The Biology Department at the University of Mississippi is a comprehensive life science department with faculty working in many diverse areas of biology. We are a collaborative department, sharing interests and expertise, and we train students to think broadly, to use interdisciplinary approaches, and to develop innovative insights into fundamental biological processes.
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