Blankenship Lab Research

The photosynthetic megacomplex from a cyanobacterium, which scientists have managed to 

Templeton Lab Research

The transition from isolated patches to a metapopulation in the eastern collared lizard in response to prescribed fires.

Schaal Lab Research

Studying biogeography, crop evolution, invasive species, phylogeography, speciation, and systematics.

Carlson Lab Research

Electric organ discharges in the genus Paramoryrops (top) are more diverse than in the genus Petrocephalus (bottom).

Haswell Lab Research

Image from cover of The Plant Cell, Aug. 2011
See Related WUSTL Newsroom article: "Plants feel the force"

About the Department

Research in the Washington University Department of Biology addresses a wide range of biological questions, across and between the sub-disciplines of biology: from single molecules to systems, and from steady state equilibria to dynamic remodeling over milliseconds to millions of generations. Intellectually, the department draws its strength from an exceptionally interactive and collaborative faculty who possess a wide range of interests at all levels of biological organization and who utilize many different biological systems and model organisms. ...Read more

In the News

November 20, 2014
Damaged messenger RNA can jam cellular machines that make protein. The failure to clear the jams and chew up bad messengers is associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s
November 7, 2014
A symposium celebration in honor of Garland Allen’s Retirement Washington University, Friday October 17, 2014
October 17, 2014
Yehuda Ben-Shahar talks to the New York Times about olfactory sensors

Upcoming Events

Nov
21
"The Impact of Anthropogenic Contaminants on Insect Behavior: Lessons from manganese." - Eirik Sovik
McDonnell 362 @ 4:00 pm
Dec
01
"Atomic perspectives on phytochrome photoactivation and signaling" - Richard D. Vierstra PhD
Rebstock 322 @ 4:00 pm
Dec
03
"How New Caledonian crows learn about and solve foraging problems" - Dr. Corina Logan
Life Sciences 202 @ 12:00 pm