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

May 1, 2015
The transplanted, deep-rooted grasses now common on the West Coast stabilize an ecosystem in need of a different kind of balance.
April 24, 2015
Each year, the Department of Biology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis awards a prize to a graduating senior in memory of Marion Smith Spector
April 17, 2015
Ram V. Dixit, PhD, assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, has received a four-year, $1.17 million grant

Upcoming Events

Short Presentations - First Year Students
McDonnell 412 @ 12:00 pm
"The Price equation and the evolution of social interactions" - Dave Queller
Rebstock 322 @ 4:00 pm
"Designing Plant Cell Walls for Deconstruction: Using Monolignol Ferulate Conjugates to Introduce Cleavable Ester Bonds into the Lignin Backbone” - John Ralph
Wilson 214 @ 4:00 pm