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

September 12, 2014
On September 10, the Arts & Sciences community gathered in Holmes Lounge to recognize some of our outstanding faculty members for their teaching and leadership. Dean Barbara Schaal led the ceremony and introduced this year's winners.
September 8, 2014
Angela Schlegel (Haswell Lab) and Dilys Vela Diaz (Myers Lab) are the inaugural recipients of the William H. Danforth Plant Sciences Fellowship.
September 4, 2014
Comprehensive maps of these marks will allow them to test ways to safely restore marks altered by human disease

Upcoming Events

"Communication, Fate, and Decision Making during Plant Epidermal Development" - Keiko Torii
Rebstock 322 @ 4:00 pm
“A Principle of Evidence and Its Implications for Scientific Methodology” - Greg Gandenberger
Life Sciences 202 @ 12:00 pm
"The match between vocal signals and auditory processing in songbirds: It's complicated." - Alejandro Velez
Rebstock 322 @ 4:00 pm