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

February 10, 2016
Jonathan A. Myers, assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, received a four-year, $758,000 grant from the National Science Foundation
January 18, 2016
Animals adapt to thermal environments by changing metabolic rate and ‘insulation,’ not body size as once thought
January 18, 2016
Silent battle between father’s, mother’s genes provides experimental test of theory that social insects favor kin that most closely resemble them genetically

Upcoming Events

Melissa Gymrek, Harvard/MIT; "Dissecting the contribution of complex genetic variation to human traits"
Rebstock 215 @ 4:00 pm
Allan Larson, primary contact
McDonnell 362 @ 4:00 pm
Dr. Ann Tate, Princeton University; "The molecules-to-populations ecology of innate immune systems."
Rebstock 322 @ 4:00 pm