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

April 17, 2014
Gift reflects fundamental importance of plants to human health, nutrition
April 10, 2014
Fifteen researchers in the chemical and biological sciences have been named as the 2014 Searle Scholars. Each will be awarded $300,000 to support his or her work during the next three years.
March 28, 2014
Lately scientists, acutely aware they have lost the public’s attention, have been trying to put more of the enthusiasm with which they pursue science into how they talk about it.

Upcoming Events

"Regulation of Axonal Degeneration" - Dr. Jeff Milbrandt
Rebstock 322 @ 4:00 pm
"Understanding the Molecular Regulation of AUXIN RESPONSE FACTOR Transcription Factors." - David Korasick (Strader lab)
McDonnell 361 @ 9:00 am
“Long-term studies of ecological succession, community assembly and restoration in the context of global change” - Bryan Foster
Rebstock 322 @ 12:00 pm