Blankenship Lab Research

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

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"


Wild Type Pollen

Dixit Lab Research

Studying the cell biology of plant cell morphogenesis

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

July 6, 2016
Joseph Jez, professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, delivered a TED talk on the importance of plant biology as it relates to day-to-day science at the TedX Gateway Arch event May 17.
May 4, 2016
Amelia Nguyen (Pakrasi lab) was highlighted in an article in Nature Careers on her work with the non-profit consulting organization called BALSA.
May 3, 2016
This award is named in honor of the late Harrison D. Stalker, a renowned evolutionary biologist and a world-class photographer.

Upcoming Events

Lee Dyer, University of Nevada Reno; Host: Amanda Koltz; "TBD"
Living Learning Center at Tyson Research Center @ 4:00 pm
Anthony Dell, National Great Rivers Research & Education Center; Host: Joe LaManna; "TBD"
Living Learning Center at Tyson Research Center @ 4:00 pm
Dr. Matthew Albrecht; Missouri Botanical Garden; "Adaptive Conservation of Rare Plants in an Era of Altered Disturbance Regimes and Climate Change"
Hosted by: David Quellar; Rebstock 322 @ 4:00 pm