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

January 15, 2015
Blake Marggraff's startup company T-Rex's product BetaBox Mobile Prototyping Lab featured in article on "The 14 Best Startup Cities in America".
January 6, 2015
Odor receptors discovered in lungs
November 25, 2014
Robert Kranz, professor of biology, is being honored for distinguished contributions related to cytochrome c — a highly conserved protein found in unicellular organisms, plants and animals — and the pathways organisms use to assemble it.

Upcoming Events

"The identification of biosynthetic genes in orphan species." - Matthew Kilgore(Kutchan Lab)
McDonnell 412 @ 12:00 pm
"Exploring the genetic robustness of an engineered mutualism" - Lon Chubiz
Rebstock 322 @ 4:00 pm
"Genomics of Polistes paper wasps: insights and opportunities for understanding the evolution of sociality" - Dr. Amy Toth
Rebstock 322 @ 4:00 pm