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

March 27, 2015
Quatrano will receive the Science Leadership Award, which recognizes distinguished individuals who have played important leadership roles in the development of science and scientists in the St. Louis area.
March 24, 2015
A duel between mathematical models supports the reigning theory of the genetics of altruism
February 27, 2015
Ram V. Dixit, PhD, assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, received a five-year, $1,163,940 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award

Upcoming Events

"Degradation of Phycobilisomes in Cyanobacteria" - Amelia Nguyen (Pakrasi lab)
McDonnell 412 @ 12:00 pm
"The crop sows the farmer: Burkholderia colonizes Dictyostelium discoideum and induces carrying of bacterial food" - Susanne DiSalvo
Rebstock 322 @ 4:00 pm
"Nutrient-dependent regulation of bacterial cell size" - Stephen Vadia
McDonnell 362 @ 4:00 pm