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

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Upcoming Events

Vita Jaspen; “A novel Lia3-like protein Ltl1 controls boundaries of IES excision in Tetrahymena thermophila” ; Mentor: Doug Chalker
Rebstock 322 @ 4:00 pm
Dr. Karen Kapheim, Utah State;"Causes and Consequences of Social Evolution in Bees"
Rebstock 322 @ 4:00 pm
Roger Deal, Emory University:"Gene regulatory mechanisms in plant development"
Rebstock 322 @ 4:00 pm