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

September 11, 2015
Most adults can remember their childhood dream job and their aspirations to become the next great sports star, ballet dancer, veterinarian or teacher.
August 28, 2015
Dyer, a greenhouse supervisor in the Department of Biology, was nominated by multiple members of the department.

Upcoming Events

Dr. Ethan Garner, Harvard; "Watching rods form out of spheres – how short filaments orient cell wall synthesis to create rod shape"
Rebstock 322 @ 4:00 pm
Dr. Elisabeth Lloyd, Indiana University; "The Orgasm Debates: How social and theoretical biases lead us astray"
Lab Sciences 300 @ 4:00 pm
Dr. Janet Braam, Rice University; "Temporal and Spatial Dynamics of Plant Defense"
Rebstock 322 @ 4:00 pm