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

July 20, 2015
Can scientists hack photosynthesis to feed the world as population soars?
July 14, 2015
In an effort to increase diversity in the neurosciences, Washington University in St. Louis has received a federal grant to participate in a national pipeline program with that mission.
June 8, 2015
Scientists have long understood how photosynthesis works – but only up to a point. The very fine details are hard to discern.

Upcoming Events

Amanda Koltz, Duke University; Host: Jonathan Myers
Tyson Research Center @ 4:00 pm
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