The Department of Biology offers research experience towards the Ph.D. degree in Biology. Students training in our department will gain exposure to diverse areas of biology while focusing in depth on their own research problem. The listings below are areas of research; please click the link to individual faculty for a detail description of projects.

Publications from the Department of Biology

Development & Neurobiology

  • Thomas Coate
    • Developmental neuroscience, axon guidance of the inner ear
  • Jeffrey Huang
    • Neural regeneration
  • Elena Silva
    • Neurogenesis and the evolution of the CNS
  • Joseph Neale (emeritas)
    • NAAG neuropeptide and NAAG receptors
  • Kathleen Maguire-Zeiss 
    • Neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation

Ecology, Evolution & Behavior


Global Health: Infectious Diseases and Vectors

Molecular & Cellular Biology

  • Shaun Brinsmade
    • Bacterial genetics of Staphylococcus aureus
  • Heidi Elmendorf
    • Giardia cytoskeleton
  • Jeffrey Huang
    • Neural regeneration
  • Ronda Rolfes
    • Filamentation in Candida albicans; Gene regulation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Mark Rose
    • Mechanism of cell and nuclear fusion; Regulation of meiosis
  • Anne Rosenwald
    • Protein trafficking in yeast S. cerevisiae and C. glabrata; microbial genomics
  • Elena Silva
    • Neurogenesis and the evolution of the CNS
  • Steve Singer
    • Interaction of Giardia lamblia with host and immune responses