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School of Biological Sciences Seminar

Marenda labFebruary 16 (Thursday) at 4:00p.m. in MLT 210 join us for Dr. Dan Marenda of Drexel University College of Medicine presentation on "Flying in the face of disease: Rapid in vivo drug screening for Alzheimer's disease".

For his presentation abstract - click here


Integrative Biology Seminar

Katie WildmanJoin us February 14 (Tuesday) at noon in SLB121 for - Katie Wildman's presention "Transcriptional regulation of stress response genes"



Neuroscience and Physiology Seminar Series

Abbie BensonJoin us February 3 (Friday) at noon in JH 216 for Abbi Benson who will be presenting her research "Behavioral consequences of RNAi - mediated suppression of gap junction proteins in marbled crayfish"


Molecular and Cellular Biology Seminar Series

February 15, (Wednesday) at noon in SLB121 join us to hear - Trevor Rickerd present his research - "Did you see that! Those tubules came out of nowhere and I don’t even study them (I study pectin)! "

Photos Highlights from our annual Alumni Newsletter

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Moe Khalil Rachel Mandes
Marc Ashford Lucas Barickman
Mitchell Czerwinski Cal Hackler
Student researchers - Moe Khalil, Rachel Mandes, Marc Ashford, Lucas Barickman, and Mitchell Czerwinski. Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award winner - Cal Hackler

Botany 2016 Presenters

Morgan Walder (Takeover on the tallgrass prairie: How Lespedeza cuneata establishes dominance) and Robby Philips (Competitive ability of Chamaecrista fasciculata from sand vs. tallgrass prairies) presented part of their thesis work at the Botany 2016 meetings in Savannah, Georgia.

robby and morgan

Hiking in NC on the way to GA

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Welcome From The Chair

Whether you are interested in plants, animals, or microbes, our interdisciplinary and collaborative research groups in the School of Biological Sciences have something for you! From investigations involving interactions at subcellular molecular levels, to function and communication within/between organ systems and organisms, to evolutionary and ecological dynamics of populations, communities and ecosystems, see how ISU can set you on the right career path!