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School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University
Department of Biology


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School of Biological Science Seminar Series

Amanda Wilson CarterJoin us on May 4 (Thursday) at 4:00p.m.in Moulton Hall 210 to hear our own Amanda Wilson Carter! She will present her research - "Integrating natural variation in thermal conditions and maternal steroids into temperature-dependent sex determination ". For her presentation abstract- click here.

Integrative Biology Seminar

Join us in August when this seminar series will resume.

Molecular and Cellular Biology Seminar Series

May 3 (Wednesday) at noon in SLB 121 join us to hear - Pooja Kadaba Ranganath and Ashley Waring presenting their research on "Parasitic wasp or harmless fruit fly? Choose one."

Neuroscience and Physiology Seminar Series

Join us May 5 (Friday) at noon in JH 216 for Alysia Mortimer's presention "The Proteomics of Aging"

Congratulations to Kara Hodges!

She recently received an American Ornithological Society Research Grant

Kara Hodges

Kara was recently notified that she has been awarded a $2180 research grant from the American Ornithological Society (AOS). Kara, a first-year M.S. student in the Sakaluk-Thompson Avian Ecology Laboratory, was awarded the grant in support of her first field season of research on how house wren egg-shell pigmentation influences paternal investment in offspring. AOS grants support research in all areas of avian biology. This year 141 graduate student and postdoctoral applicants from the U.S.A, Canada, several South American countries, and Great Britain competed for 32 awards.

Seminar Schedules

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!