Welcome to the School of Biological Sciences

School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University
Department of Biology


l to r: Steve Halle, Rebekka Darner Gougis, Karen Coats, Rob Whalen, Suejung Han, and Brent Simonds. Not pictured: Ron Gifford
Seven win 2017 Excellence Awards. Seven College of Arts and Sciences faculty and staff were honored with College Excellence Awards during the fall dean's address and awards ceremony September 12. [Read the rest]
2017-2018 CAS Bone Scholars with Dean Simpson
Six CAS students named 2017-2018 Bone Scholars. Six students with majors in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) have been named 2017–2018 Bone Scholars. [Read the rest]
Craig Gatto and Kevin Stanley looking at a computer screen
Student’s biology research recognized as ‘new and notable’. Three years of experiments at Illinois State University, combined with over a dozen trips to collaborating laboratories at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, led the research of student Kevin Stanley, Ph.D. ’17, to be featured as “new and notable” in Biophysical Journal. [Read the rest]

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School of Biological Science Seminar Series

seminar speakersJoin us on September 21 (Thursday) at 4:00p.m. in MLT 214 to hear Drs. Brad Sheese and Mark Liffiton of Illinois Wesleyan present their research on "Atles: A high-throughput open sources system for behavioral experiments with zebrafish". For an abstract on the presentation.

Integrative Biology Seminar

IB speakerJoin us Tuesday September 19th at noon to hear Rosario Marroquin-Flores' presentation - "Diversity, abundance, and host relationships in the avian malaria community of New Mexico pine forest". Seminars in held in SLB 121.

Neuroscience and Physiology Seminar Series

Join us on alternate Fridays at noon starting later this fall.

Molecular and Cellular Biology Seminar Series

Join us in the spring term (2018) when this series returns.

Kristin Duffield Receives International Research Travel Grant,


Kristin celebrating

This award will enable her to travel to Western Sydney University in Australia to learn and develop new techniques working with Professor John Hunt. for more information

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!