Welcome to the School of Biological Sciences

School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University
Department of Biology


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NSF MRI (Major Research Instrumentation) pre-proposal deadline is September 10. The National Science Foundation accepts only two proposals per educational institution for their Major Research Instrumentation Program, which provides opportunities to substantially improve research capabilities. [Read the rest]
Marchers pass by the flagpole on Illinois State's Quad during the March for Science in Normal. (Photo by Megan Kathol Bersett)
Redbird scholars March for Science. Illinois State faculty members and students from across campus attended the March for Science in Normal, which ended on the University's Quad, and one that attracted more than 40,000 people to downtown Chicago. [Read the rest]
Wolfgang Stein speaking at the March for Science in Normal
Scientists on the March!. Earth Day 2017 found scientists and their supporters marching and speaking out for facts and evidence-based policy decisions on a global scale, with more than 610 marches worldwide [Read the rest]

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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"

Joseph Neale has been awarded a $910 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research from Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Joey is a M.S. student in the Juliano Ecology Laboratory.  His project:  When does less equal more? Assessing compensatory mortality in container mosquitoes, investigates how density dependent effects on populations of larval mosquitoes interact with sources of mortality (such as predators or pest control attempts) to have the paradoxical effect of increasing production of adult mosquitoes. The Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research program has a highly competitive national application process and only approximately 15% of applicants receive any level of funding, and only some of those funded grants receive full funding.  Joey’s grant was fully funded, and will cover expenses for field collecting of predators for use in his experiments from June 2017-May 2018. See a list of grant recipients in all fields of science.

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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!