Welcome to the School of Biological Sciences

School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University
Department of Biology


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Biomath certificate changing the game for new field of science. Combining the fields of mathematical modeling, data analysis, computer science, and biological sciences, a new graduate certificate program in mathematical biology is changing the approach to biomathematics. [Read the rest]
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Fell Arboretum plant sale, May 5. The annual Fell Arboretum plant sale will be held from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, May 5. [Read the rest]
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An invitation to celebrate Dean Greg Simpson. A retirement reception for Dean Gregory Simpson will be from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in the Circus Room of the Bone Student Center. [Read the rest]

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School of Biological Sciences Weekly Seminar Series

speaker Diana M Join us on May 3th (Thursday) at noon to hear Dr. Diana Martinez from the Department of Biomedical Sciences in University of Missouri present - "Astrocytes Under Pressure: The Role of Astrocytic Transporters in a Model of Obstructive Sleep Apnea". This seminar will be presented in the Center for the Visual Arts room 151.
For her abstract for this seminar click here.

Integrative Biology Seminar

speaker Rachel SRachael DiSciullo will present - "Sexual Selection on Male Song in Northern House Wrens" on May 1st. Seminars are held in SLB 121 at noon until 1:00p.m. Note: this will be the last seminar of this series until August.

Neuroscience and Physiology Seminar Series

Two speakers this week on May 4th! Abigail Benson will present "Specific innexins contribute to giant-fiber escape responses in marbled crayfish". Then Casey Gährs will present "Towards crustacean transgenesis: characterization and localization of invertebrate serotonin receptors subtypes in the marbled crayfish". Note: these are proposal defense presentations for both speakers. This series of discussions and presentations meets Fridays at noon in Julian Hall 216.

Molecular and Cellular Biology Seminar Series

Ashley Waring will present "Investigating the role of metabolic regulation during an immune response” on May 2nd. This seminar series meets Wednesday at noon in SLB 121.

Free seminar speakers in Biological Sciences

Opportunities for students interested in graduate school in biology

The School of Biological Sciences, Illinois State University, will pay the way of our faculty to travel to nearby institution to give research seminars.  Through these seminars we will make your students aware of opportunities for MS and PhD degrees in our graduate program.  For details, follow this link. 

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Integrative Plant Biology and Biofuels (IPBB) Annual Poster Session

Friday April 27th 4-5:30pm

SLB 4th floor atrium

IPBB presenters

Presenters from the 2017 session.

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!