Welcome to the School of Biological Sciences

School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University
Department of Biology


Benefield on the Quad
Green with Honors pride. Zach Benefield chose Illinois State for two reasons: meaningful interaction with faculty and worthwhile learning experiences. “ISU focuses on their students more than other institutions,” Benefield said. [Read the rest]
Dean Simpson congratulates a CAS graduate
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]
Seal with DNA double helix, people, tree, and bees on it
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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School of Biological Sciences Weekly Seminar Series

Speaker for April 26 Join us on April 26th (Thursday) at 4:00pm to hear Dr. David Schulz from the Division of Biological Sciences in University of Missouri present - "Variability, Plasticity, and Identity of Neurons in "Simple" Behavioral Circuits". These seminars are held in Moulton Hall 214.
For his abstract for this seminar click here.

Integrative Biology Seminar

IB speakers for April 24Two speakers this week!
Kylie Hampton
will present - "The Effects of Mating Status and Genotype on Female Immunity" and Austin Calhoun will present - "Double Trouble: The Parasite and Fungicide Exposure Multiple Stress Hypothesis for Bumble Bee Health" on April 24th. Seminars are held in SLB 121 at noon until 1:00p.m.

Neuroscience and Physiology Seminar Series

Adam Northcutt will present "Neurophysiological insights via molecular approaches in diverse model systems: From Seq to PCR" on April 27th. This series of discussions and presentations meets Fridays at noon in Julian Hall 216.

Molecular and Cellular Biology Seminar Series

Anna Abusharekh will give a presentation on April 25th. 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!