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Welcome From The Director

Dr. Rachel Bowden

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!

Read about our programs, student and faculty accomplishments, research news, and more in our newest annual newsletter...

Students and faculty of Biological Sciences

See the Faculty & Staff tab above for Faculty research interests.


Seminar Schedules for 2022-2023



Biological Sciences News Updates

Congratulations and thanks to Kim Garris for her role as SHIELD Illinois testing lab manager and Paul Garris for serving as ISU COVID-19 testing coordinator. They ran ISU's in-house coronavirus testing facility, located in the Science Lab Bldg, during the past two years. The facility could test over 50,000 samples in a week, and provided clinical lab experiences for dozens of ISU students. See the story here.

R. Omar & Evelyn Family Life Sciences Public Lecture

Dr. Janet Iwasa will present the Rilett seminar on Tuesday, March 7 at 6pm in Schroeder Hall Room 130.

2022-2023 Faculty Searches:

Biological Sciences is recruiting three new faculty members. Click here for information.

Biological Microscopy

Click here for information on our newly updated ISU Advanced Bioimaging Facility

Explore the Campus: New Fell Arboretum Map

ISU's Fell Arboretum is not just a beautiful place to visit, but also a major resource as a living tree and plant "library" for academics, enthusiasts, and the public. Download the PDF map of major tree and plant sites.
There is no plant sale scheduled for 2023.  

Guided Tree and Plant Walks are also available for groups spanning from school children to professional organizations. 

Seminar speakers in Biological Sciences

The School of Biological Sciences funds our faculty to travel to all Illinois colleges to give research seminars. Online seminars are available as well. These seminars also serve to inform your undergraduate and MS students about opportunities in our MS and PhD programs. For details, follow this link.

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