Group photo of the School's personnel.
Microscopic neuron mapped by bright green and orange colors.
Birds nest with three brown eggs.
Students in a lab using microscopes.
Microscopic 72 hour old chicken embryo.
Fly tissues using a confocal microscope.
Microscopic injection into a crayfish egg.
A brown bird sitting on a limb with beak open.
Students with cell sorter instrument

Seminar Schedules

Dr. Craig Gatto

Welcome From The Director

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…

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.

Guided Tree and Plant Walks are also available for groups spanning from school children to professional organizations. Don’t miss the Fell Arboretum Plant Sale on the first Saturday of each May.

Don’t miss the Fell Arboretum Plant Sale on the first Saturday of each May.

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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Biological Sciences Seminar Series

Please join us for the R. Omar & Evelyn Rilett Family Life Sciences Public Lecture Series on Thursday, March 7th at 6:00 p.m. in the Prairie Room at Bone Student Center.

Dr. Paul S. Katz’s CV

The seminar will be presented by Dr. Paul S. Katz from University of Massachusetts Amherst and is entitled, “Phylogenetic and individual variability of neural circuits underlying swimming behaviors in sea slugs”.

Neuroscience and Physiology Seminar Series

Please join us for the Neuroscience and Physiology seminar this Friday, February 20th at noon in Science Lab Building Room 121. This week’s speaker is Dr. David DeMarini from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Dr. DeMarini is an ISU alumni and received his PhD in Biological Sciences working with Dr. Herman E. Brockman.

Dr. David DeMarini’s CV

Dr. David DeMarini’s Seminar: Chlorinated Chromosomes: The Mutagenicity of Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs

Integrative Biology Seminar

Join us in August when this series restarts.

Molecular and Cellular Biology Seminar Series

Join us in January when this series restarts.

School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University Group Photo