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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...

Biological Sciences Seminar Series

Join us via Zoom to hear Margaret DeMaegd present "Physiological consequences of neuromodulation and the cellular properties that underlie them". Her presentation is for the public proportion of her dissertation defense.

Date & Time: Thursday March 4th at 4:00pm

Graduate Student Seminar Series in Biological Sciences

Neuroscience and Physiology Seminar Series

Join us to hear Josselyn Gonzalez give a presentation on her research via Zoom.

Date & Time: Friday March 12th at noon

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Integrative Biology Seminar

Join us to hear four speakers! Madison Steines and Liana Haas will present "Intraspecific color variation in a ubiquitous beetle". Then Evan Talbott-Swain and Brianne Rimmele will present "Tadpole development in a species pair with divergent life-histories" Presentations are via Zoom.

Date & Time: Tuesday March 2 at noon

Cellular and Molecular Biology Seminar Series

Join us to hear Danny Marchiafava present " Increasing Total Lipid Content in Pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) Utilizing CRISPR-Cas9 and Transgenic Approaches.

Date & Time: Wednesday March 10th at noon

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SBS Graduate students and faculty

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Seminar Schedules for Spring 2021

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.

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.

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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