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Sakaluk Lab research
Tree frog embryos
Marbled crayfish
graduate students in lab
Confocal microscope
72 hour old chicken embryo
Student analyzing cricket data

School of Biological Sciences Seminar

Nov 19th at 4:00pm via Zoom, Dr. Gaby Maimon from The Rockefeller University will be giving a presentation entitled "How brains add vectors". Dr. Maimon is 3rd Annual Weigel Speaker, invited by graduate students through our local chapter of PhiSigma. For more information see this PowerPoint slide Weigel_speaker_slide_F2020.pptx

Seminar Schedules

  • Please note that due to the pandemic, some seminars are postponed and others will be held online only.​​​​​​​
  • School of Biological Sciences Seminar Series: School of Biological Sciences Schedule Fall 2020.pdf
  • Integrative Biology Seminar Series: IB Seminar Schedule Fall 2020.pdf
  • Neuroscience and Physiology Seminar Series -  see below for the weekly announcement
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology Seminar Series - will continue in Spring 2021

Welcome From The Director

Dr. Rachel Bowden

Portrait of 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 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.

Free seminar speakers in Biological Sciences

Opportunities for students interested in graduate school in biology

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


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Showcase of Our Student, PostDoc and Faculty Presentations

Neuroscience and Physiology Seminar Series

Nov 18th at noon via Zoom, join us to hear Monica Tamrazi  presenting "The search for genes that prevent the degeneration of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy" (proposal for her research).

Integrative Biology Seminar

Nov 17th at noon via Zoom join us to hear, Sadia Sultana giving a presentation on her research "Deciphering uropathogenic E. coli defense mechanisms against bleach". 2020 11 17 Sadia Sultana Seminar Announcement to post.pdf

Cellular and Molecular Biology Seminar Series

Join us in Jan 2021 when this seminar series will continue

SBS Graduate students and faculty

2019 Group Photo