The Department has three areas of research:

Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB)

CMB Student

The Cell and Molecular Biology Research Group encompasses the interrelated disciplines of cell biology and molecular biology. Research areas ranging from the basic physiology of the cell to the complex workings of biological systems are being explored. Models systems studied include the plant Arabidobsis, invertebrates such as C. elegans and tobacco hornworn (Manduca sexta), and vertebrates such as Xenopus, mice, and zebra fish.

Research Areas in CMB:

  • Developmental biology
  • Hematology
  • Immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant molecular biology
  • Reproductive biology

Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (EEB)

A biology student conducts field research

The EEB Research Group strives to understand the natural world through the lens of broad conceptual theory supported by empirical evidence. Research areas offered by the EEB group are designed to understand major concepts in ecology, evolution, behavior, and phylogenetic relatedness of the species that populate the earth.

Research Areas in EEB:

  • Behavioral ecology
  • Community ecology
  • Conservation ecology
  • Pollination ecology
  • Population genetics
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Plant and algal ecophysiology


rice lateral root

Microorganisms are the most abundant and the most diverse organisms on Earth. They cause diseases of plants, animals and humans, and play critical roles in biogeochemical cycles and bioremediation, and are also important in the food, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries.

Research Areas in Microbiology

  • Antibiotic production
  • Bacterial motility and protein localization
  • Bacterial symbiosis and pathogenesis
  • Yeast genetics and molecular biology
  • Bacterial respiration