Within the School of Biological Sciences, faculty are affiliated with one of two broad research areas. Faculty collaborate extensively within and between these areas as well as with colleagues in other departments.
Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior
Faculty members address fundamental, interdisciplinary research questions that bridge ecological, evolutionary, physiological, and behavioral processes. We use a diversity of approaches to address these questions including: field studies, laboratory experiments, mathematical modelling, comparative genomics, functional genetics, systems biology, and phylogenetics. We are an interactive community of researchers who collaborate among laboratories and across the university to make new discoveries related to the diversity of the natural world.
Genetics, Cellular, & Molecular Biology
Faculty members use proteomic and genomic strategies, combined with bioinformatics to study fundamental biological processes of organisms ranging from viruses, prokaryotes, unicellular eukaryotes and fungi, to whole plants and animals. Areas of focus include cell biology, population and molecular genetics, epigenetics, microbiology, virology, immunology, structural biology, animal/plant pathology, genomics, bioinformatics, and molecular evolution. Interactive clusters of research groups focus on plant and animal virology, microbial physiology and cell biology, comparative pathobiology, plant growth and development, biotic stresses, biofuels, protein engineering, evolutionary genomics, and computational biology.