Programs, Departments, and People

Programs in Biological Sciences

To learn more about various biological programs and research projects in L&S, visit the links below.

The Department of Integrative Biology(link is external)(link is external) (IB) emphasizes organismal, ecological and evolutionary biology with a broad comparative approach, including both plants and animals. Faculty members are also associated with three major research museums (Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Museum of Paleontology and Herbaria), and several field research stations facilitate studies of behavior and marine, fresh water and terrestrial ecology. Students have access to all of these outstanding research facilities and collections(link is external)(link is external).

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology(link is external)(link is external) (MCB) focuses on lower levels of organization with the divisions of: genetics, genomics and development; neurobiology; cell and developmental biology; biochemistry, biophysics, and structural biology; and immunology and pathogenesis. Faculty members are also affiliated with independent research centers in neuroscience, cancer research, genomics, and aging. 

A separate Physical Education Program(link is external)(link is external) (PhysEd) provides a wide range of physical activity classes as well as various lecture/laboratory courses. The activity offerings are designed to provide sequential instruction in classes such as aquatics, martial arts, dance, fitness and sports. The Scientific Diving Program,(link is external)(link is external) which is included in PhysEd, may be used in undergraduate and graduate studies in biology and other disciplines.


Academic Departments

Integrative Biology(link is external)

Chair Robert Dudley (link sends e-mail)

Vice-Chair George Bentley(link sends e-mail)

Molecular and Cell Biology(link is external)

Co-Chair David Drubin(link sends e-mail)

Co-Chair Iswar Hariharan(link sends e-mail)

    Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology(link is external) Head Eva Nogales (link sends e-mail)
    Division of Cell and Developmental Biology(link is external) Head Matthew Welch(link sends e-mail)
    Division of Genetics, Genomics and Development(link is external) Head Jasper Rine(link sends e-mail)
    Division of Immunology and Pathogenesis(link is external) Head Greg Barton (link sends e-mail)
    Division of Neurobiology(link is external) Head Dan Feldman
    Physical Education Program(link is external) Steven Murray(link sends e-mail)

    In addition, the College of Letters & Science offers an interdisciplinary Public Health(link is external) major in cooperation with the School of Public Health. L&S also offers a wide variety of interdisciplinary undergraduate major and minor programs through Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies.


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    Related Research Units and Museums

    *Reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research

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