Biological Sciences

Dean Michael R. Botchan

The Division of Biological Sciences encompasses a breadth of disciplines spanning all levels of organization and encompassing diverse organisms. With about 112 full-time faculty in two departments, the division offers a variety of programs that allow students to prepare for future careers in professional fields such as health sciences, veterinary medicine, biotechnology, environmental science, and academia. Undergraduate majors are encouraged to gain experience through independent research studies by working closely with faculty in cutting-edge research using advanced technology. 

Dean and Staff

Dean:  Michael R. Botchan 

Senior Associate Dean:  Richard M. Harland  

Associate Dean for Strategic Planning:  Edward E. Penhoet  

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and InclusionGian Garriga

Associate Dean:  Daniela Kaufer

Director of Academic Administration:  Hanna Knight

Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration:  Heidi Wagner

Assistant Dean of Development, Development and College Relations:  Kirsten Swan 

Graduate Diversity Outreach Coordinator:  Audrey Knowlton 

Divisional Program Associate:  Michelle Perez-Robles

Read Our Latest Newsletter

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Biological Science Newsletter Winter 2019 

STEM Excellence through Equity and Diversity

The STEM Excellence through Equity & Diversity (SEED) Scholars program provides a diverse, holistic network that prepares outstanding undergraduates to become change-makers, scholars, and leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and thereby increases the representation of historically marginalized individuals in academia and other STEM professions. 

Prospective and Continuing Graduate Students

Meet Audrey Knowlton, the Biological Sciences graduate diversity coordinator. She welcomes the opportunity to hear from you regarding your academic and career endeavors.

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 (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.

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (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 (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, which is included in PhysEd, may be used in undergraduate and graduate studies in biology and other disciplines.

Academic Departments

Integrative Biology

Chair Robert Dudley 

Vice-Chair George Bentley

Molecular and Cell Biology

Co-Chair David Drubin

Co-Chair Iswar Hariharan

    Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Head Eva Nogales 
    Division of Cell and Developmental Biology Head Matthew Welch
    Division of Genetics, Genomics and Development Head Jasper Rine
    Division of Immunology and Pathogenesis Head Greg Barton 
    Division of Neurobiology Head Dan Feldman
    Physical Education Program Steven Murray

    In addition, the College of Letters & Science offers an interdisciplinary Public Health 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.

    Service Units

    Related Research Units and Museums

    *Reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research

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