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The Department of Biology at Wake Forest University is a diverse team of scientists, teachers, graduate students and undergraduates who investigate the processes of life at all levels, from the biosphere to the molecule. We are a full-spectrum biology department, and we value our collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere. The department currently comprises 25 professors, 35 graduate students, and approximately 220 undergraduate Biology majors. Many additional students take our courses! Research is as central to our mission as teaching, with almost all majors joining faculty and graduate students outside of the classroom to study in our laboratories and at our field sites. Much of our research is supported by competitive grants, permitting ambitious approaches that prepare students for careers in research, the health professions, conservation, teaching, public policy, biotech, bioinformatics, and numerous other areas including bio-inspired entrepreneurship.

WFU Biology ranked 5th in the U.S. “for Biology General – Overall Best” and 8th in the U.S. “for a Major in Biology”


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Anderson quoted by NY Times

by March 21, 2017

Reference: On Galápagos, Revealing the Blue-Footed Booby’s True Colors – By NATALIE ANGIER MARCH 6, 2017, NY Times Science Correspondent WFU Biology Professor and Researcher David J. Anderson was quoted in the New York Times Science edition on his work with the Blue-Footed Booby (albatross).  Dr. Anderson and his undergraduate and Read more »

Sullivan Scholarship

by January 18, 2017

Sullivan Scholarship for Expanding Biological Horizons (Submission Deadline February 17, 2017) As the result of a generous bequest from the late Professor of Biology, Dr. Robert L. Sullivan, the Department of Biology is able to offer the Sullivan Scholarship program.  Undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing biological studies beyond the classroom Read more »

Undergraduate Research Day Highlights WFU Biology Students and Their Mentors

by October 13, 2016
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The 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Day held at Wake Forest on Friday, October 7, 2016, featured so many presentations by Biology majors and other students working on projects in Biology labs that it is hard to be certain that the list is complete! Congratulations to all students who participated in Read more »

PIB 32 is Coming!

by September 30, 2016
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The 32nd annual Perspectives in Biology Symposium (PIB 32) is scheduled for November 4-5, 2016. The invited speakers are Professor Stuart Pimm of Duke University, Professor Michelle Barton of the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Professor Franz Goller of the University of Utah. This stellar line-up will offer Read more »

Molecular Biology Search 2016

by September 13, 2016

The Department of Biology at Wake Forest University seeks a new tenure-track faculty member who asks basic biological questions at the molecular and cellular level(s). The WFU HR job search number is 2372-141. This position is part of a university-funded initiative to develop Wake Downtown, a newly renovated state of Read more »

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