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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 24 tenured or tenure-track professors, 4 teaching professors, 35 graduate students, and approximately 200 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.

Worth Turning Round – A Blog from the Chair

Perspectives in Biology Symposium Celebrates 30th Birthday

by December 17, 2014
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On November 7-8, 2014, the Department of Biology hosted the 30th Perspectives in Biology Symposium. This annual event brings 3 notable biologists to campus to share their passion for science and recent research results with faculty colleagues from institutions throughout the southeast. Each invited speaker gives two seminars and has Read more »

Undergraduates Learn Genetics by Teaching Younger Students

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Want to learn genetics? Maybe the best approach is to to teach it to others! Professors Carole Gibson and Gloria Muday reported in a recent article that undergraduates learn more plant genetics by participating in a service-learning program than they do sitting in a classroom. Undergraduates enrolled in BIO Read more »

Lemly Estimates Costs of 2014 Coal Ash Spill

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Research Professor Dennis Lemly has published a paper in the journal Environmental Pollution that describes the impact on the Dan River of the third largest coal ash spill ever recorded in the USA. In the paper Dr. Lemly describes the different negative impacts of the event that occurred in Read more »

Pre-Health Students Support Missions of Mercy

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The Department of Biology is so proud of the numerous biology students who volunteered their time at the November 2014 Missions of Mercy free dental clinic. Many of the student volunteers represented the Pre-Medical Honor Society Alpha Epsilon Delta; others represented the Pre-Dental Student Association (PDSA). You can read more about Read more »

GMO: Fear, Facts, Farms and Food

by December 4, 2014
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GMOS: Fear, Facts, Farms, and Food This forum was held Wednesday November 19 at 7 PM in the Byrum Welcome Center of Wake Forest University. This forum provided information on GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) crops, including how, when, and why they are used. Questions including the following were answered Read more »