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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

Mutant Green Tomatoes

by October 6, 2010
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    TECHJOURNAL.ORG recently published and article entitled “Mutant green tomatoes show research is key to tougher crops” which focuses on the work of Biology professor Gloria Muday’s laboratory. Excerpt: As fat summer tomatoes dangle in profusion from vines in gardens and farms across the country, researchers at Wake Forest University Read more »

Zeyl Receives Funding from the National Science Foundation for Research in Yeast Evolution

by September 30, 2010
Clifford Zeyl (left), receives award for Excellence in Research

Clifford Zeyl, professor of biology, has received funding from the National Science Foundation for his proposal “Collaborative research: The genomics of adaptation in experimental yeast populations during short and long-term selection on invasive growth.”

Professor Peter Weigl: Renaissance Man of Biology

by September 5, 2010
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Renaissance man Pete Weigl of biology becomes the first in his department to retire in 20 years. An article recently published by David Fyten of the  Office of Creative Services highlights the career of Peter D. Weigl. As an ecologist, Weigl has conducted research at and taken student and travel Read more »

Nature’s Trick or Treat

by October 24, 2009
Aaron Corcoran

Windows on Wake Forest published an article about PhD. candidate Aaron Corcoran and Professor William Conner entitled, “Nature’s Trick or Treat” In the ongoing evolutionary battle between bats and moths, a species of tiger moth plays a trick with sound to avoid becoming a bat’s tasty treat, according to new Read more »

Dimock Receives Meritorious Teaching Award from the Association of Southeastern Biologists

by October 25, 2008
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Professor of Biology Ronald V. Dimock Jr. recently received the Meritorious Teaching Award from the Association of Southeastern Biologists. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the training of graduate and undergraduate biology students and is the association’s most prestigious award. Candidates must be nominated by former students. Dimock, Thurman D. Read more »

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