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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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Pre-Health Students Support Missions of Mercy

by December 17, 2014
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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 »

Science: Holy Blocked Bat Signal!

by November 6, 2014
Mexican free-tailed bats and ultrasonic signature. photo credit N. Hristov

Science magazine and the BBC independently featured the work of Aaron Corcoran and Bill Conner.  The Science article is titled: “Holy blocked bat signal! Bats jam each other’s calls”.  This article focuses on the research of Corcoran and Conner done in the southwestern United States on bat colonies and studies of bat calls. Read more »

Tomorrow’s Tomatoes Look to the Past

by October 15, 2014
Kathleen DiNapoli (left) and Dr. Gloria Muday in the Biology greenhouse showing their heirloom specimens

The WFU News Service recently published an article featuring the work of Dr. Gloria Muday and Beckman Award winner Kathleen DiNapoli.  This article sheds light on their research into the genetics and physiology of heirloom tomatoes to locate ancestral genes that offer growth advantages. Pull quote: “The world population continues to grow despite Read more »

Pro Humanitate, Campus Kitchen

by September 22, 2014
Campus Kitchen Volunteers making boxed meals for the needy.

Biology students and faculty have been integral to Campus Kitchen, an organization that “rescues” food and fresh produce to be distributed as meals for the needy.  Campus kitchen fosters outreach opportunities to “educate the student body and the campus community on local and national issues like food justice and sustainability initiatives.”  The Read more »

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