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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Job Searches Fall 2016

by September 13, 2016
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The Department of Biology and The Department of Chemistry are searching for applicants for Assistant Professor in Molecular Biology (faculty), Assistant Director of Microscopy (staff), Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry (faculty), and Lab Manager (staff).  If you are interested, please visit the specific pages listed below for more information. Read more »

Welcome to Our Newest Professor

by August 31, 2016
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Assistant Professor James Pease is the newest faculty member in the Department of Biology!  He will teach genetics, bioinformatics, genomics, and his research is in the area of computational evolutionary biology. Pease received his Ph.D. from Indiana University and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan before joining Read more »

Tague Lab Begins Study of Old Campus Magnolias

by August 28, 2016
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The Wake Endophyte Legacy Lab (also known as the WELL, headed by Professor of Biology Brian Tague) took a scientific road trip to Wake Forest’s Old Campus on a hot day this August. The Lab is interested in fungal endophytes – fungi that live asymptomatically within the tissues of plants – Read more »

Summer Research in the Smith Lab

by August 26, 2016

WFU Biology PhD student Scott Cory, and undergraduate researchers Taylor Catalano and Denas Kisonas (rising sophomores, class of 2019), spent their summer at Roan High Bluff in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. They were studying the ecophysiological mechanisms of mortality of Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) and red spruce (Picea rubens) seedlings. Their Read more »

Anderson Lab Attends the NAOC

by August 25, 2016
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Biology Professor David Anderson’s lab was well represented at the NAOC (North American Ornithological Conference) August 16-20, 2016 in Washington DC. Over 2,000 people attended the NAOC, making it the largest bird conference ever! The titles of the presentations give a good indication of this lab’s seabird expertise, which is now Read more »