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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.

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Celebrate Homecoming with the Department of Biology!

by September 25, 2015
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Wake Forest University homecoming events for 2015 are planned on campus for Friday, September 25, and Saturday, September 26. Of course there’s a football game, but there’s also a fun opportunity to reconnect with the Biology Department. On Saturday morning the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics will host Read more »

What Would You Put in Your “Beaker-O-Fear”?

by September 11, 2015
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Science students at Wake Forest University were enthusiastic participants in the first in a series of workshops titled How to Prevent a Panic Attack on Your First College Science Exam held Tuesday, September 8, in Winston 126. Professor Pat Lord of the Department of Biology served as an organizer, Read more »

Workshop for New Students

by September 6, 2015
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Did you know that “stressed” is just “desserts” spelled backwards? Beginning science students often report feeling stressed by the mere thought of EXAMS. Wake Forest University freshmen (and any upperclassmen who need encouragement) can prepare for this fall’s exams by attending a series of workshops titled “How to Prevent Read more »

Aquatic Hunger Games

by August 31, 2015
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The work of Ph.D. candidate Morgan Burnette and Professor Miriam Ashley-Ross was recently cited by the Wake Forest News Service in an article entitled “Aquatic Hunger Games” by Bonnie Davis. “The sharp-shooting fish’s ability to spit water to hit food targets has been well documented, but a new study published Read more »

Silman Speaks at Biochar Conference

by August 19, 2015
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Wake Forest Biology Professor Miles Silman, holder of the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Chair in Conservation Biology, is one of the organizers and lead speakers at a workshop dedicated to the use of biochar as the basis of sustainable agriculture in Lima, Peru, held August 17-18, 2015. This workshop was co-organized by Read more »

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