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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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Biology Major Wins Second Research Award

by May 11, 2016
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  Congratulations to graduating senior Taylor Ibelli, a biology major, who has been awarded her second New Investigator Award by the Society for Thermal Medicine (STM). The award included a travel grant to attend the 2016 International Congress of Hyperthermic Oncology (ICHO) which was held in April in New Orleans, Read more »

Honors and Awards 2016

by May 9, 2016
'2016 Honors Graduates: Pu, Sanda, DiNapoli, Quirk, Henderson, Fishman

Honors and Awards, Department of Biology 2016 The Department of Biology is proud to announce the award winners for 2016.  Honors graduates have not only distinguished themselves academically, but in important research endeavors and outreach. This year, our graduates with Honors in Biology are Emily Felvey, Tracey Pu, Greg Sanda, Read more »

BBC features Nick Dowdy’s work

by April 21, 2016
An "explosive" defensive behavior as recorded by Nick Dowdy, WFU Ph.D. Candidate

The BBC recently featured Ph.D. candidate Nick Dowdy‘s work on moths in Central America.  He has some very interesting scientific findings on the unique defensive behavior of a particular Ecuadorian moth.  When threatened, it “uses an explosion of a sticky, wool-like material to defend itself.”  This has never been seen before in Read more »

Woodpecker Drumming Signals: Wimp or Warrior

by March 8, 2016
Fuxjager, Schuppe, Petersen in field study

The Wake Forest University News Service recently published this news story written by Bonnie Davis on the research work of Dr. Matt Fuxjager. “Partners will actually coordinate or cooperate with how they fight depending on who they are fighting. They size up their opponent and decide whether they need to Read more »

Muday, Pan, Ranjbar Win National Teaching Tools Competition

by February 24, 2016
Par Ranjibar (left) and Bethany Pan, winners of the 2015 ASPB Teaching Tools Competition.

Professor Gloria Muday, and students Bethany Pan, and Par Ranjbar recently won a national contest sponsored by the American Society of Plant Biologists to develop teaching tools that can be used in K-12 and college level biology which teaches about the effects of climate change, drought, and water deficit on Read more »

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