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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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 »

WFU Biologist in China

by August 23, 2016
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This summer Biology Professor Carole Gibson was invited by the Office of Global Programs to teach in a pilot program at a boarding high school in Suzhou, China. The program offered a college course to Chinese students planning to study in the US so that they could become familiar with American-style teaching, Read more »

Ashley-Ross Quoted on Mudfish Locomotion

by July 9, 2016
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Our local expert on vertebrate locomotion, Professor Miriam Ashley-Ross, was quoted on July 8, 2016, in an article on mudfish locomotion titled “Did early land animals get a leg up by using their tails?”  The article was published in the Christina Science Monitor. Why study mudskippers? These fish use their front Read more »