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The Department of Biology at Wake Forest is a diverse team of scientists and students investigating the processes of life at all levels. While many other research universities contain specialized and isolated departments based on biological sub-disciplines, we value the interdisciplinary atmosphere and advances that a full-spectrum department promotes.  The full-time faculty currently stands at 22 professors, and the student body includes 35 Master’s and Ph.D. students and approximately 200 undergraduate Biology majors.  Research is central to our mission, with almost all majors joining faculty and graduate students outside of class in our laboratories and field sites.  Much of our research is supported by federal grants, permitting ambitious approaches that prepare graduate and undergraduate students for careers in academics, medicine, biotech,  and other areas.

Update: Grimberg 2012 TEDx lecture

by January 28, 2013
Dr. Brian Grimberg (2004), photo credit TEDxCLE

From TED “Ideas Worth Spreading – riveting talks by remarkable people” [link] Our own PhD. Biology graduate Brian Grimberg, now Assistant Professor of International Health at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, gave one of the 2012 TEDxCLE talks entitled “Buzzkill: How Malaria Has, and Is, Changing The World We Read more »

Google search for drug discovery

by November 15, 2012
Jason Gagliano, a biology graduate student, works in a Wake Forest lab.

A Google search for drug discovery Grants totaling $860,000 fund cutting-edge genetic sequencing By ALICIA ROBERTS Jason Gagliano, a biology graduate student, works in a Wake Forest lab. It’s what scholars dream about: getting to work with the latest technology and leading researchers in the industry to develop a scientific Read more »

Teaching with tomatoes

by November 2, 2012
Dr. Gloria Muday teaching genetics to high school students

Peter Chawaga of the Wake Forest News Service recently published an article about the outreach efforts of Drs. Gloria Muday and Carole Browne.  These professors along with the support of graduate and undergraduate students execute an outreach program to the public schools.  The focus of this program is to teach Read more »

Honey bee see . . . honey bee do?

by September 12, 2012
Bee learning "harness" designed by Scott Dobrin (PhD. WFU 2011)

PLOS (The Public Library of Science) is a non-profit publisher and advocacy organization recently published an article focusing on the work of Reynolds Professor of Developmental Neuroscience Susan Fahrbach and graduate student researcher Scott Dobrin (PhD. 2011).  Fahrbach and her lab group have discovered that it is possible to train Read more »

Nick Hristov featured by NPR

by September 10, 2012
Nickolay Hristov (PhD. 2008) uses technology to study the fascinating world of bats.

Nickolay Hristov, Professor with the UNC Center for Design Innovation and Wake Forest Biology Research Professor, does amazing research on bats. His work was featured on National Public Radio (NPR) weekly program Science Friday.  Nick received his PhD. from Wake Forest in 2008 and works closely with Professor William Conner’s Read more »