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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 24 tenured or tenure-track professors, 4 teaching professors, 35 graduate students, and approximately 200 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.

Worth Turning Round - A Blog from the Chair

Fruit Fly Research Combines Drosophila and Diabetes

by August 14, 2012
Eric Johnson studies Drosophila in the lab

Dr. Eric Johnson’s research on Drosophila provides insight into human diabetes treatment. His laboratory’s findings were recently featured by the WFU News Service and the scientific journal Genetics. Complexity doesn’t stem from having different genes or special nerve cells. The basic biophysical, biochemical makeup is the same. The difference in Read more »

Wake Forest PhD Aaron Corcoran Featured by National Geographic

by June 15, 2012
Aaron Corcoran

Aaron Corcoran’s research on sonar jamming moths is featured in the new National Geographic Special “Untamed Americas”. The footage is featured in the episode on Deserts. It is airing Saturday, June 16, 9pm EST. Link to the show page: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/untamed-americas/ Mexican Free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) migrate up to 1,000 miles (1609 Read more »

Meet Miles Silman

by June 7, 2012
Miles Silman, Ran and Frank Bell Jr. Faculty Fellow

Biology Professor, Miles Silman is the Director of the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.  The WFU News Center recently posted a faculty profile on his exciting work and ongoing involvement in studying climate change, sustainability, tropical conservation, and the environment. As a conservation biologist, Miles Silman has been a Read more »

Conner Receives Funding from the National Science Foundation for Bat-Moth Arms Race Studies

by June 6, 2012
William E. Conner

Congratulations to William E. Conner, professor of Biology, whose proposal entitled “Acoustic Aposematism, Mimicry, and Sonar Jamming in the Bat-Moth Arms Race” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Muday Receives Funding from the National Science Foundation for Work on Arabadopsis

by March 18, 2012
Gloria Muday, Professor of Biology

Congratulations to Gloria K. Muday, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Arabidopsis 2010 Project Collaborative Research: Modeling Biological Networks in Arabidopsis through Integration of Genomic, Proteomic, and Metabolomic Data” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).