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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“When It’s Hip to Be Square”

by July 4, 2015
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Stop and think a moment about seahorse tails. Try to visualize one in your mind. Seahorse tails are prehensile, of course, and it’s easy to imagine a seahorse hanging on to whatever vegetation is handy  But if you’ve ever looked closely at one, you may have noted that that the plates Read more »

Honors in Biology

by July 1, 2015
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Thirteen Biology majors (count ’em!) graduated with Honors on May 18, 2015. In addition to maintaining a record of academic excellence, each Honors student is required to complete an original piece of research, write a thesis, and defend that thesis before a faculty committee. The titles of these theses indicate the Read more »

Dimock Recognized at 2015 Commencement

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From the 2015 Commencement Ceremony Program: Wake Forest University honors Ronald V. Dimock, Jr., Ph.D., for forty-five years of distinguished service, including as the Thurman D. Kitchin Professor of Biology; for his deep knowledge of biology and natural history that inspired many generations of Wake Forest students; for his award-winning teaching Read more »

Biology Students Take Honors at NCAS

by April 5, 2015
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The 112th annual meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science took place on March 27-28, 2015, at Wake Forest Biotech Place in downtown Winston-Salem. Participation in North Carolina Academy of Science events is a long-standing tradition in the Wake Forest Department of Biology. This year no fewer than Read more »

Dining Dilemmas

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Dining Dilemmas is the name Professors Pat Lord (Biology) and Ana Iltis (Philosophy) give to a collaboration between Pre-Health Advising and the WFU Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society. Once a semester, undergraduates join with other students and faculty to discuss thorny issues related to medical ethics over dinner. Read more »