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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

Green Fruit, Deep Roots

by September 22, 2011
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Wake Forest University’s Campus Garden overflows with tomatoes. But, with names like Never Ripe and Green Ripe, many will never be the rich, red orbs you’d slice up for sandwiches. These tomatoes – mutant varieties bred for research – will help Gloria K. Muday, Ph.D., a professor of biology, determine Read more »

Location, Location, Location

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Arts & Sciences Faculty Portraits 2011

Just how many plant species are threatened by land development in the Amazon? Biology Professor Miles Silman and research Ken Feeley published a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the degree to which plant species are threatened is highly location dependent.  The article in Read more »

Tropical Plant Collections May Predicting Climate Impacts

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Miles Silman, Ran and Frank Bell Jr. Faculty Fellow

Missing Pieces David Malakoff | January 27, 2011  | Conservation Magazine Sparse tropical plant collections complicate efforts to predict climate impacts Want to know if that Amazonian orchid you love so much is likely to survive a warming climate? Don’t hold your breath. Efforts to create models that predict how Read more »

William Smith Receives National Science Foundation Funding for Studies of Carbon/Water Relations at Treeline

by September 18, 2011

Congratulations to Bill Smith, whose proposal entitled “Collaborative RUI Proposal: Effects of Contrasting Cloud Regimes on Plant Carbon/Water Relations at Treeline” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Wayne Silver Receives Funding for Neuroscience Training

by September 1, 2011
Wayne Silver, Professor of Biology

Congratulations to Wayne Silver, whose proposal entitled “Undergraduate neuroscience training cooperative between WFU and WSSU” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This innovative program will allow students at Winston-Salem State University, a historically black institution, to complete the requirements for the Neuroscience Minor at Wake Forest Read more »