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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

Jumping Fish

by October 10, 2011
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Associate Professor of Biology Miriam Ashley-Ross is on a team of researchers who discovered several species of fish can flip in the air to move more than 10 times their body length in one leap from the ground. The study appears in the Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A. “The findings are Read more »

Child Abuse in Birds?

by September 29, 2011
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WFU News Service, August 2011 For one species of seabird in the Galápagos, the child abuse “cycle of violence” found in humans plays out in the wild. The new study of Nazca boobies by Wake Forest University researchers provides the first evidence from the animal world showing those who are Read more »

Conner Honored for Biology and Entrepreneurship

by September 22, 2011
William Conner, Farr Professor of Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship

Professor of Biology William E. Conner has been named the first David and Lelia Farr Professor of Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. The chair was established by David (’77) and Lelia (’77) Farr of St. Louis, Mo., to recognize Conner and his work with the Wake Forest Program in Innovation, Creativity Read more »

Art and Biology: What Do You See in the Andes?

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Famous painting is ‘reading’ assignment for first-year students More than 1,200 first-year students and their advisers visited Reynolda House Museum of American Art on Sunday as part of this year’s summer “reading” project. Rather than reading an assigned book before they arrived on campus, new students instead studied a painting, Read more »

Green Fruit, Deep Roots

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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 »