The Division of Biological Sciences

Biology, as the study of living systems, reveals the fundamental principles that govern the complexity within our cells, in the diverse organisms around us, and across vast landscapes. Thus, biology also provides the insights and tools necessary to address real-world problems, from conserving rare species to understanding the mechanisms of human disease. In the Division of Biological Sciences, we are committed to fundamental research excellence, to training the next generation of scientists and leaders through innovative graduate and undergraduate programs, and to fostering biological literacy in our communities.

A bumper crop of fellowships for DBS students, postdocs

OBEE grad students honored by NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Two OBEE first year students, Hila Chase and Emily Kopania, earned 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowships ($138,000 each) to support their PhD studies. Another student in the cohort, Anthony Lapansky, received Honorable Mention for his proposal. Emily (Good Lab, left) will investigate the consequences of variation in gene number in mammals. Hila (Tobalske Lab, middle) focuses on bone micro-structure and clues if can provide about ancient and modern avian flight. Anthony (Tobalske Lab, right) will study the biomechanics of wings and legs in birds such as dippers.  

DBS researcher wins Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Award from NIH

Jonathon Velotta, a postdoc in the Cheviron Lab, was awarded a multi-year NRSA postdoctoral fellowship award (~$180,000) in support of his research on the genomics and physiology of high-elevation adaptation.