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.
New NIH Grant Funds Research on Host-Microbe Interactions
Assistant Professor Brandon S. Cooper has been awarded an R35 MIRA grant from the NIH ($1,802,630) to fund his research on interactions between endosymbiotic Wolbachia
bacteria and their Drosophila
fly hosts. This research will identify genetic and environmental contexts that promote Wolbachia
spread, which is crucial to explain the prevalence of Wolbachia
infections in nature and to improve the efficacy of Wolbachia
biocontrol. For more infomration, see UM's article regarding the grant.