College of Arts & Sciences Biology

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Research is Organized into Three Areas:

  • Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics and Informatics
  • Integrative Stress Physiology
  • Conservation Biology

Each of these programs includes faculty active in the research area listed. Individual faculty members have research labs with specialized equipment supporting their research programs.

Our building has two state-of-the-art teaching laboratories as well as several other newly-created research facilities with specific research foci:

  • Shared Genomics Facility
  • Shared Molecular Biology Facility
  • Shared Ecology and Conservation Facility
  • Shared Proteomics/Neurobiology Facility
  • Shared Collections Facility

Along with these new shared facilities, the department recently received a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation that will equip the Genomics Facility with over $300,000 of state-of-the-art genetic instrumentation.

Additionally, we maintain several research collaborations with the USD School of Medicine and frequently have access to additional instrumentation (SEM, confocal microscope, etc.).

Seminar Series

Our department hosts a weekly seminar for researchers, both within the department and from across the country, to present results on their latest research. Semester's Invited Guests.

Research Opportunities

If you are interested in getting involved in research, take a look at the Faculty pages and email the respective professor to find out how you can participate.

Affiliated Research Centers

  • Missouri River Institute develops and promotes research, education and public awareness related to the natural and cultural resources of the Missouri River basin. The institute's work is crucial, as the Missouri River system faces increasing demand on its resources.
  • Neuroscience Group promotes research of motor control, learning and memory, cellular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity, functional recovery from stroke, neural control of respiration, computational neuroscience and neuroendocrine control of behavior.
  • The Herbarium plays a central role in the study of plant diversity. It allows comparison of plants from many parts of the world, from related groups, from different habitats and from a given area over time.