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Department of Biology

Faculty & Research

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New Biology Faculty (above photo, left to right: Erik Ragsdale, Jason Tennessen, Kim Rosvall, Gabe Zentner, Carol Anderson, Julia van Kessel, Ankur Dalia)

Research in the Department of Biology

The Indiana University Department of Biology prides itself in the breadth and depth of its research. Unlike most large universities, we have not divided Biology into multiple smaller departments, believing that scientific breakthroughs come most often when a diversity of thought and approaches are brought to bear on a question. For example, faculty and students studying animal behavior benefit immensely by interacting with colleagues with expertise in neurobiology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, and evolution. Similarly, faculty and students studying epigenetic regulation of gene expression in animals benefit by close interactions with those studying similar processes in plants, and vice versa. The diversity of expertise and scientific approach represented in our 61 faculty, combined with an exceptionally collegial culture, is what makes IU Biology stand out, and has made IU a premiere place for performing cutting edge research. Below are links to in-depth descriptions of many of IU Biology’s research strengths. We invite you to explore these pages, click on the faculty links, and get a flavor of the exciting research currently underway in IU Biology.

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