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The Department of Biological Sciences is a major hub for life sciences research and teaching at Virginia Tech, with interdisciplinary connections that span the university.  We are home to 55 faculty, 20 postdocs/research scientists, and 90 graduate students.  The department is the largest undergraduate degree-granting unit in the university, with some 350 B.S. degree conferred each year; we also host more than 100 undergraduates in our research labs year-round.  Research expenditures exceed $5M annually across the range of the discipline, specifically in the following focus areas:

• Cell and Molecular Biology
• Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
• Ecology
• Behavioral and Evolutionary Biology
• Molecular Microbiology
• Neuroscience, Cancer Biology, and Cardiology

We invite you to explore our web site to learn more about current happenings, opportunities for undergraduate and graduate training, and special achievements of our faculty, staff, current students, and our 9000+ living alumni!


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Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 5, 2015: EEB/Interfaces of Global Change IGEP Seminar by Robert Lackey of Oregon State University, entitled, "Science in Public Policy: Maintaining Relevance, Ensuring Accuracy, and Avoiding Advocacy," 2:00 p.m., Fralin Auditorium 

Friday, March 6, 2015: Frontiers in Biomedical Research Seminar by Harriet de Wit of the University of Chicago, entitled, "Determinants of Drug Preference in Humans," 11:00 a.m., Virginia Tech Carilion Research Center

Friday, March 6, 2015: VTLS Seminar by Ana Fernandez-Sesma of the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, entitled, "Immune modulation mechanisms of dengue virus," 12:20 p.m., VBI Conference Center

EEB Seminar Schedule

VTLS Seminar Schedule