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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, 25 postdocs/research scientists, and 90 graduate students on the Blacksburg and VTCRI campuses. As major players in both basic and applied research at Virginia Tech, Biological Sciences faculty secured over $12M in new grants this past year to tackle the most challenging problems facing our world today, from global change to human disease. Research expertise is focused in the following broad areas:

The department is also one of the two largest undergraduate degree-granting units in the university, with 380 B.S. degrees conferred each year; we also host close to 200 undergraduates in our research labs year-round, while teaching more than 14,500 students in undergraduate and graduate courses.  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 10,000 living alumni!


Faculty Position Openings

Assistant Professor in Plant Sciences

Assistant Professor of Stream Ecology


Since 2010, Virginia Tech employees have donated more than $1.4 million to local charities in the New River Valley and across the state through the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign.

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 6, 2015: Seminar by Sarah Clinton of U. of Alabama-Birmingham, entitled, "Epigenetics, Neurodevelopment, and Risk for Anxiety and Depressions studied in a rat model," 3:00 p.m., 310 Kelly Hall

Thursday, October 8, 2015: EEB Seminar by Hank Harlow of the U. of Wyoming, entitled, "Winter Immobility and Food Deprivation: Skeletal Muscle Protein and Strength Retention in Bears," 3:30 p.m., Derring 4069

Friday, October 9, 2015: VTLS Seminar by Cristian Danna of U. of Wisconsin-Madison, entitled, "A scorched earth strategy to keep most microbes at bay," 12:20 p.m., VBI Conference Center

Saturday, October 10, 2015: Alumni Advisory Board Fall Meeting, 2093 Derring Hall. Schedule TBA.

EEB Seminars

VTLS Seminars

In the News

September 17, 2015: Birds that eat at feeders more likely to get sick, spread disease

September 14, 2015: New drug approach could offer relief to patients, hospitals fighting antibiotic resistance

August 30, 2015: Konark Mukherjee named VT Scholar of the Week

August 30, 2015: 'Brainbow' tagging research reveals surprising data about visual connections in brain

August 28, 2015: VBI scientists reveal cellular clockwork that underlies inflammation

July 22, 2015: Cancer biologists find a key that may unlock how tumors form and progress

July 20, 2015: Cancer Under Attack

June 9, 2015: Jack Webster honored with emeritus status

June 3, 2015: Arthur L. Buikema honored with emeritus status

June 3, 2015: Scientist's dogma-challenging work recognized with prestigious grant

May 28, 2015: Scientists receive grant to study the leading cause of childhood blindness

May 19, 2015: VT ecologist partners with the UN to confront global water crisis

May 14, 2015: Students earn university's new bachelor's degree in microbiology

May 11, 2015: VT scientists' work gives hope to threatened creatures

May 1, 2015: Fralin Student Spotlight: Ben Vernasco

April 27, 2015: Brett Opell receives 2015 William E. Wine Award

April 15, 2015: Jessica Li selected as 2015 Undergraduate Student of the Year

April 13, 2015: VT scientist partners with Ecuadorian researchers to study nose of rare 'Pinocchio Lizard'

April 10, 2015: Scientists visualize potential brain cancer treatments in real time

March 27, 2015: Top VT graduate students honored with awards

March 26, 2015: Skin microbiome may hold answers to protect golden frogs from lethal fungus

March 5, 2015: Ten undergraduates to present at the ACC Meeting of the Minds

February 27, 2015: Michael Friedlander's research continues to be lauded 40 years later

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