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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!

 

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Upcoming Events


Wednesday, September 2, 2015: Microbiology Colloquium with seminar speaker Lauren Sheehan, Ph.D. student in the Caswell Lab (DBSP), entitled, "Strategies employed by Brucella for successful intracellular survival," 12:00 p.m., LS1 Room 101

Wednesday, September 2, 2015: Global Change Center Distinguished Lecture by Naomi Oreskes of Harvard U., entitled, "Should we trust science?" 4:00 pm, Lyric Theatre

Thursday, September 3, 2015: EEB Seminar/Biological Sciences Graduate Student Invited Speaker, Judie Bronstein of U. of Arizona, entitled, "Mutualism: What do we know, and where do we go from here? 3:30 pm, Derring 4069

Friday, September 4, 2015: VTLS Seminar by Ken Nealson of USC, entitled, "Electric bacteria and extracellular electron transport (EET): a 'new' metabolic wrinkle," 12:20 pm, VBI Conference Center

Friday, September 2, 2015: Timothy A. Johnson Medical Scholar Lecture by Ellen Sidransky of NHGRI, entitled, "Gaucher Disease and Parkinsonism: Insights from a Rare Disorder," 1:00 p.m., Virginia Tech Carilion Research Center

Friday, September 11, 2015: Inaugural Seminar for the VT Cross-Boundary Biogeosciences Group, given by Jack Webster.  4:00 pm, VBI Auditorium.  Reception to follow at the Hahn Horticulture Garden.  Sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Water Resources Research Center, and the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

EEB Seminars

VTLS Seminars


In the News

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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