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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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Registration for the 12th Annual Biological Sciences Research Day is now open!

 

Current Open Faculty Positions

 

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Upcoming Events


Thursday, January 22, 2015: Seminar by Andreas Doncic of Stanford University, entitled, "Using Single Cell Dynamics to Uncover Principles of Cell Fate Decisions," 1:30 p.m., VBI Conference Center

Thursday, January 22, 2015: Fourth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Seminar by Sharon and Craig Ramey of VTCRI/VT/VTCSM, entitled, "Poverty, Biology, and Health: Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" 3:30 p.m., Fralin Auditorium

Friday, January 23, 2015: VTCRI Frontiers in Biomedical Research Seminar by Susan Kaech of the Yale University School of Medicine, entitled, "Fattening Up Our Immunological Memory," 11:00 a.m., Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Friday, January 23, 2015: Fourth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Seminar by Sharon and Craig Ramey of VTCRI/VT/VTCSM, entitled, "The Civil Rights of Health, Education, and Biology: MLK's Enduring Legacy," 12:20 p.m., VBI Conference Center

Thursday, January 29, 2015: EEB Seminar by Dan Ardia of Franklin & Marshall College, entitled, "Golondrinas de las Americas: Life history evolution in Tachycineta swallows," 3:30 p.m., Derring 4069

Friday, January 30, 2015: VTLSS Seminar by Daniel Kearns of Indiana University-Bloomington, title TBA.  12:20 p.m., VBI Conference Center

EEB Seminar Schedule

VTLSS Seminar Schedule