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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
• Environmental Sciences
• 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!


Current Open Faculty Positions


Upcoming Events

Friday, October 24, 2014: VTLSS Seminar by Tamas Balla of NICHD/NIH, entitled, "Prying into the secrets of phosphoinositides with molecular imaging tools," 12:20 p.m., VBI Conference Center

Thursday, October 30, 2014: EEB Seminar by Collin Saldanha of American University, entitled, "Spatial and temporal precision of hormone delivery: estrogens on demand in the vertebrate brain," 3:30 p.m., 4069 Derring Hall

Friday, October 31, 2014: VTLSS Seminar by Donita Brady of Duke University, entitled, "Interplay between copper acquisition and MAPK signal transduction: implications for BRAF mutation-positive melanoma treatment," 12:20 p.m., VBI Conference Center