Virginia Tech's Department of Biological Sciences is a unit in the College of Science that is proud of its reputation for teaching excellence and its internationally-known research efforts. The department oversees the largest degree-granting program at Virginia Tech, with more than 1700 student majors, and also provides instruction to thousands of other students from across the college and university. This is accomplished by the efforts of 35 teaching and research faculty and another 15 permanent and temporary instructors, including a number of retired faculty.
Faculty conduct research in a wide array of life sciences subdisciplines, increasingly in interdisciplinary collaborations, tackling problems in areas ranging from restoration ecology, evolutionary biology, and computational biology to molecular microbiology, plant chemical ecology, and cancer biology. Much of this research is carried out by some 85 graduate students and a growing cadre of postdoctoral fellows, with many laboratories also providing substantive research opportunities for undergraduates. These efforts are funded by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Agriculture, and a variety of other sources, which totalled $7 million in fiscal year 2010. The NSF has recognized several junior faculty through CAREER grant awards, while more senior faculty include a a University Distinguished Professor and the Bailey chair. The department counts three scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and one at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute among the research-active tenured/training faculty. Faculty in the department are key players in teaching/training grants, including serving as co-Principal Investigators on two of Virginia Tech's five NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship programs, as well as the Scieneering initiative recently funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Links to forms and procedures and information on administration, management, and support for faculty, staff, and students.
Information on computing resources for department faculty, staff, and students: computer maintenance, wireless and ethernet access, networking, phone access, poster printing, and more.
The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in a number of buildings and has access to a wide variety of research resources.