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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:

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!



In Memoriam

The department has lost one of its OWLS. Associate Professor Emeritus, David Armstrong West, passed away on April 2, 2015 at his home in Blacksburg. In addition to the official obituary, faculty colleague Bob Benoit has written this special remembrance.


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Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 23, 2015: EEB Seminar by Jen Schweitzer of the University of Tennessee, entitled, "Evolutionary feedbacks link above- and below-ground processes," 3:30 p.m., 4069 Derring

Thursday, April 23, 2015: GBCB Seminar by Nick Buchler of Duke University, entitled, "Punctuated evolution and rewiring of the the fungal cell cycle oscillator," 4:00 p.m., VBI Conference Center

Friday, April 24, 2015: Frontiers in Biomedical Research Seminar by Geoffrey Pitt of Duke University, entitled, "Dysregulation of Ion Channels in Various Disease Properties," 11:00 a.m., Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Friday, April 24, 2015: VTLS Seminar by Angelika Amon of MIT, entitled, "Cellular Consequences of Aneuploidy," 12:20 p.m., VBI Conference Center

Friday, May 1, 2015: Spring Picnic/Potluck, sponsored by the BGSA and the Department of Biological Sciences, 5:00 p.m., Price House Nature Center

EEB Seminar Schedule

VTLS Seminar Schedule