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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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Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 4, 2014: EEB Seminar by Ignacio Moore of VT Biological Sciences, entitled, "Hormones and social behavior in birds," 3:30 p.m., Derring 4069

Thursday, December 4, 2014: VTCRI Distinguished Scholar Series Lecture by Jeremy Boss of the Emory University School of Medicine, entitled,"Epigenetics and the Immune System," 5:30 p.m., Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Friday, December 5, 2014: VTLSS Seminar by Joseph Jarrett of the University of Hawaii-Manoa, entitled, "Radical Enzymes Involved in Sulfur Metabolism: How Biotin is Formed Using Iron-Sulfur Clusters and Radical Chemistry", 12:20 p.m., VBI Conference Center

Friday, December 5, 2014: VTCRI Frontiers in Biomedical Research Seminar by Stacy Schultz-Cherry of St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Center for Excellence in Influenza Research and Surveillance, and the WHO Collaborating Center, entitled, "Unraveling the Pathogenesis of Respiratory and Enteric Viruses in Normal and High-Risk Populations," 11:00 a.m., Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Thursday, December 11, 2014: Department Holiday Potluck Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Life Sciences I Room 101/Lobby