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, 25 postdocs/research scientists, and 90 graduate students on the Blacksburg and VTCRI campuses. As major players in both basic and applied research at Virginia Tech, Biological Sciences faculty secured over $12M in new grants this past year to tackle the most challenging problems facing our world today, from global change to human disease. Research expertise is focused in the following broad areas:
The department is also one of the two largest undergraduate degree-granting units in the university, with 380 B.S. degrees conferred each year; we also host close to 200 undergraduates in our research labs year-round, while teaching more than 14,500 students in undergraduate and graduate courses. 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 10,000 living alumni!
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Friday, August 28, 2015: VTLS Seminar by Chuan Xiao of the U. of Texas-El Paso, entitled, "The Magic of Cryo-EM: From Tiny to Gigantic," 12:20 pm, VBI Conference Center
Wednesday, September 2, 2015: Global Change Center Distinguished Lecture by Naomi Oreskes of Harvard U., entitled, "Should we trust science?" 4:00 pm, Lyric Theatre
Thursday, September 3, 2015: EEB Seminar/Biological Sciences Graduate Student Invited Speaker, Judie Bronstein of U. of Arizona, entitled, "Mutualism: What do we know, and where do we go from here? 3:30 pm, Derring 4069
July 20, 2015: Cancer Under Attack
June 9, 2015: Jack Webster honored with emeritus status
June 3, 2015: Arthur L. Buikema honored with emeritus status
May 11, 2015: VT scientists' work gives hope to threatened creatures
May 1, 2015: Fralin Student Spotlight: Ben Vernasco
April 27, 2015: Brett Opell receives 2015 William E. Wine Award
April 15, 2015: Jessica Li selected as 2015 Undergraduate Student of the Year
March 27, 2015: Top VT graduate students honored with awards
February 27, 2015: Michael Friedlander's research continues to be lauded 40 years later
February 19, 2015: Twelve VT students accepted to national forum
January 27, 2015: Art Buikema appointed to the Academy of Faculty Service
January 19, 2015: Khidir Hilu named CIDER's Teacher of the Week