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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, 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!



Faculty Position Openings

Assistant Professor in Plant Sciences

Assistant Professor of Stream Ecology



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Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 11, 2016: EEB Seminar by Glen Stevens of Ferrum College, entitled, "The slithering herd: infection behaviors of insect parasitic nematodes," 3:30 p.m., Fralin Auditorium

Friday, February 12, 2016: VTLS Seminar by Horacio De la Iglesia of the University of Washington entitled, "To sleep or not to sleep: Why, how and when," 12:20 p.m., BI Conference Center

Friday, February 12, 2016: VTCRI Distinguished Public Lecture by James Olds of the National Science Foundation, entitled, "Understanding the Rules of Life" 5:30 p.m., Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

EEB Seminars

VTLS Seminars

In the News

February 10, 2016: VTCRI scientists find brain plasticity assorted into functional networks

December 7, 2015: New biology course transforms students into young scientists, research contributors

December 3, 2015: Scientists: Parasite may alter signaling in the brain

November 30, 2015: College of Science inducts six into Hall of Distinction

November 25, 2015: Global change doctoral fellows explore environmental policy on Capitol Hill

November 24, 2015: Science graduate students learn how to explain their work to a general audience at Alan Alda workshop

November 20, 2015: Scientists unexpectedly find ALS affects sensory neurons involved in movement

November 16, 2015: Researchers find way to make resistant brain cancer cells sensitive to treatment

November 13, 2015: College of Science welcomes new faculty to departments, Academy of Integrated Sciences, and School of Neuroscience

October 30, 2015: Timing is everything in cell processes, VBI researchers say

October 26, 2015: Harbingers of Halloween spin smart system for scientists to mimic, create new products

October 22, 2015: Award from NSF may help researchers better understand circadian rhythms

October 1, 2015: Scientists develop new toolkit to examine molecular mechanisms of human disease

October 8, 2015: It takes a village of bacteria to help frogs fight deadly disease, Fralin Life scientists say

September 22, 2015: Fralin researchers examine whether beneficial bacteria could rescue threatened amphibians

September 17, 2015: Birds that eat at feeders more likely to get sick, spread disease

September 14, 2015: New drug approach could offer relief to patients, hospitals fighting antibiotic resistance

September 11, 2015: Scientist receives grant to study underpinnings of hard-to-treat, hereditary breast cancer

August 30, 2015: Konark Mukherjee named VT Scholar of the Week

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