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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!



Registration for the 12th Annual Biological Sciences Research Day is now open!


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Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 29, 2015: EEB Seminar by Dan Ardia of Franklin & Marshall College, entitled, "Golondrinas de las Americas: Life history evolution in Tachycineta swallows," 3:30 p.m., Derring 4069

Friday, January 30, 2015: Seminar by Kai McKinstry of U-Mass Medical School, entitled, "Maximizing CD4 T cell-mediated protection against influenza virus," 10:00 a.m., VBI Conference Center

Friday, January 30, 2015: VTLSS Seminar by Daniel Kearns of Indiana University-Bloomington, entitled, "CsrA and flagellar structural homeostasis in Bacillus subtilis," 12:20 p.m., VBI Conference Center

EEB Seminar Schedule

VTLSS Seminar Schedule