Welcome to Biology at ECU!

We are a broad department that emphasizes integrative approaches drawing from across the life sciences. We offer undergraduate majors in Biology and Biochemistry and graduate opportunities at both the MS and PhD levels. Our faculty, students, and staff have received a wide range of honors and awards and some of their achievements are highlighted on this site. We encourage alumni to keep in touch and prospective students to visit. I look forward to hearing from you!

Jeff McKinnon, Chair

Biology News

Brewer Keene

Michael Brewer and Keith Keene Receive NIH Grant to Research Genetic Markers for Recurrent Stroke

Dr. Keith Keene and Dr. Michael Brewer could provide insight into personalized risk assessment, targeted prevention and response to treatment, helping to reduce the health impact of strokes. The ultimate goal is to better understand the factors that contribute to stroke risk in order to tailor prevention and treatment efforts to each individual, a concept known as precision medicine. Exposing students to research is an important component of the project by teaching students the entire process of DNA sequencing and the analysis associated with it.

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Join the College of Arts and Sciences for an alumni and friends reception celebrating piracy in honor of the 300th Anniversary of Blackbeard’s death!

ECU Anthropology faculty member and local expert on piracy, Dr. Charles Ewen, will present his findings on the famous North Carolina Pirate and the life of piracy. 



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Sara Kornegay

Sara Kornegay Wins Outstanding Student Award

Sara Kornegay, Winner of Outstanding Student Award, BS-Biology and entering ECU Dental School, is the latest from an amazing family of ECU Biology and Brody alumni.


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Privette Bray

Biology Alumnus Doug Privette and Advancement Council Member John Bray Honored with Alumni Awards

Dr. Douglas Privette ’72, a Biology Department alumnus, received the 2016 Virgil Clark '50 Distinguished Service Award, and Dr. John Bray, who serves on the Biology Advancement Council, was recognized with a 2016 Honorary Alumnus Award.

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dragonfly crayfish

Apex Predators: Research Pinpoints Predators' Impact on Ecosystems

Mike McCoy, along with a team of researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University, Radford University and McMaster University, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to further the development and testing of models that will help scientists understand and predict the effects of predator diversity on ecosystems.

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