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


Joint Statement on the Status of the ECU Center for Biodiversity

In 2014, the UNC Board of Governors (BOG) convened a working group to review centers and institutes operating under 400.5[R] of the UNC Policy Manal.  On February 18, 2015, a recommendation was made by the BOG Working Group on Centers and Institutes to.........

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Dr. Jinling Huang named a recipient of the ECU Five-Year Research Achievement Award.

Congratulations to Dr. Jinling Huang, who has been named one of the recipients of the ECU Five-Year Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. He will be honored at a lecture and reception at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the ECU East Carolina Heart Institute Auditorium. 

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Article by Chris Balakrishnan and others honored by editors and readers of PeerJ

recent article by Dr. Chris Balakrishnan and collaborators published in PeerJ was honored as a top pick for 2014 (20 articles selected from 471 published), and a top animal behavior paper for November 2014.

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Dustin Foote

Biology Graduate Student Gives Outreach Lectures at Sylvan Heights Bird Park

Dustin Foote, a MS student studying in the lab of Dr. Chris Balakrishnan, is presenting a series of lectures at the Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck. These talks are guaranteed to be interesting, informative, and fun for the whole family!

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Dr. Carol Goodwillie Incorporates Service Learning Into Biology Class

Dr. Carol Goodwillie received funds from the faculty senate’s Teaching Grants Committee – making the first service learning science course at ECU possible. Thirty of Goodwillie’s students helped remove invasive plants in an ongoing habitat restoration project at River Park North.

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