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. We look forward to hearing from you!

Biology News
Mikayla Johnson Conducts Research in Dr. Summers' Lab

During the summer, Mikayla Johnson was an undergraduate student researcher in the lab of Dr. Kyle Summers. Through a project supported by the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, Johnson took part in an ongoing study of evolution, husbandry and Müllerian mimicry in different species of Peruvian frogs.

You can see a video of her in action in the lab here.

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Biology Welcomes Cindy Putnam-Evans as our New Chair!
THCAS Associate Dean of Research Cindy Putnam-Evans has been appointed (interim) Chair of the Department of Biology following Jeff McKinnon’s move to the faculty after 10 years of service. A national search for a permanent Chair will begin shortly.

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Dr. Baohong Zhang, Named Distinguished Professor at the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Congratulations to Baohong, who was named Distinguished Professor at the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences 55th annual convocation on Aug. 17, 2018.

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Will Zahran
Biology Graduate Will Zahran Selected to Serve as Presidential Scholar for the 2018-19 Academic Year

Well done Will (Class of 2018)! He was selected as one of four recent UNC System graduates to serve as Presidential Scholars for the 2018-19 academic year. The Presidential Scholars serve a one-year appointment and provide a wide range of professional functions for the UNC System Office.

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Fadi Issa
Dr. Fadi Issa Awarded a National Science Foundation Grant to Study Effects of Social Behavior on Nervous System Function

Congratulations to Fadi Issa, who was awarded a four-year, $470,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Fadi and Katie Clements, a PhD student in his lab, are exploring the connection between social hierarchy and its effect on behavior and neurological development in zebrafish.

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