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
Baohong Zhang Awarded ‘Cotton Researcher of the Year, 2018’ by the International Cotton Advisory Committee!
The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) announced that Dr. Baohong Zhang is the ICAC Cotton Researcher of the Year 2018. ICAC honours a leading cotton researcher each year.

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Elizabeth Ables
Elizabeth Ables Named Recipient of a 2018 THCAS Dean's Early Career Award!

East Carolina University’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences has announced that Dr. Elizabeth Ables, assistant professor of biology, is one of two recipients of the 2018 Dean’s Early Career Award. The announcement was made May 10 during a special reception hosted by Dean William M. Downs at the home of the THCAS Dean’s Advancement Council Chair Jim Mullen and his wife Pam.

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Kelsey Spragley
Congratulations to Kelsey Spragley, awarded a NIH Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

Kelsey Spragley, a MS Biology graduate student, was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. This award (funded over 12 months) will support Kelsey’s research focused on using cutting edge metabolomics approaches to identify biomarkers contributing to recurrent stroke risk in African Americans. Kelsey is co-mentored by Dr. Keith Keene and Dr. Michael Brewer.

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ables students
Congratulations to Biology Majors Virginia Vasquez-Rios and Morgan Phillips on Receiving National Institutes of Health Diversity in Health-Related Research Awards


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Congratulations to Krista McCoy on Receiving an Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institutes of Health
Dr. Krista A. McCoy was awarded an Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) from the National Institutes of Health. The project will determine the mechanisms through which prenatal supplements can reduce the severity and incidence of, hypospadias, the most common birth defect occurring in boys born in the United States. AREA awards are designed to expose undergraduate and graduate students to hands-on research and strengthen our research environment. This funding will be used to support student research and lead to innovative therapies that will protect developing babies from environmental toxicants.

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