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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
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Molly Albecker and Dr. Mike McCoy Receive NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant
Congratulations to Molly Albecker on receiving a competitive NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant in the Directorate for Biological Sciences! Her award is titled "DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Mechanisms of adaptation to saltwater by an amphibian." Molly is a PhD candidate in the lab of Dr. Michael McCoy in the Biology department.

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Ariane Peralta Selected for the 2017 ECU Coastal Maritime Council Coastal Scholar Award

Congratulations to Dr. Ariane Peralta who was nominated and selected to be this year's awardee for the 2017 Coastal Maritime Council Coastal Scholar Award, based on her demonstrated intellectual merit and broader impacts as a coastal scholar during her time at ECU.

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Beth Thompson Recognized as a 2016-2017 ECU Scholar-Teacher

Congratulations to Beth Thompson who was recognized with an ECU 2016-2017 Scholar-Teacher Award.  The Award Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 20 2017 from 5:00-6:30 pm in the Murphy Center.

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Heather Vance-Chalcraft  Selected to Join NSF-Sponsored BioTAP Scholars Program
Heather Vance-Chalcraft was selected to join a network of faculty across the U.S. working on an NSF-sponsored BioTAP Scholars Program. BioTAP stands for Biology Teaching Assistant Project and it is a network of faculty working together to develop, implement, and report on graduate TA professional development research projects

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New Issa Lab Paper Highlighted in PNAS
A recent article published in the Journal of Neuroscience by Fadi Issa and colleagues discussing two competing neural circuits which determine whether an animal swims or turns tail was highlighted by the Journal Club of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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