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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Several Faculty Recognized During Founders Day Awards and University Celebration

More Biology Awards: Jean Luc Scemama - Advising;  Heather Vance Chalcraft - Creed (responsibility), Dave Kimmel - UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching.

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Ginger Grimes

Biology’s Ginger Grimes Wins Campus-Wide First Mate Award!

Ginger works with more than 1,000 students taking biology and biochemistry classes each semester and is famous for her welcoming manner and positive attitude.

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Claudia Jolls

Dr. Claudia Jolls wins ASB Meritorious Teaching Award and Honors College Mentor Award

Dr. Claudia L. Jolls of the Biology Department was the recipient of the Meritorious Teaching Award at the Association of Southeastern Biologists 77th Annual Meeting in Concord, NC. She was one of two faculty members that received the Honors College Mentor Award.

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biology interns

Biology Student Interns Mentor Local K-12 Youth in Science Education

Student interns from the Biology Department are mentoring K-12 students at several area schools in a variety of STEM activities. The student internships are supported by a grant awarded to three faculty members from the Biodiversity Initiative in East Carolina University's Department of Biology, Drs. Heather Vance-Chalcraft, Carol Goodwillie and David Chalcraft.   

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NSF awards

Four ECU Biology Students win Prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Four Biology students, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology MS student Gina Bledsoe (advised by Ariane Peralta), IDPBS students Chris Cohen and Jeff Cole (advised by Michael Brewer), and Joseph Paul (an undergraduate in Yiping Qi's lab), were awarded one of the most prestigious fellowships available to US STEM graduate students, an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. 

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