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

Victoria Hardy

Graduate Student Victoria Hardy Wins Back-to-Back Awards at Two Regional Meetings

Victoria Hardy, a MS student in Dr. Ables' lab, won back-to-back awards for her thesis work at two regional meetings - the Best Graduate Student Talk award at the Triangle Fly Symposium, and the Best Graduate Student Poster award at the Mid-Atlantic Society for Developmental Biology meeting.

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ECU’s Waveglider "Blackbeard" Featured on UNC-TV

ECU’s wave glider, “an ocean-going science robot” named Blackbeard was featured on “NC Now” on UNC-TV. The story can viewed here.

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Chris Balakrishnan

Assistant Professor Chris Balakrishnan is the 2016 Recipient of the THCAS Dean’s Early Career Award

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Chris Balakrishnan, the 2016 Recipient of the THCAS Dean’s Early Career Award.

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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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