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

Chris Anderson

New Paper by Incoming PhD Student on Mosquitofish Genital Evolution Gets Extensive Online Coverage

Chris Anderson, an incoming Ph.D. student joining Dr. Jeff McKinnon's lab, has received extensive online coverage for a new paper published in Evolution (Early View, August 26 2015) on the origins of female genital diversity.

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Shark of Holden Beach

Distinguished Professor Roger Rulifson and CRM student Chuck Bangley Quoted Widely on Shark Attack Spike

The recent spike in shark attacks along the coast of North Carolina has resulted in the media and public looking to ECU shark biologists Dr. Roger Rulifson and CRM student Chuck Bangley for answers. They have been quoted in articles published from the local Daily Reflector to AsiaOne in Singapore!


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Balakrishnan Lab Funding Success Continues

Dr. Chris Balakrishnan and his lab continue to be successful in securing research funding, recently receiving $390,000 from the National Science Foundation to study brain development in the African pin-tailed whydah bird.

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Ardon Early Career Award

Dr. Marcelo Ardon is a Recipient of the Inagural Early Career Award

Dr. Marcelo Ardon-Sayao was one of two assistant professors at East Carolina University to receive the inagural Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Early Career Award, announced Friday, May 15, at a special reception.

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Faten Taki Receives 2105 Sigma Xi Helms Award

Faten Taki, an IDPBS Ph.D. candidate, is the recipient of the 2015 ECU Sigma Xi Chapter Student Helms Award. She was honored for her work showing the sensitivity of the post-embryonic stage to drugs of abuse like nicotine and its impact on subsequent generations.

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