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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. We look forward to hearing from you!

Biology News
Baohong Zhang
Baohong Zhang Receives ECU Lifetime Achievement for Research & Creative Activity Award!

More accolades to Baohong, who received a Lifetime Achievement for Research and Creative Activity Award from ECU. Congratulations! This award is given annually to ECU's best and brightest researchers and inventors. 


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Dr. Baohong Zhang Named an AAAS Fellow!
Congratulations to Baohong, who was named a fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Baohong is the third fellow selected from ECU, and the first from the Department of Biology.

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3 Minute Thesis Competition
Biology Threepeat! Biology wins the 3 Minute Thesis Departmental Cup for the Third Time!
Congratulations to all graduate students who participated in the 3MT thesis competition. Thanks to their efforts, Biology won the Department Cup for the third year in a row. Emory Wellman was the Grand Champion, and will represent ECU Biology at the National Championship, while Robert Driver won the People's Choice award.

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Mikayla Johnson Conducts Research in Dr. Summers' Lab

During the summer, Mikayla Johnson was an undergraduate student researcher in the lab of Dr. Kyle Summers. Through a project supported by the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, Johnson took part in an ongoing study of evolution, husbandry and Müllerian mimicry in different species of Peruvian frogs.

You can see a video of her in action in the lab here.

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Biology Welcomes Cindy Putnam-Evans as our New Chair!
THCAS Associate Dean of Research Cindy Putnam-Evans has been appointed (interim) Chair of the Department of Biology following Jeff McKinnon’s move to the faculty after 10 years of service. A national search for a permanent Chair will begin shortly.

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