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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
Bruce Panneton
Biology Alumnus in the Spotlight

BRUCE PANNETON (BS Biology ’96, MS Biology ’02 with Professor Hal J. Daniel, III) is now Dean of Health Sciences and Public Safety at Edgecombe Community College, NC. Bruce is former chair of the Science Department at ECC and received the ECC Keihin Endowed Faculty Chair in 2009 which rewards excellence in teaching.

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Katie Schroeder
MS Student Katie Schroeder Receives a Student Award at the 2017 American Ornithology Society Meeting

Congratulations to MS student Katie Schroeder (Dr. McRae), who received a Student Presentation award for her oral presentation "Vocalizations in a non-passerine: what can call structure tell us about an individual king rail?"

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Dr. John Stiller and Colleagues Provide Significant Insights on the Evolution of a Eukaryotic Alga

Congratulations to John Stiller and colleagues on their recently published article 'Insights into a Eukaryotic Alga.' This significant publication explored the genome of Porphyra umbilicalis and reveals the method by which it thrives in the intertidal zone.

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Erin Field
Dr. Erin Field Receives Powe Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Congratulations to Erin Field on receiving a 2017-2018 Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities!

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Jamie Vernon
Biology Alumnus Jamie Vernon Named Sigma Xi Executive Director, CEO

Dr. Jamie Vernon, who completed his MS in Molecular Biology/Biotechnology at ECU, has been selected as the executive director and CEO of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society. His appointment will begin on July 1, 2017. 

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