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Weiner Lab - Section through the brain of a mouse expressing a green fluorescent protein transgene in selected neurons.
The Department of Biology investigates a wide range of research questions across the vast disciplines of the biological sciences. Our interdisciplinary faculty have research interests in areas ranging from single cells to entire systems and questions ranging from why we need sex to the origin of diseases at the cellular level. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our outstanding faculty and their research.

As a research department in an academic institution the teaching of future scientists is, and has always been one of our priorities. Our graduate research program trains scientists for careers in academia, industry and government. Our undergraduate students gain a firm foundation in modern biological sciences to prepare them for a multitude of careers that depend on a solid understanding of biology. All students have an opportunity to participate in research areas through our graduate and undergraduate programs. Welcome to Biology!
Weiner Lab - Section through the brain of a mouse expressing a green fluorescent protein transgene in selected neurons. Weiner Lab - Mouse choroid plexus, stained for gamma-protocadherins (green), tight junctions (red) and blood vessels (blue), imaged using whole-mount confocal microscopy. Forbes Lab - Parasitoid wasp in genus Pteromalus. Forbes Lab - Crab spider eating an Apple Maggot larva. Forbes Lab - Parasitoid wasp Macroneura vesicularis. Stipp Lab - Disorganized cell-cell junctions in breast carcinoma cells. Dailey Lab - GFP+ Microglia & YFP+ Neurons in P12 mouse hippocampus. Dailey Lab - GFP+ Microglia & YFP+ Neurons in P12 mouse neocortex. McAllister Lab - All female brood of Drosophila borealis infected with male-killing Wolbachia. Fritzsch Lab - 3D reconstruction of the wildtype and Pax2-cre::Atoh1f/f conditional null mouse to reveal the loss of the organ of Corti (red), similar length of basilar membrane (yellow) and loss of spiral ganglion neurons (orange). Fritzsch Lab - Afferent fiber labeling (red) and PLP-EGFP (green) in a wildtype (left) and ErbB2 null mutant (right). Phillips Lab - Stem cell polarity and asymmetric cell division is flipped in Axin mutant cells (bottom) compared to wild-type (top). Slusarski Lab - Zebrafish with EGFP expressed in cranial facial cartilage. Slusarski Lab - Section of adult zebrafish heart demonstrating wnt5 expression. Neiman Lab - Asexual female Potamopyrgus antipodarum used to study why sex is so common. Image provided by Bart Zijlstra. Neiman Lab - Collecting members of our snail study system from a New Zealand lake. Neiman Lab - Asexual female Potamopyrgus antipodarum used to study why sex is so common. Image provided by Bart Zijlstra. Hendrix Lab - Svastra spp. gathering pollen from Ratibida pinnata. Hendrix Lab - Halicitid bee gathering pollen on cactus. Cheng Lab - A cordate gametophyte generated directly from a sporophyte leaf bypassing meiosis.
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The Department of Biology investigates a wide range of research questions across the vast disciplines of the biological sciences. Our interdisciplinary faculty have research interests in areas ranging from single cells to entire systems and questions ranging from why we need sex to the origin of diseases at the cellular level. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our outstanding faculty and their research.

As a research department in an academic institution the teaching of future scientists is, and has always been one of our priorities. Our graduate research program trains scientists for careers in academia, industry and government. Our undergraduate students gain a firm foundation in modern biological sciences to prepare them for a multitude of careers that depend on a solid understanding of biology. All students have an opportunity to participate in research areas through our graduate and undergraduate programs. Welcome to Biology!

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April 16, 2014
Researchers track down cause of eye mobility disorder

Imagine you cannot move your eyes up, and you cannot lift your upper eyelid. You walk through life with your head tilted upward so that your eyes look straight when they are rolled down in the eye socket. Obviously, such a condition should be corrected to allow people a normal position of their head. In order to correct this condition, one would need to understand why this happens.

In a paper published in the April 16 print issue of the journal Neuron, University of Iowa researchers Bernd Fritzsch and Jeremy Duncan and their colleagues at Harvard Medical School, along with investigator and corresponding author Elizabeth Engle, describe how their studies on mutated mice mimic human mutations.

It all started when Engle, a researcher at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and Fritzsch, professor and departmental executive officer in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Biology, began their interaction on the stimulation of eye muscles by their nerves, or “innervation,” around 20 years ago.

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