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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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August 4, 2014
Research by UI Biologists could lead to development of new cancer therapies

DNA mutations—long known to fuel cancer as well as evolutionary changes in a living organism—had been thought to be rare events that occur randomly throughout the genome.

However, recent studies have shown that cancer development frequently involves the formation of multiple mutations that arise simultaneously and in close proximity to each other. These groups of clustered mutations are frequently found in regions where chromosomal rearrangements take place.

The discovery, published in the journal Cell Reports, may one day lead to new cancer therapies, according to a University of Iowa biologist and her colleagues, and a group of researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences led by Senior Associate Scientist Dmitry Gordenin.

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Biology Seminars
Upcoming seminars from the Biology Department
  • October 31, 2014 - 12:30 PM
  • 106 BBE
  • Chris Rice
  • University of Iowa
  • "The jack of all trades is master of none: A pathogens' ability to infect a greater number of host genotypes comes at a cost of delayed reproduction"
  • October 31, 2014 - 4:00 PM
  • Kollros Auditorium, 101 Biology Building East
  • Dr. John Renger
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme
  • "The discovery and development of the dual orexin receptor antagonist Belsomra (suvorexant)."
  • November 3, 2014 - 4:00 PM
  • Kollros Auditorium (101 BBE)
  • Xinguo Lu and Chris Youngstrom
  • University of Iowa
  • Dept of Biology presents Graduate Students: Xinguo Lu and Chris Youngstrom
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