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Welcome to the Department of Biology

The Department of Biology at the University of Oregon offers expertise and research opportunities in a wide range of disciplines including neuroscience, genetics, cell and developmental biology, evolution, ecology, and marine biology. Our undergraduate curriculum provides an introductory overview into each of these areas and provides the opportunity for advanced training and specialization in particular areas through course work and research experience.

The research activities of the department are centered in four separate research institutes, found in the menu above. These Institutes bring faculty from Biology and other departments with biological interests into contiguous lab space. Interested graduate applicants should view each Institute’s web site for an overview of the kind of research conducted, and to contact particular faculty. The University supports interdepartmental connections among Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, and Human Physiology.

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Biologist, John Postlethwait, Recipient of George W. Beadle Award

John Postlethwait is recognized for his outstanding contributions to genetics.  The Genetics Society of America has selected Dr. Postlethwait for prestigious award named for Nobel laureate and geneticist.

Genetics Society of America news release

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