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Student's portrait on website home page May 2022: Congratulations to Biology Graduate Student, Alyssa Cooper who won the Audience Choice award at the CSU Grand Slam Competition last week! Excellent Job, Alyssa! More Information: Student Achievement Page
Isahar standing next to his poster May 2022: Congratulations to Biology major Isahar "Isa" Guerrero Diaz, for winning Best Poster at the Science Symposium event during the SSU Week of Research and Creativity! Isa's poster title is "Sudden Oak Death: California Bay Laurel Symptom Trials by Fire and Earth”.  Way to go, Isa! More Information: Student Achievement page
Portrait photo of student Christian Q May 2022: Biology student, Christian Quintero, has won the CSUPERB President's Scholar Award for his project, "Chromosome organization of Bloom’s Syndrome cells"! This is the first time an SSU Biology student has won this prestigious award - Congratulations, Christian! More Information: Student Achievement Page
April 2022: Congratulations to Bio Grad student Zane Cooper, taking 1st place in the SSU Grand Slam Competition for his presentation "Examining the effects of tree structure on wildfire using voxelized terrestrial remote sensing data and computational fluid dynamics fire modeling"! Zane will go onto the CSU Grand Slam Competition on May 6th. Way to go, Zane!  More Information: Student Achievement Page
April 2022: The Dept. of Biology is proud to announce Grad student Alyssa Cooper who took 2nd prize in the SSU Grand Slam Competition for her presentation "Food Fight! Prey Competition between Two Important Marine Predators". Alyssa is headed to the CSU Grand Slam competition on May 6th! Well done, Alyssa!  More Information: Student Achievement Page
April 2022: Congratulations to Biology sophomore Belle Ehrmantraut! Her poster, "Degradation of Polylactic Acid Bioplastic by a Thermophilic Microbial Consortium" won the Ongaro Green Science Grand Prize award at the SSU's Week of Research and Creativity - Science Symposium! Way to go Belle!  More Information: Student Achievement Page
Elliott Defending His Thesis April 2022: Congratulations to Biology Grad Student, Elliott Smeds, who successfully defended his Masters Thesis today - the first in-person Thesis Defense in over two years! Well done, Elliott!  More Information: Student Achievement Page
Screenshot of Conference Home Page with A. Cooper's pic on the left March 2022: Congratulations to Biology Grad Student Alyssa Cooper, who recently won the Heinle Award for Best Overall Graduate Student Presentation at the PERS conference this month! Way to go, Alyssa!
Woman looking through microscope March 2022: Biology major Belle Ehrmantraut was accepted into the 2022 UCSF Summer Research Training Program, a 10-week research experience that in addition to work in the lab offers community building activities, professional development sessions, and networking opportunities. Congratulations Belle!
Professor crouching down near bottom of a tree, looking up and smiling January 2022: The Biology Dept is proud to announce that Dr. Lisa Bentley has received a $1.1 Million grant from NSF to study the effects of wildfires on forest health and to develop educational outreach activities! This specific NSF grant is awarded to a faculty member early in their career, and marks the first time an SSU faculty member has won this prestigious award. CONGRATULATIONS DR. BENTLEY!

Welcome to the Department of Biology!

The Department of Biology offers a dynamic learning environment, exciting research and training opportunities and intensive mentoring of students at all levels. Our faculty are not only dedicated educators but also active scholars who engage in primary research to address diverse topics in the biological sciences.

The overall mission of our undergraduate and graduate programs is to educate the next generation of scholars, professionals and citizens so that they are prepared to meet the biological, environmental and technological challenges of the future.

Areas of educational and research activities include ecology, conservation and evolutionary biology, genetics, molecular and cell biology, and physiology.

Please feel free to contact any of the department faculty or staff if you have questions about our programs.

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Photo Credit: Kandis Gilmore, David Hua, Lisa Hua, Mackenzie Zippay

 

All of the photos on this site were taken by the following faculty, staff, students and friends: Gaby Arango, Lisa Bentley, Brennan Chin, Michael Cohen, Christina Collins, Abbey Dias, Belle Ehrmantraut, Megan Gaitan, Julieta Gomez, Rosemary Galten, Kandis Gilmore, Julia Graham, Shannon Healy, David Hua, Lisa Hua, Fran Keller, Shannon Lee, Joseph Lin, Aurora Martinez Ricart, Dena Peacock, Alessandra Phelan-Roberts, Nathan Rank, and Mackenzie Zippay. Contact the Biology Dept. webbuilder if you need more information. 04-30-22