Former Student Spotlight

Shannon Mackey

Former Graduate Student, Dr. Shannon Mackey, is highlighted in this month’s Former Student Spotlight.  Dr. Mackey, who earned a PhD. in Microbiology under the guidance of Distinguished Professor Susan Golden, is currently an Associate Professor at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

Interested in applying to our graduate program? You can find more information on our How to Apply page.

Seminar Series


4:00 pm in BSBE 115

Alex Keene
Dept. of Integrative Biology & Neuroscience, Florida Atlantic University
“Genetic and evolutionary dissection in of the sleep-feeding conflict”


Also check out the upcoming seminars for the Spring 2017 semester.

Faculty Spotlight

The Faculty Spotlight features new Assistant Professor Christine Merlin whose research focuses on circadian rhythms using the monarch butterfly as a model organism.

Missed last month’s faculty spotlight? You can find it on our Past Faculty Spotlight Page.

Memorial Symposium


On May 18-19, 2017 the Department will host the Timothy C. Hall Memorial Symposium to recognize and honor Tim’s illustrious career and his enduring scientific legacy.  Invited speakers are some of Tim’s former students and postdocs who have gone on to establish outstanding careers, themselves.  The symposium is sponsored by a generous gift from Dr. Eric Yong Xu ‘93. Check out the symposium schedule for more information about the presenters.

You can find our previous “In the News” Stories on our News Archives page.

Excellence in Education

Our Missions

Dr. Arne Lekven lectures his students on the steps of BSBE.

Teaching the scientists, educators, and health-care professionals of tomorrow

Dr. Xioarong Lin at a microscope.

Research that covers the breadth of biology

Student working at STEM Outreach event

Service at the local, national, and international level