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The Department of Biological Sciences is a major hub for life sciences research and teaching at Virginia Tech, with interdisciplinary connections that span the university.  We are home to 55 faculty, 20 postdocs/research scientists, and 90 graduate students.  The department is the largest undergraduate degree-granting unit in the university, with some 350 B.S. degree conferred each year; we also host more than 100 undergraduates in our research labs year-round.  Research expenditures exceed $5M annually across the range of the discipline, specifically in the following focus areas:

• Cell and Molecular Biology
• Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
• Ecology
• Behavioral and Evolutionary Biology
• Molecular Microbiology
• Neuroscience, Cancer Biology, and Cardiology

We invite you to explore our web site to learn more about current happenings, opportunities for undergraduate and graduate training, and special achievements of our faculty, staff, current students, and our 9000+ living alumni!


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Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 26, 2015: EEB Seminar by Paul Heideman of William and Mary, entitled, "Normal genetic variation in neurons and hormones of reproduction: Variation in wild mice as a model for wild humans," 3:30 p.m., Derring 4069

Friday, February 27, 2015: VTLS Seminar by David Mosser of the University of Maryland, entitled, "Macrophage regulation of immune/inflammatory responses," 12:20 p.m., VBI Conference Center

EEB Seminar Schedule

VTLS Seminar Schedule