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The Department of Biology offers students the opportunity to study the living world, from biomolecules to ecosystems. Knowledge of biology is critical for addressing current medical, environmental, and social issues in our rapidly changing world.

Department NewsWe are excited to welcome Dr. Daniel Pierce, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Shannon Jones, director of biological instruction.

Faculty Highlights

  • Runyen-Janecky Grant

    Biology professor Laura Runyen-Janecky has received an Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institutes of Health for her project, “Identifying and Characterizing Heme Tolerance Genes in the Tsetse Symbiont Sodalis glossinidius.

  • Lookingbill Grant

    Dr. Todd Lookingbill has received a grant from the National Park Service to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the natural resources at Fort Monroe National Monument and Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument.

  • de Sa Edits New Book

    Dr. Rafael de Sa is a co-editor on a newly released book, Annual Fishes: Life History Strategy, Diversity, and Evolution.

  • Hill Award

    Dr. April Hill received the 2016 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

  • Hill Grant

    Biology professor Malcolm Hill has been awarded a one-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to produce a detailed report on his observations of abnormal levels of bleaching in the Cliona varians sponge, which is typically resilient to environmental stressors.

  • Article in "Structure"

    Dr. Eugene Wu, along with chemistry colleagues Bill Miller III and Carol Parish and Lorena Beese from Duke University, published "The Closing Mechanism of DNA Polymerase I at Atomic Resolution," in the journal Structure.

  • Grayson Research Featured

    Dr. Kristine Grayson's research into the effects of temperature on invasive Gypsy moths was featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

  • Boland Article

    Linda Boland’s lab, in collaboration with researchers at VCU and the University of San Diego has published a peer-reviewed article, “Nature's Mutations Evolved a High Affinity PIP2 Binding Site in Vertebrate Inwardly Rectifying Potassium Channels” in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Boland and her collaborators also submitted the image that was chosen for the cover of the journal.

  • Hilliker Grant

    Dr. Angie Hilliker has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust. The one-year grantwill support her project “Using Next Gen Sequencing to Identify Suppressors of Ded1, an RNA ATPase that Promotes Translation.”

  • Wu Article

    Dr. Carrie Wu published  "Evidence for natural hybridization between native and introduced lineages of Phragmites australis (Poaceae) in the Chesapeake Bay watershed" in the journal American Journal of Botany, with Laura Murray ('15) and Kevin Heffernan (VA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation). Students from the 2011 and 2012 BIOL 199: Biological Invasions course helped collect and prepare samples for the study.

Summer Research: Avery Shannon

Student Awards

Congratulations to this year's departmental award winners:

Junior Achievement Award: Connor Hughes
Junior Research Award: Lauren Szeto
Service Award: Kayla Sherman
Teaching Assistant Award: Avery Shannon
Willi M. Reams Award: Rachel Pearcy
John Neasmith Dickinson Memorial Research Award: Garrett Fundakowski
Robert F. Smart Award: Leslie Marks, Bishan Bhattari, Avery Shannon, Jenci Hawthorne, Amy Li

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Contact Us

Mailing address:
Biology Department, Gottwald Science Center B-100
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8871
Fax: (804) 289-8233

Department Chair: Linda Boland
Administrative Coordinator: Carol Esposito