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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.

Faculty Highlights

  • Hilliker Article

    Dr. Angie Hilliker, Audrey Kindsfather, '15, and colleagues from Case Western University published "Coupling between the DEAD-box RNA helicases Ded1p and eIF4A" in eLife.

  • Grayson Grant

    Dr. Kristine Grayson received a grant from the The Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust to continue her research on the ecological impacts of the invasive European gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar).

  • Quintero Grant

    Dr. Omar Quintero has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health – National Institute for General Medical Services to study Myosin XIX, a motor protein involved in mitochondrial transport.

  • Quintero Lab Articles Dr. Omar Quintero, along with colleague Christie Davis and several undergraduate researchers, has published two articles in the latest issue of Cytoskeleton. Their photo was also selected for the cover of the issue.
  • 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.

  • Wu Grant

    Dr. Carrie Wu (biology) has been awarded a grant from the Virginia Native Plant Society to study the ecology and population dynamics of wavyleaf basketgrass, which has the potential to become a widespread invasive species in North America.

  • 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.

  • Hill Award

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

  • 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.

New Course: Field Ecology

The biology department is pleased to announce a new course on field ecology that will be taught for the first time in spring 2017 by Drs. Grayson and Treonis.

This course is designed for students with a strong interest in ecology and outdoor field work and includes a spring break research trip to Belize at no additional student cost. 

Read the attached flyer for course details, and if interested, submit your application by October 3.

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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: April Hill
Administrative Coordinator: Carol Esposito