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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

  • 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.

  • 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.”

Summer Research: Avery Shannon

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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