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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 Shannon Jones, director of biological instruction.

Faculty Highlights

  • 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.

  • de Sa Paper Citations

    Rafael de Sa's paper, “The amphibian tree of life,” published in the Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, is listed as a “Highly Cited Paper” in the Web of Science research database. Since the paper’s publication in 2006, it has been cited 1,033 times and is the most highly cited paper to date from anyone at UR in the WoS databases.

  • New Article

    Dr. Jory Brinkerhoff published an article about his research on Lyme Disease in the state of Virginia in the October issue of the CDC's journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases.

  • New Article

    Dr. Peter Smallwood and colleagues published "Do scatter-hoarders trade off increased predation risks for lower rates of cache pilferage?" in the journal Behavioral Ecology.

  • New Article

    Dr. Eugene Wu and colleagues have published "A Conservative Isoleucine to Leucine Mutation Causes Major Rearrangements and Cold Sensitivity in KlenTaq1 DNA Polymerase" in the journal Biochemistry. Several recently-graduated University of Richmond undergraduate students are co-authors on this work.

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 Percy
John Neasmith Dickinson Memorial Research Award: Garrett Fundakowski
Robert F. Smart Award: Leslie Marks, Bishon 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