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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.

Biology Feature Stories

  • Wu Recognized

    Carrie Wu, associate professor of biology, received the 2020 Distinguished Educator Award for outstanding contributions to excellence in education.

  • Quintero Recognized

    Omar Quintero, associate professor of biology, was named one of “100 Inspiring Hispanic/Lantinx Scientists in America” by Cell Mentor.

  • Grayson Awarded

    Kristine Grayson, associate professor of biology, has been awarded $97,272 from the United States Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to fund a second year of her project, Research and Development on a Rearing System for Emerald Ash Borer.

  • Grayson Awarded

    Kristine L. Grayson, associate professor of biology, has been awarded $28,660 in supplemental funding from the National Science Foundation for, Collaborative Research: RUI: Linking thermal tolerance to invasion dynamics: Climate and physiological capacity as regulators of geographical spread.

  • Pierce Awarded

    B. Daniel Pierce, assistant professor of biology, received a $104,500 award from the Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust for his research project, Determining the Precise Molecular Interactions Between Plant Phenols and the Agrobacterium Receptor VirA.

  • Grayson Awarded

    Kristine L. Grayson, associate professor of biology, was awarded $104,500 from the Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust for her research project, Forecasting the Spread of an Invasive Forest Pest.

  • Quintero Published

    Omar A. Quintero, associate professor of biology, published the chapter "Myosin XIX" in the recently published book, Myosins, 2nd edition (Springer) edited by Lynn Collucio. His co-authors included Jennifer L. Bocanegra, a post-baccalaureate researcher from his research group at UR.

  • Wu and Nolin Published

    Carrie Wu, associate professor of biology, Kristine Nolin, associate professor of chemistry, and three UR students/alums (Sofia Bustamante Eguiguren, Ha An Nguyen, and Lexi Caldwell) published “Convergence of glandular trichome morphology and chemistry in two montane monkeyflower (Mimulus, Phrymaceae) species” in Flora.

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Biology Department, Gottwald Science Center B-100
138 UR Drive
University of Richmond, VA 23173

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

Department Chair: Krista Stenger
Administrative Coordinator: Carol Esposito
Administrative Coordinator, Pre-Health and Integrative Science: Deatrice Cleaton

Biology feature story

Dr. Carrie Wu, Dr. Kristine Nolin, and three UR students have published "Convergence of glandular trichome morphology and chemistry in two montane monkeyflower (Mimulus, Phrymaceae) species” in the journal Flora.

Bustamante Eguiguren S, H Nguyen, A Caldwell, KA Nolin, and CA Wu. 2020. Convergence of glandular trichome morphology and chemistry in two montane monkeyflower (Mimulus, Phrymaceae) species.  Flora 265: 151567.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0367253020300311

2019 Student Award Winners

Congratulations to the following student award winners:

Dickinson Award: Sofia Bustamante, Anthony Isenhour
Smart Award: Jasmine Feng, Katrina Kuhn, Jennifer Piciw, Jonathan Huang