Faculty Research Areas
Biodiversity and Conservation
The great breadth of biodiversity reflects the interrelatedness of entities from genes through species and ecosystems. Our faculty study systematic, evolutionary, and conservation biology in both the field and the lab to better understand Earth's biodiversity and help conserve it.
Thanks to our location in St. Louis, we have many productive research ties to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Our professors here study plant evolutionary biology and population genetics, with a special emphasis on the evolution of pollination systems.
Ecology, the study of the interrelationships between organisms and their environment, is an integral aspect of our department. Four of our professors study this discipline in topics as varied as reproductive ecology, community ecology, and landscape ecology.
Genetics and Molecular Biology
In our cell and molecular division, genetic studies are an important aspect of research. Studies on Drosophila genetics, as well as work on human gene expression, are large components of our professors' research.
Microbiology and Immunology
Molecular Interactions, Signals, and Pathways (Cell Biology)
Research areas in our department include studies of molecular interactions within and among organisms, signal transduction, visual receptor function, and developmental signals.
Professors in our department study physiology at a molecular level to understand amino acid transporters and through applied research on skeletal muscles.