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Leading-edge research + specialized training

We are a large unified department conducting world-class research spanning the breadth of biological questions and experimental systems — from ecosystems to nanobiology, from evolution to cell and molecular biology to systems biology and bioinformatics.

Our graduate programs offer opportunities for cutting-edge research training in key areas of behavior, biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, ecology, evo-devo, evolution, genetics, genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, and plant biology. In Biology, you will have the opportunity to become superb researchers in their chosen area of specialization. You will learn how to plan and critically analyze scientific research, give seminars, write high-quality research papers, and get grants funded. Our degree programs are designed to allow maximum intellectual development and training for a multitude of future careers, from university-level research and teaching, to the biotechnology industry, to non-profit environmental work.

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Faculty expertise

Our faculty are respected leaders in their fields. The diversity of expertise and scientific approach represented in our 60+ faculty, combined with an exceptional collegial culture, is what makes IU Biology stand out and has made IU a premiere place for performing research. You will study and work alongside award-winning researchers and teachers—our faculty include members of the National Academy of Sciences, Guggenheim Fellows, American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows, and more.

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A commitment to investing in the sciences

Indiana University and the state of Indiana are undertaking key initiatives in the life sciences. The Biology department is in an exciting period of growth, including recruitment of many new faculty researchers. A major new research building adjacent to the current biology buildings opened in 2008, completing a major science corridor including biology, biochemistry and structural biology, medical sciences, chemistry, and physics.

front entrance of Simon Hall
Simon Hall