Our faculty, research scientists, and graduate and undergraduate students are exploring everything from ecosystems to microbiology and developmental biology; evolution to cell biology; molecular biology to systems biology, bioinformatics, and genomics. Together, we explore the breadth of biological questions and experimental systems.
IU research on mutation 'hotspots' in DNA could lead to new insights on cancer risks
"This research gets us closer to understanding how the cell's replication machinery interacts with DNA," said Professor Emerita Patricia Foster. "If you can understand exactly why an error occurs at a particular point on the DNA in bacteria, it gets you closer to understanding the general principles."Read more
IU biologists watch bacteria "harpoon" DNA to speed their evolution
The first direct observation of the "DNA uptake" process could help advance efforts against drug-resistant bacteria.Read more
IU alum awarded biggest prize for early career evolutionary biologists
IU Biology alumna Amanda Kyle Gibson (Ph.D. '16, EEB) receives 2018 Theodosis Dobzhansky Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution.Read more
New undergraduate degree in molecular life sciences
Starting fall semester, we will offer an interdisciplinary B.S. degree in Molecular Life Sciences jointly with the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry.Learn more
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Diversity of expertise + scientific approach
Our faculty are world-class researchers and teachers who share an excitement for the life sciences. The diversity of expertise and scientific approach, combined with our exceptional collegial culture, is what makes IU Biology stand out and has made IU a premiere place for performing research.