KU Biology is home to over 200 research scientists and graduate students, representing deep expertise and diverse interests in the life sciences. Our 75+ faculty members are affiliated with two departments: the Department of Molecular Biosciences and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Mentoring and collaborating with undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers we study living systems at levels ranging from the biochemical to the biosphere. Developing the next generation of research professionals is central to our mission; our graduate students are well funded, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and present at prestigious national and international conferences, and our graduates advance to successful careers in academia, government agencies, and industry.
Department of Molecular Biosciences
In the Department of Molecular Biosciences, our research strengths include the structure and function of biomolecules, and the cellular and genetic control of development and disease. We explore these, and related biomedical problems in a range of systems, including microorganisms, model systems (Drosophila, C. elegans, mice), and humans. Details of our graduate programs, curriculum, and potential graduate mentors can be found on our website.
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
In the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, our research encompasses three major themes: Biodiversity and Macroevolution, Ecology and Global Change Biology, and Evolutionary Mechanisms. We study individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems; we enable prediction about the effects of future climates and we reconstruct evolutionary history; we use state-of-the-art equipment and analyses to detail the patterns and processes of organismal development and of evolutionary change. More specific information about the diverse research taking place in EEB is available on our website, as well as more information about EEB’s graduate program.