Research Areas of the Graduate Program in Biology
Graduate researchers in both the Ph.D. and M.S. programs select an area of research concentration that highlights their intended research focus and intellectual pursuit.
Cell and Molecular Biology
Researchers working to understand biological systems at the macromolecular and cellular levels. CMB labs use a diverse array of bacteria, plants, fungi, and animals as model organisms. Researchers collaborate regularly with the Center for Molecular Signaling; Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center; the Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society; and the Interdisciplinary program in Structural and Computational Biophysics.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Researchers working to understand population biology, community ecology, conservation biology, biogeography, life history evolution, molecular evolution, phylogenetics, evolutionary genetics, molecular and Neotropical ecology. EEB research labs work in wide variety of systems and field sites, including the Andes and Amazon Basic, African Savannah, Rocky Mountains, and the Galapagos. Researchers collaborate regularly with WFU’s Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability, and many outside partners.
Researchers using an integrative approach to understand the physiology, behavior, evolution, and ecology of a diversity of organisms. Areas include molecular biology of development, neurobiology, biochemistry and physiology of growth, physiological ecology, and behavioral ecology and evolution. Researchers work in the lab and in remote field sites, and collaborate regularly with the Center for Molecular Signaling; Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center; and the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.