Research projects are a big part of the activity in the Department of Biology. Faculty and student research spans from molecules, cells, organisms and their interactions with the environment. Take a look at some of the projects that our graduate students are working on right now. Learn more..
Research Spotlight: Biology
Researchers Explain Spider Web Stickiness
Todd Blackledge, Department of Biology (far left in photo), and a team of UA researchers have recently unraveled the mysteries behind the glue spiders use to spin their webs.
This path breaking illustration of knowledge production will have a powerful impact on the development of future bio-adhesives, result in multiple commercial applications, and marks another achievement in a field where UA is taking a leadership role in collaboration with regional partners and the medical community.
The research, “Viscoelastic Solids Explain Spider Web Stickiness,” will appear in Nature Communications (May, 2010). Learn More
There are many opportunities for undergraduates, graduates and faculty to advance and share their understanding of biology. We have several colloquia and reading groups that meet regularly during each semester. Learn more..
Biology Department News
This future doctor to focus on patients of four-legged variety
Rachel Rielinger is on her way to becoming making her dream of becoming a veterinarian a reality — thanks to an Akron Experience that included undergraduate research opportunities.
Akron researcher receives federal funding to help save North America bats from extinction
UA's Dr. Hazel Barton is among the researchers being awarded $1.8 million in grants by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for her work on the management of white-nose syndrome, a fungal infection decimating the North American bat population.
Stephen McNulty: Finds his calling is in medicine
After traveling the world as a photographer, this biolgy major plans to add M.D. to his name. He is one of the students chosen to speak on behalf of the graduating class at spring commencement ceremonies.
Bumpy eggshells thwart bacteria
Akron scientists say Australian brush-turkey eggs inspire ideas for germ-resistant coatings.
New discovery finds missing hormone in birds
A finding by Akron researchers, led by biology professor R. Joel Duff, may offer insight into the mystery behind birds’ lengthy migrations and winter fasts.