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
Studying "Obese" Whales to Understand Human Obesity
How do mammals get fat and stay fat? Specifically, how do whales do it? That’s what researchers in UA Biology are trying to finout out. To do so, Hope Ball, a PhD student in the Integrated Biosciences program is looking at tiny protein called leptin that’s involved in how the body regulates how much it eats and how much energy it burns. The goal for mammals is typically to find a balance between food intake and energy burn. Whales, and other obese mammals, have found a way to build large fat stores despite this balance but rather than being obese they appear to be healthy and happy as fat mammals. 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
UA key player in building NE Ohio biomimicry expertise
Art imitates life. So, too, does nature-inspired design, called biomimicry. Learn more when Peter Niewiarowski, an evolutionary biologist at UA, takes part in a panel discussion at the Akron Roundtable Nov. 19.
Life on Mars?
UA microbiologist Dr. Hazel Barton and a NASA research panel are charged with finding the answer to that oft-asked question.
Soccer pro honed skills in class and on the pitch at UA
Meet Kofi Sarkodie. He was a part of the 2010 soccer team that won UA's first national team title. While he plays for the Houston Dynamo, he's working to finish his biology degree. And he's grateful for his Akron Experience.
How bird eggs get their bling
University of Akron researchers discover the mystery behind brilliantly colored eggshell sheen.
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.