BIOLOGY DEGREES AT UA
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BIOLOGY WORK OPPORTUNITIES
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UNDERGRADUATE BIOLOGY RESEARCH IN FACULTY LABS
The Jordan Renna Lab is currently exploring a visual neuroscience Research Program. More specifically, the mechanisms of neural circuit maturation, focusing specifically on a unique class of neurons (melanopsin ganglion cells) that connect the eye to the brain during early postnatal development.
Dr. Jordan Renna and his team, including undergraduate students work together to find a project that both interests the student while at the same time moves the lab in a common direction. Dr. Renna is also an academic adviser who values course-career congruency. Dr. Renna says, "my goal is to train students not only how to think like a scientist, but also to have every student leave my lab with a technical skill set that makes them highly desirable as they seek to continue their career".
BIOLOGY DEGREE & CAREER PATHS
UA’s Biology Department is diverse and vibrant with an array of biology courses to support varied interests for our two undergraduate degree programs, Master's program and Integrated Bioscience Ph.D. We have 16 tenure-track faculty, with interests ranging from neurobiology to pregnancy to plant/animal interactions.
Our engaging bachelor's of science program offers over 75 undergraduate classes encompassing medicine, microbiology, physiology, zoology and ecology. Biology is a hands-on discipline, and our courses are reflective of our commitment to field and laboratory experiences. Many of our classes have laboratory components, including many field courses. Additionally, we offer summer biology courses to the Bahamas, Virginia Beach, and Maine for marine biology classes. All of our biology programs allow for excellent research opportunities including the tiered mentoring program.
See what some of our recent undergraduate students are doing:
Combating antibiotic resistance through cave exploration.
Students in the Londraville lab pursue questions about how fat metabolism has evolved in vertebrates.
GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Katelyn Sondereker
Katelyn Sondereker is an aspiring Retinal Neuroscientist whose research involves the study of melanopsin ganglion cells in the mouse retina. In particular, she is teasing out the morphology and functionality of a cone-to-melanopsin ganglion cell connection that has never before been studied. She is an accomplished confocal and multi-photon microscopist who is currently doing ex vivo retinal calcium imaging to study this unique circuit.
Katelyn's research also involves printing 3D neurons for educational purposes, as she has an affection for anatomy and for teaching others complex scientific principles. Recently, she has become involved with glaucoma research, and she hopes her findings will continue to propel vision research forward.