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..
Biological Problems for Undergraduate Students Request Sheets
Biology Department News
Scientists unearth ecosystem puzzle piece
In northeast Ohio's "backyard," UA biologists discover plant varieties sprout in moderation as part of worldwide study.
UA partners with land conservancy for Haley’s Run Trail restoration assessment
The University of Akron is partnering with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy to offer hands-on activities to community members at the Haley’s Run Trail BioBlitz and Birthday Bash July 11.
Taking cues from nature to develop colors that do not fade
UA professors analyze the structure of bird feathers to create hues without dye.
UA key player in building NE Ohio biomimicry expertise
Art imitates life. So, too, does nature-inspired design, called biomimicry, an emerging field in which Northeast Ohio and UA are positioned to be global leaders.
Life on Mars?
UA microbiologist Dr. Hazel Barton and a NASA research panel are charged with finding the answer to that oft-asked question.