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
Faculty Research Spotlight: Dr. Henry Astley
We asked the Biology Department's newest professor, Dr. Astley, a couple of questions about his research. Check out his responses!
- Describe your research.
My research focuses on the biomechanics of animal locomotion, at the intersection between biology and physics. In order to move through their environment, animals must use physiological processes to generate force, transmit this force via the musculoskeletal system and morphology, and control it via the nervous system, all while navigating through sometimes mechanically complex and heterogeneous environments. I use a variety of systems to study these principles, including snakes, frogs, and early tetrapods. [Read 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..
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Biology Department News
First Steps: Biomimicry professor awarded NSF EAGER grant to study mechanics of underwater walking
Dr. Henry Astley, who studies the biomechanics of animal movement across unstructured terrain, has been awarded a $297,267 National Science Foundation grant.
Biomimicry certificate for undergraduate students launches at University of Akron
The 15-credit interdisciplinary program is open to undergraduate students of any major.
Super speedy spider hurls itself at prey using web as slingshot
Until recently, we thought only humans stored energy outside their body in an external tool. Turns out, the survival of the tiny triangle weaver spider depends on this ability.
Ph.D. student has close eye on research, fellowship
Katelyn Sondereker received a research grant and fellowship award for her work in analyzing cells in the human eyeball.
Three of UA's own honored for strides in STEM fields
Among the 29 honorees chosen by Crain’s for its “Notable Women in STEM” issue are three professors in biology, engineering and education at UA.