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..
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.