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
Discovering a little-understood cell in mice that opens a world of color
UA's Dr. Jordan Renna is part of a team of scientists whose research findings could aid in developing treatments for human vision disorders and diseases.
Studying nature’s smallest rainbows may inspire new optical technologies
How does the male rainbow peacock spider make its intense rainbow iridescent signal to entice females? The answer has implications for a wide array of fields, including biotechnology.
Biomimicry graduates already working to ensure sustainable future
The University of Akron graduated the first two students in the world with Ph.D.-level training in biomimicry during spring ommencement ceremonies.
Japanese delegation inspired by biomimicry in Northeast Ohio
Japanese delegates visiting Cleveland and Akron through the U.S. Department of State made a visit to UA to learn about the innovative work being done here in biomimicry.
Faculty look to snakes and termites to improve daily life
Meet three UA researchers who are investigating nature to advance society.