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..
Biological Problems for Undergraduate Students Request Sheets
Biology Department News
Is spider silk stronger than steel? Biologist disentangles fact from fiction on ‘Mythbusters Jr. ’
Biology professor Dr. Todd Blackledge and several students gathered nearly 10 miles of silk from 40 golden silk orb-weaver spiders for some on-camera myth-busting on the Science Channel show.
Biology professor elected Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology
Dr. Hazel Barton joins the more than 2,400 worldwide leaders in the microbial sciences who work in basic and applied research, teaching, public health, industry and government services.
Skeleton keys: Scientist to study effects of opioid addiction on bones
The National Institute of Justice awarded a grant to Dr. Janna M. Andronowski, a forensic anthropologist, to research the effects of one of the costliest and fastest-growing epidemics in U.S.
Eight ways we made the world a better place in 2018
University of Akron faculty and students used their knowledge and talents im many ways this year to improve lives locally, regionally and around the world.
Researcher to reveal energy-saving ‘Living Wall System’ at Bath Nature Preserve
The living, breathing and perspiring wall system starts with ceramic tiles, pictured at left. You can see it Oct. 30 at our Biology and Field Station at the Bath Nature Preserve.