About the Department
Assistant Professor Julia Dallman, along with her former post-doc Lisa Ganser, graduate students Qing Yan and Rob Kozol, and collaborators, publish a paper on human startle disease genes in Neurobiology of Disease.More Information
Kevin G. McCracken appointed as the inaugural Kushlan Chair in Waterbird Biology & Conservation. He joins the Department of Biology and RSMAS in January 2014.More Information
Graduate Student Andrea Westerband (Horvitz Lab) receives a grant from the Vaughn-Jordan Foundation for her work on plasticity of shade tolerance in neotropical herbs.More Information
Graduate student Jason Sardell (Uy lab) receives a prestigious grant from the Society of Systematic Biology for his work on hybridization in honey-eaters of the Solomon IslandsMore Information
Former graduate student Jane Indorf and Professor Mike Gaines publish a paper on the evolutionary history of marsh rice rats of the Florida Keys in the Journal of Mammalogy.
Photo by: RK LaVal and the Mammal Image Library of the American Society of MammalogistsMore Information
Postdoc Jaime Chaves & graduate student José Hidalgo (both in the Uy lab) publish a paper on the evolutionary history of a genus of Neotropical birds in the Journal of BiogeographyMore Information
Maytag Professor Bill Searcy and his lab group publish two papers on the role of soft song in Song Sparrows in the journals Animal Behaviour and BehaviourMore Information
A team led by Professor Akira Chiba developed a powerful method for live imaging of multicolor-labeled cells. This cutting-edge method is described in a recent paper in the journal Development.More Information
Nate Dappen (postdoc in the Uy Lab and former graduate student in the Gaines Lab) & Neil Losin (postdoc in the Uy Lab), along with collaborator Valentin Perez-Mellado, release a new book about the Ibiza Wall Lizard – The Symbol: Wall Lizards of Ibiza and FormenteraMore Information
The Wikramanayake lab has received a 5-year grant from NSF to investigate the role of the evolutionarily conserved Wnt signaling pathway in regulating the development and evolution of animal embryosMore Information
Announcing two expected tenure-track positions in the Department of Biology: Neuroscience & Evolutionary Systems BiologyMore Information
Unique Study Abroad Opportunities for Undergraduate Students!!
New Program: B.S./M.S. in Biology
The Department of Biology proudly announces a new program where students can concurrently earn their BS and MS degrees in Biology in a five-year program. The degree requirements for the BS degree are unchanged, and the MS is a research intensive degree to be completed during the Senior year and one additional year.
University of Miami Biology Department
We are an integrative biology department that cultivates interactions that traverse traditional interdisciplinary boundaries. We actively recruit scientists who delight in spanning spatial, temporal and complexity scales from molecular to cellular to organismal to population to ecosystem, using the most powerful approaches to address Biology’s most pressing questions. We pursue research and teaching in four overarching and interactive programs, each focused on issues central to Biology and addressing challenges faced by humanity.
We ask how the nervous system and behavior develop and are maintained, using a gamut of experimental and analytical approaches from molecular and cellular to the complex interplay between cells, tissues and behavior. Our analyses reveal how organisms sense their environment, move and interact. Faculty working in Neuroscience include: Baker, Browne, Chiba, Dallman, Lu, Skromne, Searcy & Tosney.
We ask how inherited and environmental disruptions cause human disease using model organisms that allow us to experimentally uncover their genetic and developmental underpinnings. Faculty working in Biomedicine include: Baker, Dallman, Lu, Prince, Skromne & Wikramanayake.
in the Tropics
We ask how the unparalleled diversity found in the tropics is generated and maintained. We examine interactions at levels ranging from interspecific symbioses to system-wide mega-phenomena. Our approaches include unique applications of genetic, development, physicochemical and modeling techniques. Faculty working in the Tropics include: Browne, DeAngelis, Gaines, Horvitz, Janos, McCracken, Sealey, Searcy, Sternberg, Tosney, Uy & Whitlock.
in Evolutionary Biology
We ask how genes, genomes and the environment interact to produce phenotype, and how processes like natural selection, in turn, act on these diverse forms and behaviors. Faculty working in Evolution include: Browne, McCracken, Uy, Whitlock, Wikramanayake & Wilson.
Within these four programs, we leverage overlapping and complementary model systems that naturally cultivate research collaborations and synergy. These include:
Fish: Dallman, Lu, Prince, Sealey & Skromne.
Birds: Gaines, McCracken, Prince, Searcy, Skromne, Tosney & Uy.
Plants: DeAngelis, Gaines, Horvitz, Janos, Prince, Sternberg & Whitlock.
Invertebrates: Chiba, Baker, Browne, Prince, Wikramanayake & Wilson.
Communities: DeAngelis, Sealey & Uy.
Our curriculum emphasizes experiential learning and research opportunities and serves the largest College of Arts and Science major, Biology, as well as Marine Science and Neuroscience majors.