Research in the Department of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences supports a wide variety of internationally recognized research including strengths in molecular and cell biology; microbiology; ecology, evolution, behavior and conservation; physiology and neurobiology; and biotechnology. Faculty in the Department collaborate with other UWM departments, schools and colleges as well as national and international organizations to foster a multidisciplinary approach to complex projects. Funding sources include NSF, DOE, NIH, USDA and corporate partners.

Research Foci
Biotechnology
Keywords: novel pharmaceuticals, molecular biology tools, biofuels, enzymes, biodegradation and bioremediation
Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology
Keywords: Blood cytology, Mammalian cell biology, Cell-Mediated coagulation, Immunology, Evolution of Bacterial Bioluminescence, Plant cell development
Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
Keywords: Animal behavior, Aquatic biology, Evolutionary ecology, Insect behavioral ecology, Landscape genetics, Molecular ecology, Plant systematics and evolution, Plant and algal ecophysiology, Plant community ecology, Pollination ecology, Plant development and regulation, Parasitology
Keywords: microbial physiology; molecular microbiology; genetics; genomics; environmental microbiology; host/microbe interactions; nitrogen fixation; the molecular bases of motility, anaerobic respiration, and membrane assembly; and the production of proteins, antibiotics and other products in microbes
Keywords: Molecular signaling, Neural development, Neuroendocrinology, Neurobiology of learning and memory

Departmental Publications
Faculty

Student Masters & Doctoral Dissertations

Gifts, Grants and Contracts
Departmental Patents
Collins, M. L. P. and Y. Cheng. 2004 and 2005. Host/vector system for expression of membrane proteins. U.S. patents 6,680,179 and 6,951,741.

Collaborations
Forst, Steven; USDA sponsored grant for collaboration with Dr. Hanan El-Sadawy of the National Research Center in Cairo, Egypt. The project is designed to study novel antibiotic activity of Xenorhabdus and Photorhabdus against pathogens of medical and veterinary importance.