The Department of Biology takes pride in the breadth and depth of its research. This is supported by our structure: unlike most large universities, we have not divided Biology into multiple smaller departments. We believe that scientific breakthroughs come most often when diversity of thought and a range of approaches are brought to bear on a question.
For example, faculty and students studying animal behavior benefit immensely by interacting with colleagues with expertise in neurobiology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, and evolution. Similarly, faculty and students studying epigenetic regulation of gene expression in animals benefit by close interactions with those studying similar processes in plants, and vice versa.
The diversity of expertise and scientific approach represented in our 60+ faculty, combined with an exceptionally collegial culture, is what makes IU Biology stand out. It has made IU a premiere place for performing cutting-edge research.