Research Highlights


The faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences have been highly successful in generating external research funding over the past years. Funding of on-going research projects is presently supported through the following agencies:

·    National Institutes of Health (NIH)

·    National Science Foundation (NSF)

·    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

·    U.S. Department of Education (Title III Program)

These funded research programs allow for student participation and support, as well as the acquisition of scientific equipment and instruments that have led to the development of highly successful ongoing research programs.

Today, the department consists of 20 faculty, 55% of whom are actively engaged in ongoing research programs.


Recent Biology Faculty Publications

Quincy Quick. Microtubule-Actin Crosslinking Factor 1 and Plakins as Therapeutic Drug Targets. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2018 Jan 26;19(2).

Amara S, Majors C, Roy B, Hill S, Rose KL, Myles EL, Tiriveedhi V. Critical role of SIK3 in mediating high salt and IL-17 synergy leading to breast cancer cell proliferation. PLoS One. 2017 Jun 28;12(6):e0180097. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0180097.

Hui D, Yu CL, Deng Q, Dzantor EK, Zhou S, Dennis S, Sauve R, Johnson TL, Fay PA, Shen W, Luo Y. Effects of precipitation changes on switchgrass photosynthesis, growth, and biomass: A mesocosm experiment. PLoS One. 2018 Feb 8;13(2):e0192555.

Deng, Q. Q. Zhang, X. Han, G. Chu, Q. Zhang, D. Hui. 2018. Changing rainfall frequency rather than drought rapidly alters annual soil respiration in a tropical forest. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 121: 8-15.

Dr. Terrance L. Johnson
Professor and Head
Department of Biological Sciences
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On the Main Campus, the Department of Biological Sciences is housed in Harned Hall and McCord Hall.

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