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Organismal Biology Departmental Faculty
FAU’s Department of Biological Sciences houses research labs working on a wide spectrum of organisms, from fruit flies and worms to turtles and sharks. Areas of interest include developmental biology, conservation biology, marine biology, physiology, animal behavior and morphology/evolution. Undergraduate and graduate students are studying how organisms communicate, pick their mates, move and migrate. Students are learning how animals and plants interact and evolve. Studies are being conducted on the molecular mechanisms behind why organisms sleep and age and the genetics behind how animals think and behave.

FAU’s Department of Biological Sciences faculty members view integration of disciplines as a defining characteristic to understanding scientific principles. The department offers a Ph.D. Program in Integrative Biology, Masters degrees and Bachelors degrees.

NameArea of EmphasisAnderson, Rindy Behavioral ecology, communication, cognition, sexual selectionBaldwin, John D. Population genetics and reproductive biologyBrooks, Randy Marine behavioral ecology, symbiology, coral reefsDawson-Scully, Ken  Neurobiology of cellular stress and neuroprotection using live cell imaging, electrophysiology and behavior geneticsGodenschwege, Tanja Molecular and cellular neuroscience, neurodevelopment, cellular basis of neurological disorders and drug discoveryJia, Kailiang Molecular regulation of agingKajiura, Stephen Functional morphology and sensory biology of marine fishKeene, Alex Neurogenetics and the evolution of behaviorKumi-Diaka, J. K. Reproductive pathophysiology and oncologyMacleod, Greg Mitochondrial support of neurotransmission, pH influences on synaptic plasticity, neurotransmission and agingMilton, Sarah L. Vertebrate anoxia tolerance, marine turtle physiologyMurphey, Rod Development and degeneration of synapsesPorter, Marianne E. Biomechanics and functional morphology and physiologySalmon, Michael Animal behaviorWyneken, Jeanette Integrative biology, comparative and functional morphologyZhang, Xing-Hai Plant physiology, molecular biology and biotechnology



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