Biology as a discipline is continuing to expand its horizons at an astonishing pace, making this an especially exciting time to be a biologist. Our program draws strength from a long-standing tradition of combining research and teaching in ways that benefit both our students and our faculty. The historic and continued success of Reed biology majors demonstrates the effectiveness of our approach.

The support for biological teaching and research at Reed is exceptional, with resources and funds contributed from the college, from outside foundations, and from research grants to individual faculty. Our facilities, equipment and technical support are first rate, with students using state-of-the-science materials and methods in both their laboratory coursework and original (often independent) research. Our students learn by doing biology, with the senior thesis providing the ultimate proof of that statement.

Upcoming Seminar

April 3, 2015
"Duplication, disease and the evolution of the human genome"
Evan Eichler, Dept of Genome Sciences, University of Washington

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Wilson Horner (senior biology major) was awarded the best life sciences presentation prize at the Murdock College Science Research Conference. His talk, titled “How retinoic acid influences retinal growth and neurogenesis in the zebrafish retina”, focused on his summer research and thesis work in Kara Cerveny’s lab. Congratulations Wilson and Kara!

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