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

October 16, 2015
No seminar, Friday before Fall break

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Prof. Suzy Renn won a $618,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate a striking example of maternal behavior—voluntary starvation among African cichlid fish. Her research could shed light on the evolution of maternal instincts and deepen our understanding of metabolic and feeding disorders.

Prof. Erik Zornik won a $444,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to research mechanisms in the brain that generate rhythmic behavior, with the goal of finding new treatments for neurological disorders.

Prof. Todd Schlenke won a $373,000 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a division of the National Institutes of Health, to study one of nature’s most unforgiving arms races—the struggle between fruit flies and venomous parasitic wasps. (May the contest be long and bloody.)

Prof. Jay Mellies won a $362,769 grant from the National Institutes of Health investigate a key regulatory protein that enables a sinister pathogen to sicken children.

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