Biological Sciences (M.A.)


The biology department faculty have diverse specializations within fields associated with Life Science Education, Biomedical Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Ecology and Evolution. You will need a graduate advisor to help plan out coursework toward your degree as a Master of Arts student in Biological Sciences. Please contact the Graduate Director for Biological Sciences (Dr. Matthew Davis, to discuss potential graduate advisor options and/or contact faculty directly if you know you are interested in a particular graduate advisor (contact information below).

Many of the course offerings during your graduate degree are flexible, allowing you to plan out a suite of courses with your faculty advisor that will complement and enhance your learning experience.

Below is a list of some of the potential faculty advisors and their research interests in our department. For a full list of faculty please visit the Department of Biological Sciences Faculty page.

Examples of Some Potential Faculty Advisors Include:

Biological Sciences: Life Science Education

Biological Sciences: Medical, Cellular, and Molecular Biology

  • Dr. Marina Cetkovic-Cvrlje ( Research investigates factors associated with autoimmunity in experimental type 1 diabetes.
  • Dr. Oladele Gazal ( Research investigates mammalian physiology and endocrinology.
  • Dr. Kristin Gulrud ( Research investigates medical microbiology, bacterial toxins, and mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis.
  • Dr. Christopher Kvaal ( Research integrates bioinformatics, molecular biology, and genetics to study a variety of systems including causes of Toxoplasmosis.
  • Dr. Gengyun Le ( Research investigates endocrinology, musculoskeletal function, sex differences, and exercise physiology.
  • Dr. JoAnn Meerschaert ( Research investigates immunology and cell biology.
  • Dr. Brian Olson ( Research investigates the molecular biology of human diseases including the use of cell culture and biochemistry to study human proteins involved in human diseases.
  • Dr. Heiko Schoenfuss ( A leading researcher in aquatic toxicology and functional morphology.
  • Dr. Timothy Schuh ( Research investigates the early development of Xenopus laevis.

Biological Sciences: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution

  • Dr. Althea Archer ( Research investigates quantitative ecology, plant ecophysiology, spatial analysis, and computational biology.
  • Dr. Jorge Arriagada ( Research investigates the taxonomy and systematics of plants.
  • Dr. William Cook ( Research investigates aspects of prairie ecology including habitat fragmentation and community ecology. 
  • Dr. Matthew Davis ( Research investigates the evolution and tree of life of fishes with an emphasis on fishes that live in deep-sea habitats and their associated adaptations (e.g., bioluminescence, fangs).
  • Dr. Matthew Julius ( Research investigates the potential applications algae may have on various industries, including alternative energy sources and dietary supplements.
  • Dr. Jennifer Lamb ( Research investigates the taxonomy and population genetics of amphibians.

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