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Message from the Chair

The WashU campus has been bustling all semester! Students returned to in-person classes, and many activities resumed on campus. It has been refreshing to watch migrating students walk past Rebstock Hall at the top of each hour. Our hallways are again filled with chatter, laughter, and, of course, talk of exams, class registrations, and living arrangements. 

Over the past nine months, the Biology Department was involved in Arts & Sciences' strategic planning process, a comprehensive school-level strategic planning effort. Many of our faculty, staff, and students provided feedback and discussed the actions that we need to take to achieve excellence. On December 6th, during a kickoff event for the “Power of Arts & Sciences,” a weeklong series of virtual events highlighting the launch of the strategic plan, Chancellor Andrew D. Martin announced WashU's plans to construct a new state-of-the-art building for Arts & Sciences. The Biology community is excited to be part of these transformative changes.

As we welcome 2022, we wish you a happy and healthy new year! 


We hope you can take a minute to update us on your personal and professional accomplishments. We also welcome you to share your memories of your time spent at Washington University. 

Connect with Biology 

Leo Yan, PhD 2021

Leo Yan was named a Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellow

Awards & Notables

Joe Jez

Professor and Chair of Biology Joe Jez was promoted to Spencer T. Olin Professor of Biology

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Gaby Smith

Undergraduate student Gaby Smith won the Switzer Leadership Award from the Women’s Society of Washington University

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Anna Damato

Graduate student Anna Damato won the 2022 Ceil M. DeGutis Prize from the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics

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“I ran a CAMP program which stands for “California Alliance for Minority Participation”. I would tell those students, and feel the same way about all my students, that my door is always open and they should never hesitate to reach out to me. Once a CAMPer, always a CAMPer."

Janet Goins

Biology Lecturer & Coordinator of Undergraduate Research Experiences

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