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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 

Eka Jose, BA 2021

Jose has been named a finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year

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Shubham Tayal, BA 2021

Tayal shares his experience of failing that has not stopped him from pursuing medicine

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Jarrett Joubert, 2007 University College alum

Joubert started out pre-med and shares his experience pursuing a road less traveled

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Beronda Montgomery, BA 1994

In her book, Lessons from Plants, Montgomery explains what plants can teach us about the world and about ourselves

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Awards & Notables

Arpita Bose

Associate Professor Arpita Bose has been awarded the Anant Fellowship for Climate Action

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Miriam Silberman

Undergraduate student Miriam Silberman won a Promega D.O.O.R.S. (Diversification of Our Research Scientists) scholarship

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Irene Antony

Undergraduate student Irene Antony accepted into Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. She also won the Trainee Professional Development Award (TPDA) from the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).

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"The old saw about how you don't understand something until you teach is quite true. I would credit my students with spurring me to be much more complete, more knowledgeable and more innovative than I would have ever attempted on my own. Teaching is a performance art in that sense, and you need to let it appeal to your pride."

Dan Hanson

Biology Lecturer, retired 2021

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