Research in Biology

Research in Biology

Research in the Washington University Department of Biology addresses a wide range of biological questions, across and between the sub-disciplines of biology: from single molecules to systems, and from steady state equilibria to dynamic remodeling over milliseconds to millions of generations. Intellectually, the department draws its strength from an exceptionally interactive and collaborative faculty who possess a wide range of interests at all levels of biological organization and who utilize many different biological systems and model organisms.

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Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology

Computational & Systems Biology

Developmental, Regenerative, & Stem Cell Biology

Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Molecular Cell Biology

Molecular Genetics & Genomics

Molecular Microbiology & Microbial Pathogenesis


Plant & Microbial Biosciences

resources at your fingertips

Learn more about our lab spaces, unique equipment, and research interests by exploring the resources below

“Being a scientist is about finding out all of these little secrets that are in the natural world that you cannot see with your eyes. For example, one insect I worked on is a major crop pest that destroys fields of squash and watermelon. But it can’t survive without this tiny microbe inside of it. By just looking at it, you would never guess that was the case. To me, it is just fun to be privy to all of these little secrets and to discover new ones and to figure out how our world really works.”

―Justine GarciaPostdoctoral Research Associate

who we work with

Faculty, postdocs, and students can take advantage of research opportunities at numerous centers throughout St. Louis. Check out our partner institutes for more details.

Wash U and partner facilities and centers