Welcome to Biology at ECU!

We are a broad department that emphasizes integrative approaches drawing from across the life sciences. We offer undergraduate majors in Biology and Biochemistry and graduate opportunities at both the MS and PhD levels. Our faculty, students, and staff have received a wide range of honors and awards and some of their achievements are highlighted on this site. We encourage alumni to keep in touch and prospective students to visit. I look forward to hearing from you!

Jeff McKinnon, Chair

Biology News
Dr. Rebecca Asch Receives Prestigous 2018 Sloan Research Fellowship
Rebecca Asch received a prestigious fellowship, as she was one of 126 recipients (one of eight for Ocean Sciences) of the 2018 Sloan Research Fellowship, recognizing her as one of the top early-career researchers in the United States and Canada. 

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Congratulations to Chris Moore for Selection as 2018 NC Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Fellow!
Congratulations to Chris Moore, IDPBS student with Dr. Blakeslee, for selection as 2018 NC Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCCR) fellow, for project "Parasites as Novel Indicators of Biodiversity in Restored Coastal Habitats"!

The Blakeslee lab was also recently featured in a UNC-TV story on Dr. Blakeslee’s research on an invasive parasite that creates so-called “zombie crabs”.

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Fadi Issa Receives 2018 Young Investigator Award from NAF

Grants are awarded to 3 young investigators annually. The award is to investigate the cellular mechanisms underlying spinocerebellar ataxia neurodegenerative disease. The Issa lab uses zebrafish as a model system because of the ease with which we can probe cerebellar function and degeneration in vivo.

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Congratulations to Dr. Ariane Peralta!

Our congratulations to Ariane Peralta, a well-deserved winner of a 2017-2018 ECU Scholar-Teacher award! The award ceremony will be held in Harvey Hall at the Murphy Center on Monday, April 9, 2018 from 5-7pm.

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Biology Faculty Members Awarded Grant to Study Blueback Herring Spawning Populations Using eDNA

Drs. Brewer, Field and Rulifson were awarded a grant from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and NOAA Fisheries to further ground-truth a new way to survey blueback herring using Environmental DNA (eDNA).

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