The Biology Department is located on the second floors of Murdock and Graf Halls, on the central quad of the Linfield McMinnville Campus. Murdock and Graf contain teaching laboratories shared by all Biology faculty, as well as individual faculty research labs adjacent to faculty offices.
Our faculty engage in research in diverse areas of biology including sponge microbiology, the evolution and diversity of parasitic plants, hair cell physiology in the zebrafish model organism, microRNA regulation of gene expression in the fruit fly model organism, and terrestrial invertebrate food web ecology. This diversity is reflected in the variety of resources and equipment present in the Biology Department.
The Biology Department uses numerous microscopes for our various imaging needs. These include:
We have a number of specialty areas for research including:
The Biology Department is well-equipped for molecular and cellular research. The related modern equipment in departmental teaching and research labs includes:
Additionally, we have a variety of field equipment useful for both terrestrial and aquatic sampling and monitoring, and excellent computing facilities along with software for receptor-ligand binding studies, DNA and protein phylogenetic analysis, and statistical computation.