Faculty Research - NIU - Department of Biological Sciences


Faculty Research

The department is composed of 26 faculty involved in world renowned research in the areas of bioinformatics, cell and molecular biology, ecology and evolution, behavioral science, conservation, human anatomical sciences, microbiology, and plant sciences. Our faculty have produced research that has earned numerous patents, as well as generous funding by premier granting institutions, including U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Science Foundation, Department of the Interior, and Institute for Genomic Research, among others.

Read more about faculty research by exploring our Faculty Pages. In addition, visit the faculty research sites listed at below.

Faculty websites outlining their main research studies:

B. megateriumWhole Genome Sequencing of B. megaterium (from the research laboratory of Professor Emerita, Patricia Vary, Microbiology)

CnidariansComparative Gastrovascular Dynamics of Cnidarians (from the research laboratory of Professor Neil Blackstone, Ecology and Evolution)

Photo of Nick Barbers ResearchCommunity Ecology & Trophic Interactions (from the research laboratory of Professor Nicholas Barber)

Photo of Lake Erie Watersnake, by Kristin StanfordEcology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology of Midwestern Amphibians and Reptiles (from the research laboratory of Professor Richard B. King)

A. flavusMolecular Studies of Agriculturally and Medically Important Fungi (from the research laboratory of Professor Ana Calvo, Microbiology)

Image of Irradiated CellsTreatment of human brain ancer cells with neutron irradiation
(from the research lab of Professor Linda Yasui)

Photo of Bird in New Zealand, Holly Jones researchPursuing Ecological Science to Help Conserve and Restore Ecosystems and Species (from the research laboratory of Professor Holly Jones)

Photo of Lemur in MadagascarPaleontology, Skeletal Biology and Paleobiogeography (from the research laboratory of Professor Karen E. Samonds)

Photo of hot springThe Genomes of Modern Microbes (from the research laboratory of Professor Wesley Swingley)