Student and faculty in a biology lab

The Biology faculty engage students in an exciting and challenging environment where they master biological concepts and develop scientific competencies necessary to be critical thinkers, successful professionals, and responsible citizens. Students use modern instrumentation and methodologies in the laboratory and field through coursework and independent research with faculty who lead programs in pre-health professions, neuroscience, biochemistry, environmental science, forensic science, and biological physics.

Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.

Research and Internships

  • Faculty-led and independent research on topics such as microbial diversity of streams, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, urban ecology, songbird thermal survival, coal mine reclamation, kidney physiology, neuromuscular development, and invasive plants and insects
  • Extensive science research internship program with internal funding and strong alumni support


  • Health professional: doctor, dentist, podiatrist, physician assistant, physical therapist, genetic counselor occupational therapist, registered nurse
  • Veterinarian / Epidemiologist
  • Biomedical / ecological researcher
  • Environmental lawyer / consultant
  • Wildlife / conservation biologist
  • Biology teacher / professor / editor


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Candy S. DeBerry, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology; Director of the Biochemistry Program
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Alice G. Lee, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
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Ronald J. Bayline, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Biology
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James G. March, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
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Robert M. East, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program
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Jason S. Kilgore, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
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Kelly M. Lohr, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
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Nobunaka Matsuno, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
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Anne K. McGrain, Ph.D.
Biology Program Coordinator
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Anupama Shanmuganathan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
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Kelly M. Weixel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology; Director, Neuroscience Program
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Thomas A. Contreras, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
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