Department of Biology


Message from the Chair

Andrew Subudhi

The Department of Biology is one of the largest departments at UCCS, with over 700 majors. Biology majors survey the origins, maintenance, and conservation of biological diversity, as well as the molecular, genetic, and cellular bases of life. Students have the opportunity to learn about a wide range of topics, including the complex interactions that exist among organisms and their environments, as well as the biological processes that underlie molecular and organismic evolution, cellular function, embryonic development, exercise science, biomechanics, and human health. Our majors go on to many different graduate programs and careers including research technicians, medical school, PA school, veterinary school, wildlife conservation and more.

Dr. Andrew Subudhi


Faculty Highlights

Dr. Subudhi co-authors paper
Song A, Zhang Y, Han L, Yegutkin GG, Liu H, Sun K, D'Alessandro A, Li J, Karmouty-Quintana H, Iriyama T, Weng T, Zhao S, Wang W, Wu H, Nemkov T, Subudhi AW, Jameson-Van Houten S, Julian CG, Lovering AT, Hansen KC, Zhang H, Bogdanov M, Dowhan W, Jin J, Kellems RE, Eltzschig HK, Blackburn M, Roach RC, Xia Y.   Erythrocytes retain hypoxic adenosine response for faster acclimatization upon re-ascent. Nat Commun. 2017 Feb 7;8:14108. doi: 10.1038/ncomms14108.

Dr. Mooney receives 3 year NSF grant.
Dr. Mooney receives funding from the NSF Division of Environmental Biology Population and Community Ecology Cluster to study ‘Climate-induced changes in phenology as direct and indirect drivers of herbivore abundance.'

Dr. Lybecker publishes paper

Dr. Subudhi co-authors paper
Liu H, Zhang Y, Wu H, D'Alessandro A, Yegutkin GG, Song A, Sun K, Li J, Cheng NY, Huang A, Edward Wen Y, Weng TT, Luo F, Nemkov T, Sun H, Kellems RE, Karmouty-Quintana H, Hansen KC, Zhao B, Subudhi AW, Jameson-Van Houten S, Julian CG, Lovering AT, Eltzschig HK, Blackburn MR, Roach RC, Xia Y   Beneficial Role of Erythrocyte Adenosine A2B Receptor-Mediated AMP-Activated Protein Kinase Activation in High-Altitude Hypoxia. Circulation. 2016 Aug 2;134(5):405-21. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.116.021311.

Dr. Subudhi co-authors paper
Sun K, Zhang Y, D'Alessandro A, Nemkov T, Song A, Wu H, Liu H, Adebiyi M, Huang A, Wen YE, Bogdanov MV, Vila A, O'Brien J, Kellems RE, Dowhan W, Subudhi AW, Jameson-Van Houten S, Julian CG, Lovering AT, Safo M, Hansen KC, Roach RC, Xia Y.   Sphingosine-1-phosphate promotes erythrocyte glycolysis and oxygen release for adaptation to high-altitude hypoxia. Nat Commun. 2016 Jul 15;7:12086. doi: 10.1038/ncomms12086.

Dr. Pearson publishes paper


Summer Teaching Fellowship in Denver.
Generation Teach partners with local schools to provide high school and undergraduate students with high-quality summer teaching experiences to inspire them to pursue careers in urban teaching. The Denver Summer Teaching Fellowship includes two weeks of intensive training and five weeks of teaching small groups of middle-school students. Undergraduate Teaching Fellows receive daily coaching and support, as well as a $2,000 taxable scholarship. Check out this flier here and or email: , to learn more about fellowship opportunities. Upcoming deadlines are February 6 and March 6; apply now.

The Undergraduate Pre-Health Program.
The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Office of Inclusion and Outreach and Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Office of Equity & Inclusion, is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Pre-Health Program (UPP).  | MORE

Opportunity to become a LAS Ambassador.
This program was developed by Dean Peter Braza to meet the ever-growing need for community engagement and strategic college promotion. Interested students should contact Margie Oldham | MORE

Volunteer this summer at Rocky Mtn Biological Laboratory
Students and recent graduates who are interested in trying out field research in ecology can volunteer with scientists at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Crested Butte, CO. A variety of research projects for summer 2017 will be posted here Contact Dr. Mooney for more information.

Congratulations to Dr. Bono and undergraduate Toan Hoang
They have received a LAS student-faculty research, creative works, community service award. The title of their research is 'Determining the Function of GI11629 in the Reproductive Tracts of Drosophila arizonae'

Internships, Summer Research and Study Abroad Opportunities
Look in Research Opportunities for study abroad and summer research opportunity announcements as well as internships. We will list these opportunities as we become aware of them. Internships are offered by an employer (company or organization) to students to work for a fixed time, usually one semester. Because they are positions that are off campus, the Biology Department uses the term Externships. Students may receive credit by enrolling in Externship in Biology, Biol 4710/5710.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid filing start date has been changed to Oct 1, 2016. The UCCS Financial Aid Office has more information on how to apply for the 2017-18 academic year.
Congratulations to Susan Epperson on her Retirement
There is no way the Biology Department can appropriately express our gratitude for Sue's contributions to the department, let alone what she has done for biology education across the US. Her influence on the field is simply immeasurable as her landmark case went all the way to the US Supreme Court (Epperson vs. Arkansas). MORE

Students with Workstudy
If you have Workstudy and are interested in working in the Biology Department, contact Brent Wallace (255-3206).

B.S. in Exercise Science to be offered
The Department of Biology has partnered with the Department of Health Sciences to offer a BS in Exercise Science starting in the fall of 2016. The degree will blend education in basic and applied science for students seeking careers in sport science and medicine and highlights university relationships with local sport organizations and health care providers. See the Exercise Science link above.