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
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


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.
Stats Workshop to be Offered
Dr. Mooney is offering a series of three workshops for graduate students or undergraduates interested in a research-focused career. The workshops are designed to get people started with R so that they can apply available packages and code to their own data analysis problems. Workshop 3 will focus on producing publication-quality graphics using the popular ggplot2 package. No coding background is necessary, but a working knowledge of common statistical terms is helpful. SIGN-UP
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

Welcome to our new Faculty
Dr. Robert Jacobs, new Assistant Professor, will be teaching Exercise Physiology and Human Physiology this fall. Mr. Timothy Browne, new Instructor, will be teaching A&P labs.

Congratulations to Kristina Linders
Kristina, a senior biology major, received an NSF REU award to work this summer at the University of Toledo's Lake Erie Center. Aquatic ecology was the focus of her research. For more information about the NSF REU program go here.

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

Internships for Students
See our new internship tab above. We will list internships 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.

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.