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

Eugenia Olesnicky Killian
Biology faculty earns Quality Matters certification
Eugenia Olesnicky Killian, assistant professor, Biology Department, recently completed the Quality Matters certification for her course BIOL 1350: General Biology II Introduction to the Cell. She certified the lecture component of an integrated lecture/laboratory course that introduces concepts of structure and functional relationships among biological molecules, cellular metabolism, genetics and molecular biology. Read More
Dr. Bono is a co-investigator on a Major Research Instrumentation grant.
Drs. Guy Hagen, Jeremy Bono, Kathrin Spendier, Kevin Tvrdy, and Zbigniew Celinski receive funding from the NSF for the 'Acquisition of a fluorescence microscope for manipulating and imaging live cells'.
Dr. Pigage co-authors paper
Pigage, H.K., J.C. Pigage and J.R. Demboski.   Survey of Siphonaptera from western North American chipmunk. Comparative Parasitology (in press).
Dr. Jacobs co-authors paper
Meinild Lundby AK, Jacobs RA, Gehrig S, de Leur J, Hauser M, Bonne TC, Flück D, Dandanell S, Kirk N, Kaech A, Ziegler U, Larsen S, and Lundby C.   Exercise training increases skeletal muscle mitochondrial volume density by enlargement of existing mitochondria and not de novo biogenesis. Acta Physiol (Oxf). 2017 Jun 5. doi: 10.1111/apha.12905.
Dr. Hines is a co-investigator on 5 year NSF grant.
Drs. Patrick McGuire, Robert Block, Lisa Hines and Tom Christensen receive funding from the NSF for a project entitled ‘Supporting Noyce Scholars Through Professional Learning Communities.'
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


Dr Pigage
In Memory: Jon Pigage
It is with great sadness that I share the loss of a longtime member of our campus community. Jon C. Pigage, associate professor and associate chair, Biology Department, died early February 7, 2018 following a battle with cancer. Read More
Melissa McCormick
Welcome Melissa McCormick
Melissa is teaching General Ecology this semester. She earned a B.A. in Biology from St. Mary's College of Maryland and an M.S. in Forestry (with a concentration in Natural Resource-Based Recreation) from Virginia Tech. She most recently worked as the Natural Resource Specialist for the Regional Parks, Trails and Open Space division of the Colorado Springs Parks Department.
Snow Scapes
Biology Department Seminars

All seminars will be held in OSCE B215 at 12:15 pm

  • Jan 26 Dr. James Nichols, Craniofacial Biology, Anschutz. The title of his talk is “Making the best of bad genes: how zebrafish overcome a deleterious mutation”
  • Feb 9  Dr. Shannon Murphy, Biological Sciences, DU. the title of her talk is “What to eat? Commonalities in how herbivores and parasitoids choose their diets”
  • Feb 16 Dr. Erica Larson, Biological Sciences, DU. The title of her talk is “Speciation, sex chromosomes and the sensitivity of spermatogenesis”
Important changes to Anatomy and Physiology at UCCS
Starting Fall 2018, Anatomy and Physiology will be offered as 3000 level courses for all non-Nursing Prep students: Human Anatomy, BIOL 3050, and Human Physiology, BIOL 3060. Biology, Health Science, Exercise Science and Nursing-Intent students will need to either have BIOL 2010 AND 2020 completed by the end of summer 2018 semester or should begin taking BIOL 3050 in the fall 2018 semester (or later). Please contact your academic advisor with any questions you have about how this change may affect your degree plan.
Statistics in R course to be offered Fall semester 2018
R is a powerful and flexible software tool for statistical analysis. This applied course is ideal for students pursuing research in a variety of biology-related fields. Most of class time will be hands-on coding activities. You will learn to analyze and visualize data in R to understand biological phenomena and communicate statistical results correctly, effectively, and in context. Open to graduate students and research-focused undergraduates. This will be offered as Current Topics, Biol 5000.
Summer Teaching Experience 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. Teaching Fellows receive daily coaching and support, as well as a $2,000 taxable scholarship. Application deadlines are Dec 5 and Jan 5. For more information, contact or ReadMore
Beer Glass
Brews and Biotech Happy Hour
The CU Denver Anschutz Medical Campus formed the Academia Industry Alliance in 2015. They sponsor a Happy Hour every third Thursday of the month from 5-730pm at Ursula Brewery, adjacent to Anschutz Medical Campus, as a networking opportunity for academics and representatives from life science companies. AIA members are interested in learning more about how to transition to the industry, how to create a company, and how to succeed in the biotech/life sciences sphere. For more information about AIA, check Read More
Congratulations to Biology faculty and undergraduate research students
Dr. Robert Jacobs, Dr. Jeremy Bono and Dr. Eugenia Olesnicky Killian have received 2017 Student-Faculty Research/Creative Works awards. Kaylene Ross will be conducting research with Dr. Jacobs, Alexis Ryan will be conducting research with Dr. Bono, and Brandon Titus and Lauren Young will be conducting research with Dr. Olesnicky Killian.
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New Applications for Internships, Research and Study Abroad Opportunities
Look in the 'Research' tab above for study abroad and summer research opportunity announcements as well as internships. We 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.
Students with Work-study
If you have Work-study and are interested in working in the Biology Department, contact Brent Wallace (255-3206).