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

Drs. Pearson and Jacobs publish paper with MSc. students

"Small reductions in skin temperature after onset of a simulated hemorrhagic challenge improve tolerance in exercise heat-stressed individuals". Read More

Dr. Killian and MSc. student Ethan Wright publish paper

"Drosophila as a Model for Assessing the Function of RNA-Binding Proteins during Neurogenesis and Neurological Disease". Read More

Dr. Mooney co-authors paper

Dr. Mooney and undergraduate Biology student Brittany Smith publish paper with Dr. Janel Owens and Luis Lowe of the Chemistry and Biochemistry department. The paper is published in the Journal of Applied Research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants and is titled "Chemotypic variation in osha (Ligusticum porteri) in Colorado, USA".

Dr. Klocko co-authors paper

"Variation in mutation spectra among CRISPR/Cas9 mutagenized poplars" by Estefania Elorriaga, Amy Leigh Klocko, Cathleen Ma, Steven Henry Strauss, published in Frontiers in Plant Science, section Plant Biotechnology. To view the online publication, please click here

Dr. Lybecker receives NIH Grant

Dr. Lybecker and her colleagues at the University of Montana have received an RO1 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health for their work in understanding the regulatory mechanisms that allow Borrelia burgdorferi to respond and adapt to varied carbon sources in Lyme disease pathogenesis.
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


The Department of Biology’s Museum of Natural History

The museum includes an extensive mammal collection comprised of study skins, skeletal material, and taxidermy mounts. These materials were collected primarily by the late Dr. Jon Pigage, and have been used extensively in teaching and research.
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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

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.

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).