Organismal biology is the glue that rests between and connects the molecular/biochemical realms of living systems to evolutionary/ecological scales of biological systems. Understanding the attributes of cells, organ systems and entire living organisms, and getting a clearer picture of how living systems develop and function under an array of circumstances, is broadest goal of Organismal Biology. The faculty members in our department that work in this field strive to understand fundamental principles of living systems -- such as how cells divide, what causes aging and cell death, how anatomy and physiology combine to allow individuals to find and recognize each other, what regulates the complex dynamics of symbiotic relationships?  Biologists from a century ago would be amazed at the tools and technologies now in the hands of modern organismal biologists -- allowing them to address these questions and many others -- to continually advance our understanding of what it means to be alive.

Recent IB Publications in Organismal Biology

Azofeifa, Chappell, Weis, Schwarz , 2013 , Evolution of the LGR hormone receptor gene family in metazoans , Integrative and Comparative Biology

Blouin, Bonner, Cooper, Amarasinghe, O'Donnell, Bayne , 2013 , Three genes involved in the oxidative burst are closely linked in the genome of the snail, Biomphalaria glabrata , International Journal for Parasitology

Capper, Meyer, Matz , 2013 , Discovering the genes contributing to thermal stress survival in the coral Acropora millepora , Integrative and Comparative Biology

Tevy, Giebultowicz, Pincus, Mazzoccoli, Vinciguerra , 2013 , Aging signaling pathways and circadian clock-dependent metabolic derangements , Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism

Hedrick, Tobalske, Ros, Warrick, Biewener , 2012 , Morphological and kinematic basis of the hummingbird flight stroke: scaling of flight muscle transmission ratio , Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences