Department of Biological Sciences

Grace McHale in a gray shirt in front of stained glass.

Pitt Sets New School Record for Producing Fulbright U.S. Students

The University of Pittsburgh once again is among the nation’s top institutions for producing Fulbright students, breaking its own record with 14 students—who are now alumni—earning the prestigious scholarships for international study, teaching and research projects.
Lettuce seedlings in net cups in the hydroponics system

Hydroponics Club Grows Food For Those In Need, Teaches Methods to Local Kids

Students across the University are coming together at a hydroponics club to grow and share produce and gain hands-on experience with sustainable agriculture.
A strawberry poison frog, color morph red, sits on a leaf in a forest

Study Shows Sexual Selection Alone Could Spark Formation of Species

Animals that seek mates and fight rivals that resemble their parents could be setting the stage for the formation of a new species, research from Pitt biology graduate student Yusan Yang and associate professor Corinne Richards-Zawacki indicates.
young woman with pigtail braids holding a bee house

Bee Friendly Pitt Sets Campus Abuzz

After taking an environmental studies course focused on developing impactful sustainability projects in the community, a group of undergraduates installed seven bee houses across the Pittsburgh campus.
Hatfull in a green coat, wearing gloves and looking at a round slide of phages

Lifesaving First in Medicine Boosted By Student Research in Hatfull Lab

Research efforts in Graham Hatfull’s lab involving phages, or viruses that infect bacteria, saved a cystic fibrosis patient from a life-threatening infection. This therapeutic first couldn’t have happened without the help of undergraduate students.
Tom Eliseuson and Madison Holden wearing ballcaps and examining a tree

Duo’s Mission: Count Each Tree on Campus

A Pitt-specific tree inventory is the first step in tracking progress toward the Pitt Sustainability Plan goal of increasing the campus tree canopy 50 percent by 2030.