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Marquette University Department of Biology

Oct. 22, 2014 | Volume 4, Issue 1


NOTES From The Chair

Dr. Dale NoelThis is a time of great anticipation at Marquette as our new president, Dr. Michael Lovell, is outlining new initiatives and emphasizing innovation. Among these initiatives, Dr. Lovell has said that a new building for Biology is a top priority for new construction on campus. Calling on your good graces, I urge all students, alumni, and friends of our department to keep reminding him and other university officials of the urgent need for a new building. One is hard-pressed to find another university with a life-sciences building that is as old as ours without having undergone at least a major top-to-bottom renovation. Our students, staff, and faculty do marvelous, innovative work. Imagine this talent and dedication in a new structure, designed throughout with the best of modern technology.



Notes from the Chair

Department News

Our History

Faculty Profiles

Faculty Highlights

Undergraduate Student Highlights

Graduate Student Highlights

Biological Sciences Alumni


Past Issues

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Dr. Michael Schläppi is featured in a local magazine; department staff are honored for service milestones; and the Petrella lab reflects on recent conference presentations. Read more.


A curriculum overhaul in 1969 introduces MU Biology's unique stand-alone lab courses. Read more.

Faculty Profiles: Past and Current

Developmental biologist Dr. Stephen Downs came to MU in 1987.
Dr. Robert Thomson (1960-1992) advocated for student advising, and was known as an outstanding educator.

Faculty Highlights

Highlights of department facultys' recent accomplishments. Read more.

Undergraduate Student Highlights

The Biological Undergraduate Society has already held two events this fall; the Plant Biology class is conducting service learning activities; and some undergraduate courses are experimenting with a new format for exams. Read more.

Graduate Student Highlights

Welcome to our seven new undergraduate students and congratulations to four August Ph.D. graduates. Read more.

Biological Sciences Alumni

Dr. Larry Dick has applied his 1980 Biology degree to a career in drug discovery.
Dr. Kerry McDonald earned his Ph.D. in 1992 in the Fitts lab, and now focuses his research on cardiac muscle cells.
Alumni Happenings.

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Department of Biology
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P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
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