Department of Biological Science

FSU biological scientist named president-elect of Animal Behavior Society

A Florida State University biologist has been named president-elect of the Animal Behavior Society, a prominent professional organization that advances research and education in the field of animal behavior. Professor of Biological Science Emily DuVal will take over as president in 2026. “I’m humbled and inspired by this election,” DuVal said. “Being president of the […]

Taking pictures on a molecular level: FSU biologists receive $5M NIH grant to build cryo-electron microscopy center

While technologies like X-rays allow us to create pictures of the inside of the human body, imaging on a molecular level is much more complicated. Cryogenic electron microscopy, or cryo-EM, allows scientists to reconstruct protein complexes, like viruses and antibodies, in three dimensions at nearly atomic-level resolutions. These reconstructions — which let scientists pinpoint the […]

Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor always held an interest in science and a persistent curiosity. Now he holds a prestigious distinction at Florida State University as well. Taylor, a senior biological science major, recently won the Helen Louise Lee Undergraduate Research Award, an IDEA Grant for an FSU in the Department of Biological Science. The award allowed him […]

FSU biologists discover how cancer-causing virus avoids triggering immune system response

The human immune system is a complex network of organs, cells and proteins that defend the body against infections and diseases. While our bodies work constantly to ensure invading infections don’t breach the defenses, viruses are working just as hard to coerce our immune systems into allowing access and staying quiescent. A team of researchers […]

Natalie Jen

Florida State University junior Natalie Jen saw the opportunity to pursue scientific research as an important factor in deciding where to attend college. In FSU, she found a university with extensive undergraduate research and funding opportunities — and in doing so became the fourth Seminole sibling in her family. During her freshman year, Jen explored […]

FSU internal investment program helps faculty move from lab to market

Improved ceramics manufacturing, breakthrough medical screening tests and a more convenient way to detect nuclear particles earned funding from the latest round of a Florida State University program that helps researchers bring their work to the marketplace. FSU’s Office of the Vice President for Research awarded more than $167,000 to faculty members to continue research […]

FSU neuroscientist awarded $1.8M NIH grant to study brain’s influence on eating habits

A researcher in Florida State University’s Program in Neuroscience has received a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate how the brain encodes information about food and how this information affects an individual’s overall eating habits and food choices. Roberto Vincis, an assistant professor of Biological Science and Neuroscience, will lead […]

Ecologist receives 2021-22 FSU Distinguished Teacher Award

Florida State University · Ecologist receives 2021-22 FSU Distinguished Teacher Award Long before she taught at Florida State University, Professor of Biological Science Nora Underwood led science field trips for elementary school students at a national park. Learning how to work with children gave her the first glimpse at how to clearly communicate with different […]

Daniel Zuñiga

At age 15, Florida State University junior Daniel Zuñiga moved with his family from Bucaramanga, Colombia, to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, in search of a better education. During his senior year in high school, he applied to FSU originally as an interdisciplinary medical sciences major after he learned about the university’s efforts to support underrepresented […]

FSU biologist named 2022 Pew fellow in marine conservation

A Florida State University biologist has been awarded a prestigious fellowship that supports experts seeking solutions to critical challenges facing the world’s oceans. Daniel Okamoto, an assistant professor in FSU’s Department of Biological Science, has been named by The Pew Charitable Trusts as a recipient of the 2022 Pew fellowship in marine conservation. He will […]

FSU biological scientist named AAAS fellow

A Florida State University biologist has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a lifetime distinction that honors contributions to both science and technology. Professor of Biological Science Brian Inouye will be inducted to the prestigious society this year alongside 563 scientists, engineers, and innovators spanning 24 scientific disciplines. […]

FSU paleontologist featured in NOVA documentary on Alaskan dinosaurs

The work of a Florida State University researcher is featured in a new documentary by NOVA called “Alaskan Dinosaurs.” FSU Professor of Biological Science Gregory Erickson, doctoral candidate Tyler Hunt and their research partner Patrick Druckenmiller from University of Alaska Fairbanks are featured in the special that details their work in Alaska.  Producers filmed them […]