Department of Biology

Our students work closely with faculty in the lab.Our students work closely with faculty in the lab.

  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p class="intro"> By studying how cells manipulate proteins, <a href="/academics/faculty/debburman">Professor Shubhik DebBurman</a> and his students hope to better understand why some proteins change shape and cause incurable neurological diseases like Parkinson’s. Many of Professor DebBurman’s students have had the opportunity to co-author publications with him on this research and to turn their lab work into research projects and senior theses.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p class="intro"> Each year, the student-produced research journal <em><a href="http://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/students/journals/eukaryon/" target="_blank">Eukaryon</a></em> publishes exceptional research by Lake Forest biology students. A student editorial board comprised of biology students peer reviews, copy edits, and publishes the online journal, which won first prize in the science education session at the 2009 Society of Developmental Biology.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p class="intro"> Professor <a href="/academics/faculty/kirk">Karen Kirk</a> and computer science major Sylwia Dakowicz ‘13 use computers to mine and analyze data of gene sequences for a <a href="/academics/students/richter.php">Richter Scholar</a> research project. Professor Kirk received a <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/">National Science Foundation</a> grant to identify telomerase RNA in her study of aging, and several biology students will assist with parts of the research, likely leading to their senior theses.</p></div>

Biology majors don’t just learn facts about living things, they learn how to be scientists. This means they can often be found in the lab, actively engaged in research with faculty. Students have exciting opportunities for internships and research at world-class Chicago institutions like the Field Museum, Chicago Botanic Garden, Shedd Aquarium, and Rosalind Franklin University of Medical Sciences. Biology students are well-trained by hypothesis-driven coursework. While a major or minor in biology is great preparation for postgraduate training in academic research or the health professions, our students also become competitive graduates and professionals in industry and fields like environmental policy, education and museum administration.

Department News

  • Image preview
    A nationally noted addiction expert and several alumni will be the highlight of the 14th NeuroFrontiers Workshop on April 25 at Lake Forest College. This workshop celebrates the capstone research projects of five biology and neuroscience courses and the induction of new members of the college’s chapter of Nu Rho Psi (the national neuroscience honorary). Seven biology and pschology alumni Dr. Thomas Carr ’70, Ph.D., Dr. Nijee Sharma Luthra 04, M.D./Ph.D., Dr. Isaac Holmes ’05, M.D., Dr. Arun Paul ’05, M.D./Ph.D., Dr. Katrina Brandis ’07, Ph.D., Dr. Michael White ’07, M.D., and Jaime Perez Pineda ’10 will be honored.
  • Image preview
    Lake Forest College neuroscience and biology students prove that thirteen is not only a lucky number, but doubly so.  Our students have once again, for the thirteenth year in a row, won prizes for outstanding undergraduate research at the prestigious 2015 Chicago Society for Neuroscience (CSfN) conference, which was held at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on March 20.
  • Image preview
    An insect expert from The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago came to campus to talk about evolutionary diversification of ants.

Faculty

  • <span class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5317-automorphic-infinite-products"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/80/height/80/crop/1/src_region/207,0,1444,1236/20990_yuen-shanghai-conference-banner.jpg" alt="Image preview" class="lw_image" width="80" height="80"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5317-automorphic-infinite-products">Automorphic infinite products</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5664-providing-insight-on-nuclear-talks"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/80/height/80/crop/1/25482_screen_shot_2015-04-01_at_24903_pm.jpg" alt="Image preview" class="lw_image" width="80" height="80"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5664-providing-insight-on-nuclear-talks">Providing insight on nuclear talks</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5283-standout-poetry"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/80/height/80/crop/1/src_region/0,246,1179,1425/23894_loisbaerbarrphoto.jpg" alt="Image preview" class="lw_image" width="80" height="80"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5283-standout-poetry">Standout poetry</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5538-hitting-the-canadian-airwaves"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/80/height/80/crop/1/24857_hahn_on_french_radio_2.jpg" alt="Image preview" class="lw_image" width="80" height="80"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5538-hitting-the-canadian-airwaves">Hitting the Canadian airwaves</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5703-50000-watt-reach"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/80/height/80/crop/1/src_region/0,3,119,122/25533_unknown-5.jpeg" alt="Image preview" class="lw_image" width="80" height="80"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5703-50000-watt-reach">50,000-watt reach</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5344-super-bowl-loser-city-of-phoenix"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/80/height/80/crop/1/src_region/0,0,225,225/24152_superbowl.jpeg" alt="Image preview" class="lw_image" width="80" height="80"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5344-super-bowl-loser-city-of-phoenix">Super Bowl loser: City of Phoenix</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5545-helen-bond-receives-jack-benny-award"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/80/height/80/crop/1/24889_helen_bond_photo.jpg" alt="Image preview" class="lw_image" width="80" height="80"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5545-helen-bond-receives-jack-benny-award">Helen Bond receives Jack Benny Award</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5319-major-gamble"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/80/height/80/crop/1/24008_vegas.jpeg" alt="Image preview" class="lw_image" width="80" height="80"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5319-major-gamble">Major gamble</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5456-a-teachable-moment"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/80/height/80/crop/1/src_region/0,9,308,317/16364_weekly_news.jpg" alt="Image preview" class="lw_image" width="80" height="80"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5456-a-teachable-moment">A teachable moment</a></div>

Internships

  • <span class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5329-multiple-offers"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/80/height/80/crop/1/src_region/0,0,534,534/24087_cj_black_2.jpg" alt="Image preview" class="lw_image" width="80" height="80"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5329-multiple-offers">Multiple offers</a></div>

Alumni

  • <span class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5322-new-student-athlete-endowment-honors-baracani-49"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/80/height/80/crop/1/src_region/166,0,836,670/24022_012015-baracani-bum-enjoys-dinner.jpg" alt="Image preview" class="lw_image" width="80" height="80"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5322-new-student-athlete-endowment-honors-baracani-49">New student-athlete endowment honors Baracani ’49</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5694-advancing-in-liberal-arts"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/80/height/80/crop/1/25516_b9316862514z1_20150405165014_000_gseado8l21-0.jpg" alt="Image preview" class="lw_image" width="80" height="80"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5694-advancing-in-liberal-arts">Advancing in liberal arts</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5291-mentoring-scientists-nationally"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/80/height/80/crop/1/src_region/0,83,1238,1321/23965_duncan_danne.jpg" alt="Image preview" class="lw_image" width="80" height="80"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5291-mentoring-scientists-nationally">Mentoring scientists nationally</a></div>