WKU Department of Biology

WKU Department of Biology The Biology department offers the following specific majors: 1. Biology (B.S. & M.S.) 2. Molecular Biotechnology 3. Biochemistry 4. Medical Laboratory Sciences.

For more information contact the office at the phone number listed below or [email protected] The Department of Biology is comprised of (about) 29 faculty and academic professionals, approximately 60 full-time M.S. students and 900 undergraduate majors. The department is home to the Center for Biodiversity Studies, BISC (Informatics) Center and Biotechnology Center, integral parts of Western's Applied Research and Technology Program (ARTP). In 1998, the ARTP was recognized as a Program of Distinction by the state Council on Postsecondary Education. The Department of Biology has cooperative research agreements in place with the National Park Service, NSF, USDA, EPA, and participates in the NIH-sponsored Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network/INBRE and SKyTeach. The department owns or manages over 1200 acres of land to establish the Western Kentucky University Upper Green River Biological Preserve. In addition, the department owns a 43 acre farm on the outskirts of Bowling Green (approximately 20 min. from campus). Plus the department owns a 120 acre farm near the Barren River Lake. All of these properties are used for class field trips and research activities by members of the department. The Biology Department has moved its research labs and some teaching labs into the newly constructed, $20-million, Complex for Engineering and Biological Sciences and the even newer construction, New Snell Hall provides modern classroom and instructional lab space.

Operating as usual

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of one of our own WKU Biology students.  Shalyn Faith Cole...
05/11/2021

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of one of our own WKU Biology students. Shalyn Faith Coleman, a Biology major and Psychology minor with a pre-medical concentration, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2021. Scheduled to graduate this spring, she had plans to continue her education in Criminal Forensic Science. She was an avid reader and worked at the Great Escape Comic Bookstore. Shalyn loved WKU very much and was in marching band for 3 years where she played the saxophone. She was awarded multiple scholarships including a WKU Academic Merit Award, the Warren County Medical Society Scholarship, and the Dr. Todd and Mrs. Jean Cheever Pre-Medical Scholarship. Our condolences go out to all her friends and family. She will be greatly missed.

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of one of our own WKU Biology students. Shalyn Faith Coleman, a Biology major and Psychology minor with a pre-medical concentration, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2021. Scheduled to graduate this spring, she had plans to continue her education in Criminal Forensic Science. She was an avid reader and worked at the Great Escape Comic Bookstore. Shalyn loved WKU very much and was in marching band for 3 years where she played the saxophone. She was awarded multiple scholarships including a WKU Academic Merit Award, the Warren County Medical Society Scholarship, and the Dr. Todd and Mrs. Jean Cheever Pre-Medical Scholarship. Our condolences go out to all her friends and family. She will be greatly missed.

Our retiring faculty from the WKU Biology Department were celebrated at a reception on May 6, 2021.  Faculty that were h...
05/10/2021

Our retiring faculty from the WKU Biology Department were celebrated at a reception on May 6, 2021. Faculty that were honored were (from left to right) Drs. Cheryl Davis, Ken Crawford, Sigrid Jacobshagen, Claire Rinehart, Rob Wyatt, and Larry Alice. Combined, these six faculty have a total 158 years of experience and service to WKU! They will be greatly missed in our department but we wish them the best as they move into this new phase in their lives.

Our retiring faculty from the WKU Biology Department were celebrated at a reception on May 6, 2021. Faculty that were honored were (from left to right) Drs. Cheryl Davis, Ken Crawford, Sigrid Jacobshagen, Claire Rinehart, Rob Wyatt, and Larry Alice. Combined, these six faculty have a total 158 years of experience and service to WKU! They will be greatly missed in our department but we wish them the best as they move into this new phase in their lives.

05/02/2021

Congratulations to all our Department of Biology graduates! This included 121 from Biology, 11 from Biochemistry, 4 from Medical Laboratory Science, and 3 from our first ever cohort of Molecular Biotechnology majors. It also included 15 Master of Science Biology degrees, and 1 Biology for Teacher Leaders Masters of Education degree. Well done! We wish you the best as you move into the next exciting stage of your lives. Please keep in touch with the department as you move forward with your continued education and future careers.

Congratulations to Dr. Natalie Mountjoy of the Department of Biology for being awarded the 2021 WKU University Faculty T...
04/21/2021

Congratulations to Dr. Natalie Mountjoy of the Department of Biology for being awarded the 2021 WKU University Faculty Teaching Award! Well deserved!

Congratulations to Dr. Natalie Mountjoy of the Department of Biology for being awarded the 2021 WKU University Faculty Teaching Award! Well deserved!

Congratulations to WKU Biology professor Noah Ashley, who has been awarded a three-year, $429,768 grant from the Nationa...
03/19/2021

Congratulations to WKU Biology professor Noah Ashley, who has been awarded a three-year, $429,768 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to continue research on how stress is involved in regulating the inflammatory response to sleep loss. Both WKU undergraduate and graduate students will be supported to assist in this research effort. See full press releases below:

https://www.wku.edu/news/articles/index.php?view=article&articleid=9538

https://guthrie.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=387366

Congratulations to WKU Biology professor Noah Ashley, who has been awarded a three-year, $429,768 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to continue research on how stress is involved in regulating the inflammatory response to sleep loss. Both WKU undergraduate and graduate students will be supported to assist in this research effort. See full press releases below:

https://www.wku.edu/news/articles/index.php?view=article&articleid=9538

https://guthrie.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=387366

Drs. Natalie Mountjoy and Doug McElroy, in collaboration with Dr. Aniruddha Singh and other physicians and students at M...
01/14/2021

Drs. Natalie Mountjoy and Doug McElroy, in collaboration with Dr. Aniruddha Singh and other physicians and students at Med Center Health and the UK College of Medicine – Bowling Green Campus, published a paper entitled “Patient perspectives with telehealth visits in cardiology during COVID-19: online patient survey study” in the international journal JMIR Cardio. This is one of about a dozen clinical research projects taking place over the last year involving WKU faculty and students. If you’re a WKU student wanting to get involved in clinical research, just reach out to Dr. McElroy or Dr. Mountjoy. WKU pre-medical student John Michael Mills is shown below working at Med Center Health on one of these projects.

Drs. Natalie Mountjoy and Doug McElroy, in collaboration with Dr. Aniruddha Singh and other physicians and students at Med Center Health and the UK College of Medicine – Bowling Green Campus, published a paper entitled “Patient perspectives with telehealth visits in cardiology during COVID-19: online patient survey study” in the international journal JMIR Cardio. This is one of about a dozen clinical research projects taking place over the last year involving WKU faculty and students. If you’re a WKU student wanting to get involved in clinical research, just reach out to Dr. McElroy or Dr. Mountjoy. WKU pre-medical student John Michael Mills is shown below working at Med Center Health on one of these projects.

Congratulations to Molecular Biotechnology Major Graduate: Briana Markham graduated in December of 2020. In January of 2...
01/12/2021

Congratulations to Molecular Biotechnology Major Graduate: Briana Markham graduated in December of 2020. In January of 2021, she started to work in Dr. Wolfdieter Springer's Translational Cell Biology of Parkinson's Disease Lab at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. She also joined their Graduate Research Exploration Program. Briana, we wish you all the best in your future career!

Congratulations to Molecular Biotechnology Major Graduate: Briana Markham graduated in December of 2020. In January of 2021, she started to work in Dr. Wolfdieter Springer's Translational Cell Biology of Parkinson's Disease Lab at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. She also joined their Graduate Research Exploration Program. Briana, we wish you all the best in your future career!

Dr. Srivastava’s “Contemporary Issues in Biotechnology” Class – a requirement for the Molecular Biotechnology Major rece...
12/15/2020

Dr. Srivastava’s “Contemporary Issues in Biotechnology” Class – a requirement for the Molecular Biotechnology Major recently went on a virtual field trip to BridgeBio – a Biotechnology company located in the research triangle park in North Carolina. WKU Biology Graduate Student Alumnus from the Srivastava Lab, Mr. Mayank Kapadia showed the students around and talked to them about his role in this Gene Therapy company and his career path.

WKU Biology graduate student Samuel Tegge and WKU Biology professors Steve Huskey and Michael Smith, in collaboration wi...
12/07/2020

WKU Biology graduate student Samuel Tegge and WKU Biology professors Steve Huskey and Michael Smith, in collaboration with Chris Anderson from the University of South Dakota, published a research paper entitled "The role of hyoid muscles in biotremor production in Chameleo calyptratus" in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Their article was featured on the November 2020 cover of the journal with a photo of a chameleon taken by University Photographer Clinton Lewis. See the full press release here:
https://www.wku.edu/news/articles/index.php?view=article&articleid=9277

Biology 212 students got to enjoy some custom decorated, course themed cookies on their final day of in-person class. #S...
11/23/2020

Biology 212 students got to enjoy some custom decorated, course themed cookies on their final day of in-person class. #ScienceNerdCookies

Mask of the Day- WKU Neurobiology student Jennifer Wright
09/02/2020

Mask of the Day- WKU Neurobiology student Jennifer Wright

Welcome back to the Hill Biology students!  We survived the first week being socially distanced and wearing masks.  Here...
08/29/2020

Welcome back to the Hill Biology students! We survived the first week being socially distanced and wearing masks. Here is WKU Biology's Dr. Rodney King showing all the microbes that masks can block (he is a virologist after all) and Anatomy & Physiology students socially-distancing in the lab while learning how to keep their work stations clean and safe.

Congratulations to Dr. Cheryl Davis who retired from Western Kentucky University today after 29 years of service!  Chery...
07/01/2020

Congratulations to Dr. Cheryl Davis who retired from Western Kentucky University today after 29 years of service! Cheryl joined the Biology Department in 1991. With research interests in parasitology and immunology, she engaged many graduate and undergraduate research students in her laboratory, as well as in the classroom. She was honored with teaching awards from the Ogden College of Science and Engineering and WKU's Student Government Association and was selected to be a University Distinguished Professor in 2008. She served in many capacities including the President of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences, the lead faculty representative for the Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (KBRIN/INBRE), the interim dean of the Graduate School, and the Associate Provost for Research and Creative Activity. She has been a fantastic faculty and student mentor to many and a wonderful colleague. We will miss you, Cheryl! Come back and visit the Biology Department often!

05/18/2020
Congratulations Seniors

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2020! We are proud of you and wish you the best as you move into the next phases of your lives. Please keep in touch with us in the Biology Department! Stay well!

Let's face it, this isn't the way we wanted to celebrate, but you did it!! A HUGE congrats to all of our Spring 2020 gra...
05/16/2020

Let's face it, this isn't the way we wanted to celebrate, but you did it!! A HUGE congrats to all of our Spring 2020 graduates. We hope to see you on the hill in September! 🎉

Congrats to our upcoming graduates!
05/11/2020

Congrats to our upcoming graduates!

The Biology Department wishes to congratulate some upcoming graduates!

05/07/2020
Ask A Conservationist with Dr. Bruce Schulte

Dr. Bruce Schulte back at it!

The International Elephant Foundation's Ask A Conservationist series continues with Dr. Bruce Schulte, who walks us through his conservation story, his multi...

Congrats to all students who won awards! 🎉
04/27/2020

Congrats to all students who won awards! 🎉

Andrew J. Jones, a Graduate Student majoring in Geography and Environmental Studies and German, received the Outstanding Senior in Geography/Environmental Studies Award. Andrew holds a double-major in Geography and Environmental Studies, and German and is a student in the Mahurin Honors College. For his Honors thesis, he documented and mapped how German culture influenced the city of Covington, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Bowling Green High School where he took an AP Geography course that inspired his decision to major in Geography. While at WKU, he worked as an intern in the Stormwater Management Division of Warren County Public Works. After graduation, Mr. Jones plans to pursue graduate studies and a career as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst.

View all Ogden Student Awards here:
https://www.wku.edu/ogden/2020studentawards.php

What a great opportunity! Don’t miss out on this event.
04/23/2020

What a great opportunity! Don’t miss out on this event.

We are hosting a Question and answer session on April 28th at 3pm via Zoom for newly Admitted Students! Come with any questions you may have about your new academic home! #HilltopperFamily

Ogden College of Science & Engineering at WKU
04/22/2020

Ogden College of Science & Engineering at WKU

Happy Earth Day! Below are some ideas from The College Heights Herald on how to celebrate today!

1. Take a secluded walk
If you live out in the countryside like I do, a nice walk through Mother Nature would show your appreciation for Earth and allow you to get some fresh air. If you’re quarantined with someone, bring them along for the ride! But be sure to steer clear of other people and practice germ prevention. Clean up when you get home to be sure you’re clean.

2. Clean up your yard
If there is trash or weeds taking over your green grass, take some time to clean it up. Trim your bushes, pluck weeds or water dying plants, just take care of your little space if you have one!

3. Start a garden
Now that nicer weather is moving in, this is the perfect time to prepare your garden. Whether it’s fruits, vegetables, flowers or other plants, give back to the earth while getting your own goodies. Be sure to use materials that are safe and helpful to the environment. Do your research before choosing pesticides or fertilizers!

4. Practice using less single-use materials
It’s hard to find anything sustainable during these tough times, but do your best to reduce the amount of plastics you’re using. Instead of buying Styrofoam plates, buy reusable ceramic or heavy plastic plates that can be washed. If you’re the one making the grocery trip, take reusable bags instead of using the plastic bags at the store. If you have plastics that can be recycled, bag them or box them up for after quarantine.

5. Water your plants
I have several plants inside my house that I sometimes forget about. What better way to celebrate the Earth than by finally watering your thirsty flowers and ferns? Move them into the light if they need it, give them a healthy amount of water and help them come back to life.

6. Look through eco-friendly online stores
If you have that itch to spend money but can’t leave the house, why not try taking a break from Amazon? There are several brands with online stores that donate portions of money to conservation and cleanup around the world. Stores like EarthHero and Made Trade offer everything from home goods to clothing and accessories that are all eco-friendly. Sand Cloud sells metal straws, reusable drinkware, shirts and towels that are sustainable. A portion of the cost goes to help a variety of ocean cleanup organizations.

7. Do some research on Earth Day and how you can help every day
While Earth Day is technically only once a year, you can make everyday Earth Day. Earthday.org offers not only information on climate change, global cleanup and several other topics, but also gives you opportunities to pitch in and give back. You can find activities near you or send money to support people all over the world who are doing their part.

No matter how you celebrate Earth Day from home, being educated and aware is the most important thing you could do. Learn about how you can help and practice eco-friendly habits. Enjoy your day of celebration safely and happily!

Features reporter Taylor Metcalf can be reached at 270-745-6291 and [email protected].

WKU Day of Caring is happening tomorrow! This is an opportunity to celebrate all the connections made because of WKU. So...
04/08/2020

WKU Day of Caring is happening tomorrow! This is an opportunity to celebrate all the connections made because of WKU. So, get ready to reminisce about favorite WKU memories and meet new friends over social media as we honor what we all know makes WKU special– the strength of the WKU Family.

Ways to connect:
1. Join - Participate in social challenges and include #TogetherWKU

2. Share - Ask others to join in the Hilltopper fun!

3. Support - Support students by sharing messages of encouragement or by making a gift to any of the following funds: Emergency Student Assistance, Food Insecurity, Alumni Association Initiatives Fund and others in college specific areas!

Western Kentucky University
03/31/2020

Western Kentucky University

Using online tools such as Labster, WKU Biology professor Dr. Rodney King and his Fermentation Microbiology students are exploring the importance of good sanitization practices and how to isolate and work with pure strains of yeast in the brewing process.

Last week, King used a Labster exercise to teach the underlying principles of pure culture and allow students to practice the streak plate technique, a technique used by microbiologists to isolate pure cultures of desired microorganisms. Students were then shown how pure colonies of yeast look on a nutrient agar plate.

“Sanitization is an essential concept in brewing,” King said. In order to demonstrate that microorganisms are everywhere and why sanitization is critical, King asked students to swab areas in the room and streak the swab across a nutrient agar plate. After incubation, the students could see if any microbes grew. “We then discussed why some areas were teeming with microbes and why some appeared to have much fewer or none.”

Dr. Rodney King teaches Fermentation Microbiology as part of the WKU Brewing and Distilling Arts and Sciences Program. The multidisciplinary certificate program helps prepare students who want to work in the business side of industry as well as those who may be interested in biology, chemistry, and agriculture. For more information, visit www.wku.edu/bdas.

#WKU #ClimbWithUs #microbiology #brewing
Ogden College of Science & Engineering at WKU

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Western Kentucky University is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a city with a population of 50,000, and located approximately 110 miles south of Louisville and 65 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee. U.S. Highway 31-W and Interstate 65 intersect with U.S. Highways 68 and 231 at Bowling Green, and the Cumberland and William H. Natcher parkways provide additional easy highway access to Bowling Green. WKU has an undergraduate population of over 18,000 students and is the fastest growing university in the commonwealth.

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