Biological Sciences Concentration Areas

Each student will associate with, and be advised through, one of the Biological Sciences concentration areas:

Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, & SystematicsBehavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics

An interdisciplinary approach to fundamental and applied research in the areas of behavior, ecology, evolution, systematics, and related disciplines utilizing our strong links to the Smithsonian Institution and other federal research organizations in the metro DC area.

Concentration Area Director: Dr. Carlos Machado

Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, and GenomicsComputational Biology, Bioinformatics, and Genomics

Specialized multi-disciplinary training and research opportunities in different aspects of computational biology and genomics that prepares students for scholarship and leadership in the field. Challenges in computational biology and genomics range from understanding sequence data to the analysis of protein structure and protein-protein interactions, prediction and high-throughput assessment of biological function and the study of gene networks.

Concentration Area Director: Dr. Najib El-Sayed

Molecular and Cellular Biology Molecular and Cellular Biology

Multi-disciplinary training and research opportunities in the broad areas of cell biology, molecular biology, plant systems , virology, microbiology, and related disciplines supported by faculty from six departments at the University of Maryland, the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and several institutes of the National Institutes of Health.

Concentration Area Director: Dr. Kevin McIver

Physiological SystemsPhysiological Systems:Neurobiology & Biophysics

Dedicated to understanding the function of biological processes at the physical, mechanistic, and systems levels. We are training the next generation of research scientists in a physiological and systems perspective towards tackling fundamental problems of biological systems, using multidisciplinary approaches and cutting-edge technologies.

Concentration Area Director: Dr. Elizabeth Quinlan