CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

As we monitor novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are committed to ensuring that all students can fulfill their academic requirements as planned and to supporting students, faculty and staff.

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NOTE FROM THE CHAIR

The events that have unfolded in the last several months and years have left us heartbroken yet again. For the past ten days, hundreds of thousands of people across the US and the world have risen up to protest centuries of systemic racism and violence towards black people. Any human who sees the murder of George Floyd and so many others before him can only be sickened, saddened, and angered. Our hearts grieve with the victims’ families and friends. The longstanding institutionalized dehumanizing practices in this country against black people must stop. We must stand against these unacceptable actions and practices, and we must work together to abolish these unacceptable actions and practices.

Yet in this dark hour in the midst of a pandemic that has disproportionately impacted black and brown Americans, there is a ray of hope.  These protests have evoked a response from those we put in power to act.  All four police officers were charged – a small step in the direction of justice. We must realize the power of our democracy. 

As scholars, educators, and scientists, we strive to be logical, thoughtful, and unbiased in our thinking. We encourage the participation of everyone in the process of scientific inquiry and thought. Our humanity must embrace the beauty of our diversity. As a department, we pledge to focus our efforts on our commitment to a community of peace, equality, respect, inclusion, and safety for everyone. We know that healing and improving our community will take sustained effort and concrete actions. We dedicate this 2020-2021 academic year to developing and presenting a clear and sustainable plan that supports this commitment. We welcome all comments, suggestions, and critiques from faculty, colleagues, staff, and students as we move forward.        

Keep a watch out for future virtual town halls and workshops/training on UNCC’s website.

Dr. Pinku Mukherjee and Dr. Christine Richardson

The Department of Biological Sciences is an academic community of scientists and students engaged in advancing the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge in biological sciences. The Department is guided by the pursuit of excellence in research and education, by a creative and collaborative approach, and by an awareness of the global context in which the Department exists. 

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Extending Science’s Reach Through Collaboration

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Adam Reitzel is a marine biologist and self-described "nerd for invertebrates." His research focuses on understanding how marine organisms respond to their changing environment. This holds the potential to unlock clues about how species may be affected by ongoing climate change. His work is published in more than 70 papers and book chapters, impressive given his career as a professor began...

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Biological Sciences Doctoral Student Earns International Scholarship

   August 30, 2018

Mukulika Bose, a doctoral student in biological sciences, has received a 2018 P.E.O. International Scholarship from the P.E.O. Sisterhood,...

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UNC Charlotte, Gaston College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Collaborate to Increase Life Sciences Graduates with NSF Support

   April 19, 2018

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Cancer Researcher Pinku Mukherjee Receives First Citizens Bank Scholars Award

   April 12, 2018

Irwin Belk Endowed Professor for Cancer Research Pinku Mukherjee is the 2018 recipient of the First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal, UNC Charlotte’s most prestigious faculty award in recognition of excellence in research. She was honored formally at an awards ceremony Wednesday, April 11, at the Harris Alumni Center at Johnson Glen.

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Graduate School Dean Underwrites New Research Award

   March 1, 2018

The Graduate School is accepting applications for its newest graduate research grant, the Thomas L. Reynolds Graduate Student Research Fellowship. This unique award is named for the dean of the UNC Charlotte Graduate School.

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Students Study Coral Reefs As Part of Undergraduate Research

   January 18, 2018

The health of the world’s coral reefs garners much media attention, especially related to bleaching and global warming and concerns about chemicals, such as sunscreens and other toxic elements, that could be causing damage to these fragile ecosystems.

Two undergraduate students this summer worked with mentor Amy Ringwood, UNC...

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Helping Hand: Student Club Uses 3D Printers To Change Lives

   January 18, 2018

The UNC Charlotte students clustered around young Landon Boyer in the Woodward Hall classroom, just a few steps from the CCI Makerspace lab where they had coalesced as a team over the past semester.

Boyer flexed his elbow and curled the fingers of his new red and blue prosthetic hand around a bottle of tea. The students greeted...

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