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We are known for our commitment to provide undergraduate majors with maximum opportunities in faculty-directed field and lab research, ranging from molecular and cell-based studies to conservation, ecology, animal physiology and toxicology research.

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Our master's program trains developing life scientitsts to discover new knowledge through rigorous scientific experimentation and critical reasoning. We also participate in a cooperative Ph.D. program through the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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  • Faculty Spotlight

    Kathryn Milligan-Myhre, assistant professor of biological sciences, leads a micro and genetics lab for students in the Della Keats Health Sciences Summer Program earlier this summer.

    A lab of her own

    Biological Sciences Assistant Professor, Dr. Kat Milligan-Myhre helps cultivate inclusive opportunities in the health sciences for students from underrepresented backgrounds including Alaska Native students and students from rural Alaska.

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  • Published Straight Out of Class

    Dr. Brandon Briggs holding microbes modified using CRISPR.

    As part of their final project in BIOL A451: Microbial Biotechnology, UAA Biological Sciences students James Wilson, Sarah Gering, Jessica Pinard and Ryan Lucas worked under the mentorship of Dr. Brandon Briggs to investigate how genetically engineering microbial pathways and enzymes can lead to better bio-production of ethylene, isoprene and isobutene — gaseous alkenes that can be used to create industrial chemicals and polymers. Their findings were published in Biotechnology for Biofuels.

  • Student Research & Success

    Health Sciences major Savannah Green prepares a solution while assisting UAA Biology Masters student Justin Elem on his masters thesis project in the research wing of the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building. Elem and Green are studying the cells of anoxiatolerant vertebrates and their function during times of oxygen deprivation.

    Turtle research leads to European travel opportunity

    Two Biological Sciences undergraduate researchers, Savannah Green and Diarmid Hall will be traveling to Florence, Italy this July, to present at the Society for Experimental Biology Main Meeting.

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  • 2018 Voices for Science
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    Biological Sciences Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr. Kathy Kelsey was selected by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for their 2018 Voices for Science program. Dr. Kelsey was selected from a competitive applicant pool, based on demonstrated leadership and the potential to positively influence the local community. As part of the Voices for Science program, Dr. Kelsey will receive support from AGU in conducting and organizing outreach opportunities, expense-paid travel to Washington D.C. for an April workshop and the AGU Fall Meeting in December, and the opportunity to network and collaborate with the 29 other scientists selected for the program.






Academic Advisors Dr. Deborah Duricka and David House
If you have questions about the Biological Sciences program, contact the Academic Advisors for the College of Arts and Sciences:
Deborah Duricka, Ph.D.
(907) 786-4710
David House
(907) 786-4378 
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Department of Biological Sciences
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive, CPSB 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Telephone: (907) 786-1298

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