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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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  • MBIO A468: Geomicrobiology

    " "Microbial life and geological processes are linked and can be seen in global biogeochemical cycles, mineral formation and dissolution, and extreme environments. This course will explore how life to small to be seen with the naked eye can affect global and geologic processes. Open to Biology and Geology majors that have taken either MBIO 340 OR GEOL 360. This course meets the Senior Capstone Requirements. For more information, contact Dr. Brandon Briggs.

  •  Nanopore Day Demo at UAA

    Oxford Nanopore's minION sequencing device.During Friday’s Nanopore Day, UAA Biological Sciences students Xiao Bai, Ralf Dagdag and Matthew Redlinger led demonstrations featuring Oxford Nanopore’s hand-held MinION sequencing device. Researchers, including students at UAA, have begun to perform deep sequencing in their laboratories with the MinION sequencing device.

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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.






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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