Department of Biological Sciences
  • Biological Sciences Department is located in Harned Hall

    Harned Hall

  • Biology Undergrad Symposium

    Annual Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium

  • Native Blue on Prickly Pear

    Native Blue Cactus Borer Caterpillar Emerging from Prickly Pear

  • Heliconius erato

    Tagged Heliconius erato hybrid in French Guiana

  • Cyclura carinata

    Tagged male Cyclura carinata, Turks & Caicos

  • Sipsey Trip

    Overnight field trip to Sipsey Wilderness Area

  • Water Lilies

    Water Lilies at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

Departmental News

(2014-06-16) Biological Sciences Student Presents Best Image at Microscopy Conference - Gabriel (Gabe) Posadas, Biological Sciences M.S. student in Microbiology, recently attended the 50th Annual Southeastern Microscopy Society Meeting in Columbia, South Carolina. The image he entered into a student competition at the meeting was awarded "Best Image Generated by an Electron Microscope." His image, an enteric bacterium, Fusobacterium necrophorum, interacting with a yeast probiotic, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, was taken using a scanning electron microscope here at the MSU Institute for Imaging & Analytical Technologies.

Gabe conducts research under the direction of Dr. Janet Donaldson, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences.

(2014-06-13) Evolutionary Protistology Laboratory Discovers Previouly Unknown Organism - Dr. Matthew Brown, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, teaches students in his research lab techniques for isolating and describing morphological and molecular characteristics of microscopic organisms. Follow the link below for the story describing the lab's discovery of a new life form found in a Harned Hall courtyard mud puddle.

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(2014-05-05) Coley and White Receive Armando De La Cruz Travel Awards - Biological Sciences students Aressa Coley (graduate student) and Sally White (undergraduate student), have been selected for the De La Cruz $250 travel expense award to present at scientific conferences this summer.

(2014-05-01) Jessica Martin Receives Arts & Sciences 2013 Undergraduate Research Award - Jessica Martin, M.S. student in Biological Sciences under the direction of Dr. Mark Welch, received the 2013 Undergraduate Student in Arts & Sciences Research Award at the MSU Annual Research Awards Banquet on Wednesday, April 30.

While performing undergraduate research, Jessica received nine awards totaling over $9000 for research and travel and was awarded 2nd place at the Shackouls Undergraduate Research Symposium in both April and July of 2012. She has been involved with many on-campus organizations including the Society of Scholars, Phi Kappa Phi, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Beta Beta Beta and the Oktibbeha County Humane Society Student Chapters, among others.

Jessica plans to earn a Ph.D. and teach at a university or return to San Diego (where she received a fellowship to study the California condor at the San Diego Zoo last summer)to continue conservation genetics research. She hopes to one day instill a passion for conservation in undergraduate and graduate students and guide them toward a career in making a difference in science.

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Contact Info

Department of Biological Sciences
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Mailstop: 9536
Mail: PO Box GY

TEL: 662.325.3120
FAX: 662.325.7939

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219 Harned Hall, 295 Lee Blvd,
Mississippi State, MS 39762


The Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University is home to 25 instructors and tenure-track faculty and more than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students. We offer three B.S. degrees (Biological Sciences, Microbiology, and Medical Technology) and three graduate degrees (an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in General Biology, a distance program for science teachers).

Research in the Department represents the breadth of the Biological Sciences, including work in Cellular and Developmental Biology, Microbiology, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Our faculty have received research funding from all major federal funding agencies, as well as many state and private funding sources, and we have nationally respected faculty in each of the major research disciplines named above.

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