The Biological Sciences department is one of the largest at the university, challenging over one hundred graduate students and nearly seven hundred undergraduates to view biology from new perspectives based both on content and research experience. Utilizing the rich natural and human resources of South Hampton Roads including diverse ecological communities and a major biomedical and research complex, faculty are committed educators. Department facilities include the striking new Kaplan Orchid Conservatory, electron microscopes, state-of-the-art DNA facilities, and comprehensive analytical and field instruments. We own the 320 acre Blackwater Ecologic Preserve, part of the Zuni Pine Barrens State Natural Area and our students have access to a rich array of state and federal preserves including the Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge, Virginia Barrier Islands, Chesapeake Bay, and Back Bay.
A professor in the Biological Sciences Department at ODU, Gaff offered insight on staying safe, diagnosing tick-borne diseases and the impact climate change is having on tick populations. (More)
Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble Discusses Intersection of Race and Infectious Disease for 2022 Sonenshine Endowed Lecture Series
The medical expert highlighted disparities in health care, lecturing on parallels between the 1918 influenza epidemic and COVID, and the life of a pioneering African American physician. (More)