The mission of the Department of Biology is to combine internationally recognized research programs with a commitment to the very best in undergraduate and graduate education. Work in the Department is impressively interdisciplinary. For example, faculty research programs include the characterization of global ecosystem biology; the use of model systems to dissect gene expression, mammalian development, behavior, disease and evolution; and the development of genomics tools to study the architecture of gene expression and genome evolution. This research breadth allows the Department of Biology to tackle important questions in biology in an environment that encourages discussion and collaboration across different disciplines. From such strength the department has built outstanding research and educational programs in Ecology, Evolution & Biodiversity; the Molecular Basis of Behavior; Plant Science; Microbial Biology; Cell & Developmental Biology; Molecular Biology & Genetics and Genomics & Bioinformatics that are available for undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral scientists.