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The Department of Biology at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa teaches its students a greater appreciation and understanding of living systems, using the unique environment of Hawaii as a natural laboratory for study. Learn More >

Students and faculty in the Department of Biology are passionate about their research, and have often received recognition for their work and dedication. See some of our recent achievements.

"Sea Spiders Pump Blood With Their Guts, Not Their Hearts" - Dr. Amy Moran featured in The Atlantic! 07.14.17

In an article by The Atlantic published on July 10, 2017 by Ed Yong, UH Manoa's own Dr. Amy Moran was featured for her work studying sea spiders.

Evolution of Autism-like Behaviors in cavefish: an emerging discovery platform for Autism treatments 05.22.17

US national reported that 1-2% of students are diagnosed with autism. Autism is difficult to treat because it is based on many subtle mutations in multiple genes.

2017 Tester Symposium Winners 05.02.17

This year, the winners from the Annual Tester Symposium included: 

Biology Professor's research on Cavefish may lead to therapeutic methods in autism, schizophrenia 07.21.16

The research group is led by Prof. Masato Yoshizawa, an Assistant Professor with the Manoa Department of Biology.

Prof. Megan Porter's Research Featured in article in ScienceNews! 07.07.16

Prof. Porter's research "Shedding new light on opsin evolution" helped shed light on the variance and murkiness of animal opsin proteins.

Pia Untalan Olafson

Molecular biologist studying blood-feeding arthropods. Mom. Texas transplant.”  If you’d shown me this byline 25 years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined it was describing my future self...and it all stems from an application I submitted to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Undergraduate Research Fellowship during my second year as an undergraduate at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Lisa A. Privitera

I learned how to SCUBA dive at the age of 14, and made my first “open-water” dive in a cold, dark quarry in Ontario, Canada.  I think I saw two fish; however, this experience sparked my interest in marine biology, and my desire to study in warmer waters, so I began my college education in Florida with the intention of pursuing a career in marine biology.

Seminar Series »

Biology / Botany Seminar Series

Fridays 3:30 - 4:20 p.m. in BIL 150

Art-Sci: Where Art and Science Meet

Panel Discussion: Paul Wiessman, Marcia Pasqua, Margo Vitarelli, Megan Porter, Mark Hixon, Bob Thomson

Aug 25 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

BILGER HALL 150 - Please note the location change