Research in Biology

Sparking students’ research interests and improving science literacy and ethical reasoning, strengthens opportunities for employment and creates engaged citizens

Students benefit when learning from faculty who are working to advance basic discovery and the translation of results to public health concerns, education, grand challenges, and understanding the human and world condition. It is in the lab, the studio, the field, the community, and the classroom that faculty can and do inspire their students’ passion for research and creativity.

Biology Researcher on NPR

Using Fruit Flies to Understand the Genetics of Neurological Disorders
June 19, 2020 • On University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Week: Can fruit flies help us understand more about human neurological disorders? Eugenia Olesnicky Killian, associate professor in the department of biology, determines how their genes can help us understand our own. Dr. Olesnicky Killian completed an undergraduate degree in Biology from Drew University and MSc and PhD degrees in Developmental Genetics from New York University. She also completed two postdoctoral fellowships in craniofacial biology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and in RNA regulation during neural development at Princeton University. Her research focuses on understanding the roles that RNA binding proteins play in nervous system development and neurodegeneration. Dr. Olesnicky Killian teaches Genetics, Molecular Genetics and Developmental Neurobiology.
Biology Museum of Natural History
A hub of research and learning at UCCS
Our museum includes specimens representing a broad diversity of mammals, including representatives from Infraclass Eutheria, Subclass Theria and Subclass Prototheria.