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Graduate Research in Biology

The Department of Biology provides expertise in many areas of the biological sciences ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem.  Although individual faculty members differ in their areas of interest, all recognize the constant changes occurring in the understanding of biological processes and the increasingly integrative nature of the sciences.  The Master's degree program at Fresno State seeks to capture the dynamic character of the biological sciences through a combination of courses and a research-based thesis.  Graduate students in the Master's program select a thesis adviser primarily based on common interests.  The thesis, however, represents the unique research interests of each student as guided by the research adviser and thesis committee.

Our faculty represent commitment and expertise in mentoring students in research. Congratulations to Dr. Mamta Rawat, who received the 2014 Faculty Research Award from CSUPERB, the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology:

Dr. Mamta Rawat receives research awardL-R:

  • Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea (Dept. Chair, CSU Fresno Biology)
  • Dr. Susan Elrod (Dean, CSU Fresno College of Science and Math)
  • Dr. Shirley Kovacs (Professor, CSU Fresno Biology)
  • Dr. Mamta Rawat (Professor, CSU Fresno Biology)
  • Dr. Jill Adler-Moore (Professor, Cal Poly Pomona)
  • Dr. Susan Baxter (CSUPERB Executive Director)

Faculty within the Biology Department address a wide range of questions spanning from the cellular/molecular level to the organismal/ecosystem level. Please contact individual faculty members directly for more information about their research programs.

Faculty Research Areas

Environmental, Evolutionary and Ecological Systems Physiological, Behavioral and Developmental Systems Molecular, Cellular and Genetic Systems
Blumenshine Blumenshine Bush
Constable Calderon-Urrea Calderon-Urrea
Crosbie Constable Crosbie
Kern Lent Gousset
Mujic Müller Lent
Reece Rawat Mujic
Ross Riley Rawat
Telemeco Telemeco
Tsukimura Riley
Walter Walter Ross
  Van Laar


Our faculty have collaborated with researchers at a broad array of national and international universities and receive funding a range of federal (e.g., National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency) and state agencies (e.g., California Fish and Game Department, California Agriculture and Technology Institute, California Department of Water Resources ) along with a range of industry groups.

Student completing the M.S. degree are prepared to a diverse array of career opportunities in the biological sciences including continuation to a Ph.D. degree.  Training in the biological sciences provides opportunities in a range of employment sectors including government, industry, and education. Specific employment areas may include laboratory management, quality control, environmental management and conservation, the biotechnology industry, health care research, ecology, agricultural production and inspection, pest control, and marine sciences among others.