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Department of Biological Sciences

RESEARCH. LIFE. EVOLUTION.

Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences

Biological sciences delve into the world of living organisms — from microbes, to human beings, to entire ecosystems. It is the science of life on, under and above earth.

 

The Department of Biological Sciences provides you with hands-on learning, moving you beyond textbooks and lectures to engaging research projects. Biology is a research-intensive science that can lead to a wide range of study areas, like environmental work, medicine, microbiology or agriculture. Exploring the nature of life leads biologists out into the world where they study how organisms interact with their environment, how they function and how they evolved over time.

Department Highlights

Pathway RX team

U of L scientists find certain cannabis extracts may help prevent acute respiratory distress in COVID-19 patients

In some COVID-19 patients, the immune system goes into overdrive and starts attacking the body itself in what’s called a cytokine storm. When lung tissue is attacked, it can lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and the need for a patient to be placed on a ventilator.

Drs. Olga and Igor Kovalchuk, professors in University of Lethbridge’s Department of Biological Sciences, along with researchers from Pathway RX (a research company focused on developing custom cannabis therapies), have found that certain cannabis strains show the potential to tamp down an immune system that’s gone into overdrive, thus preventing ARDS from developing. The study is currently undergoing peer review but is available as a preprint on Research Square. The study is a followup to recent research the Kovalchuks conducted that showed certain Cannabis sativa extracts may reduce COVID-19’s ability to enter human cells.

Jenny McCune

Federal government needs to do more to protect endangered plants, says U of L researcher

Canada’s plants are the middle child of species conservation in Canada, receiving far less attention than mammals and birds. Even though plants and lichens make up 37 percent of Canada’s at-risk species, the federal funding they receive is less than a third of that number.

Dr. Jenny McCune, a University of Lethbridge professor in biological sciences and Board of Governors Research Chair in Plant Conservation, and Peter Morrison, a graduate student at McGill University, examined how many plant species listed under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) grow on private or federal lands. Plants listed under SARA are only protected from destruction only if they grow on federal land.

Research Internship Concentration

Research Internship Concentration

Imagine being the first to discover something about a gene, a cell, an organism or an ecosystem! The Research Internship Concentration allows you to make discovery through biological research an integral part of your university program.

In your first year, after an orientation to the tools necessary to conduct research in one of the many biological sub-fields, you will be participating in unique and current research projects. Each subsequent year will build on these skills with an emphasis on designing, carrying out, and presenting the results from research projects under the guidance of faculty and graduate students.  You will also have the opportunity to carry out independent research by choosing to do Independent Studies or an Undergraduate Thesis in your final year.

 

Career Bridge | Co-operative Education & Applied Studies

Career Bridge

 

Put Your Knowledge to Work 

Whether you’re looking for a more in-depth learning experience by assisting with research projects on campus or by testing your knowledge in a real-life work setting, we can help! The programs available in the Career Bridge office will provide you with a solid foundation for further studies and an excellent framework for a challenging and rewarding career — whatever direction you decide to go. Explore career options, participate in research and develop skills that complement your degree.

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