Biological Sciences At Florida Tech

A woman student in a lab coat and protective eyewear works in the lab.The biological sciences are concerned with living organisms, especially the chemical and physical processes supporting life and the interactions of living organisms with their environment. The biological sciences programs at Florida Tech are composed of a diverse and interactive group of scientists and students whose work spans the entire breadth of biology. Biological sciences faculty number around 10 and the student body includes  30 master's and doctoral students and approximately 140 undergraduate majors.

Two students reviewing researchThe biology programs are housed in the F.W. Olin Life Sciences Building (LSB). LSB contains eight teaching labs, 12 modern research labs, a 16-workstation computer facility, and an electron microscopy suite. The building also includes animal care facilities for housing small mammals and reptiles and a temperature-controlled 800 sq. ft greenhouse. The department has excellent teaching facilities with a state-of-the-art multimedia auditorium and classroom.

Biological Sciences FacultyResearchers working in dry lab

Ten faculty members represent the biological sciences programs at Florida Tech. While many other research universities contain specialized and isolated departments based on biological subdisciplines, we have assembled a spectrum of experts who excel within specialized areas, yet are committed to an interdisciplinary approach to the study of life sciences.

List of Faculty Members

Dr Melissa Borgen, Assistant Professor

Dr Tristan Fiedler, Assistant Professor

Dr Julia Grimwade, Professor and Program Chair

Dr Eric Guisbert, Associate Professor

Dr Karen Kim Guisbert, Assistant Research Professor

Dr Alan Leonard, Professor

Dr Kenia Nunes, Assistant Professor

Dr Andrew Palmer, Associate Professor

Dr Charles Polson, Associate Professor

Dr Shaohua Xu, Associate Professor