About the Department
The NSU Biology Department is one of the largest at Norfolk State, with nearly 300 majors and 20 faculty and staff. Our dedicated Teacher/Scholars strive to develop each student’s ability to discover, evaluate and communicate knowledge, making informed ethical decisions while nurturing an understanding of interdependencies with the environment.
Through their research and outreach, biology faculty members work to advance knowledge and encourage creative activity that can lead to the discovery of new solutions to significant global and humanitarian problems. This discovery process is integrated into the educational experiences of our students through novel course-based research projects. The department is also dedicated to providing leadership and building partnerships resulting in public outreach and community development.
The Biology department would like to welcome new and returning students to campus for the start of the Fall 2016 semester. Approximately 70 new biology majors will join our department this semester! They were welcomed with refreshments at Freshman Orientation on Friday, August 19th in Woods Science Building Rm 118. Students got to meet their academic advisors and other faculty members, learn about relevant student organizations and receive some basic academic advisement from our Chair, Dr. Abdullah-Israel. We hope you have a great semester!
NSU Biology News
NSU Biology majors Shajaylyn Lee-Combs, and Cariana Taliaferro are members of the Via College of Osteopathic Medicine's Class of 2020 at Virginia Tech. Norfolk State University has an articulation agreement with VCOM that includes an Early Acceptance Program. For more information, please CLICK HERE. Congratulations Shajaylyn and Cariana!
Norfolk State University professors once again teamed up with the Children’s Museum of Virginia for an event entitled Building with Biology on July 16. The event, part of a nationwide festival, included hands-on activities designed to encourage interest in the emerging field of synthetic biology and other related science fields. Events are taking place at more than 150 museums and institutions throughout the country during the summer of 2016. NSU Biology faculty and students who participated were: Dr. Ashley Haines, Dr. Rajeev Chandra, Jordan Bluford ('16), Elvira Besong, Kimaya Council, Lauren Karr, Ezekiel Wamble and Raisa Roxas.
NSU’s STARS Summer Research Program students presented their research projects at Howard University during the Annual Washington Baltimore Hampton Roads – Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (WBHR-LSAMP) Research Symposium and won four of the six awards. NSU Biology students Raisa Roxas and Brandeis Little won second place for the research into rotifer cryptobiology and dispersal mechanisms mentored by Dr. Joseph D'Silva. Also, receiving an award at this year's LSAMP meeting was biology faculty member Ms. Maureen Scott, who was awarded Outstanding Research Mentor of the Year for Norfolk State University. Congratulations!Recent Faculty Publications
Dr. Ashley Haines published in the ASM journal Genome Announcements. The paper was co-authored by three NSU biology undergraduate researchers. AN Haines, E Nebergall, E Besong, K Council, O Lambert, D Gauthier. (2016) Draft Genome Sequences for Seven Streptococcus parauberis Isolates from Wild Fish in the Chesapeake Bay. Genome Announcements. 4(4):e00741-16.
Dr. GT Ramesh published and article in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology. Patil et al. (2015). Apigenin inhibits PMA-induced expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines and AP-1 factors in A549 cells; Mol Cell Biochem: 403(1-2): 95-106.
Rajeev Chandra, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology published an article in Science and Technology Journal. Chandra, R. , 2015. Assisted reproductive technologies in controlling infertility: An overview. Science and Technology Journal, Vol 3(11):32-37