OEB News

Hopi HoekstraOEB Prof. Hopi Hoekstra has been awarded the 2015 National Academy of Sciences Richard Lounsbery Award for her work probing the molecular basis of how adaptation to novel selective pressures establishes and sustains diversity during evolution.  Full story.
Richard LewontinThe Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded, Professor Emeritus, Richard Lewontin, The Crafoord Prize in Biosciences 2015 for his pioneering contributions to the understanding of genetic polymorphism.  Full story.
pumbkins-holbrookJust how big can can fruit grow? A new study co-authored by OEB Professor, N. Michele Holbrook and her former postdoc (current Putnam Fellow) Jessica Savage answers that question in the latest issue of Plant, Cell & Environment. Their research is spotlighted in BBC Earth.  Full story.
Jim HankenNature Communications published a new study co-authored by OEB Professor, James Hanken, that shows the pattern for skull development in frogs is different than that of other vertebrates. Full story
Pardis SabetiOEB Professor, Pardis Sabeti, and Researcher Stephen Gire, receive honorable mention as 2014 Bostonians of the year for their work on Ebola Full story
Pardis SabetiOEB Professor, Pardis Sabeti, among Ebola fighters named Time's 'Person of the Year.' Full story
Sarah KocherA new study co-authored by Sarah Kocher (postdoc in OEB Prof. Naomi Pierce's lab) and Prof. Martin Nowak, finds that the slower 'eusocial' system in nature offers high risks and high rewards. Full story

OEB Faculty Spotlight

OEB Research in Focus

Current Research Areas


Groundbreaking research in the life sciences is now more interdisciplinary than ever and it is often the case that OEB faculty work in more than one of these areas.

OEB Strategic Partners

The Broad Institute is a research collaboration of MIT and Harvard, created to bring the power of genomics to medicine. Colleen Cavanaugh, Dan Hartl, Maryellen Ruvolo, and Pardis Sabetiare associate members of the institute.

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Undergraduate Study

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The OEB concentration provides opportunities for students to study biological diversity in the field, whether close to home or abroad.

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Graduate Program


OEB Graduate students participate in collaborative forefront research in their chosen area of study.

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