The Department of Comparative Biosciences explores and teaches about important problems in basic biomedical research at multiple levels of biological organization, from molecular to whole animal.
Scientists in the department currently hold more than $52 million in research funds to support studies in cancer, musculoskeletal disease, metabolism, neuroscience, respiratory biology, reproduction, and development. Faculty are active in research centers across campus, such as the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, the Carbone Cancer Center, the Waisman Center, and the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Center.
Comparative Biosciences faculty and staff have earned awards in teaching and mentoring. The department is also dedicated to training the next generation of researchers and widely participates in undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate training programs across campus.
The department’s service extends to the national and international levels. Faculty have held leadership roles in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, the American Physiological Society, the American Society for Reproductive Immunology, American Urological Association. The department is also broadly represented on study sections for the National Institutes of Health and other funding organizations.