SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Welcome to the School of Biological Sciences, the premiere life sciences academic unit at UMKC. Our mission, to create an environment of academic and research excellence, has come to pass over the course of our 25 years of existence and we are poised to head the University's strategic effort to "Lead in the Life and Health Sciences". Currently, we offer the only comprehensive life sciences academic program in the Kansas City metropolitan area, conferring biological sciences degrees at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Our academic programs are tailored to meet the needs of a growing life sciences workforce, both here in the Kansas City region and across the nation. We take great pride in the accomplishments of our graduates, many of whom are now in academic research positions at outstanding institutions in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, our programs have a high success rate at placing students into health professional academic programs as well as preparing others for direct entry into the workforce.

An outstanding faculty lies at the heart of a great educational program, and the faculty of the School of Biological Sciences are some of the very best scholars and teachers at UMKC. Research performed by our faculty is routinely reported in some of the very best basic biological sciences journals. Funding for our research programs comes primarily from grant awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Our faculty perform research on fundamental problems in structural biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, developmental biology, microbial pathogenesis, and others areas of modern cellular and molecular biology. Aided by cutting edge research core facilities and outstanding infrastructure, our faculty members are responsible for attracting over $40 million in total research awards over the last decade.

The field of life sciences is changing at a rapidly accelerating pace. One downside to this is that information becomes outdated quickly putting an even greater importance on maintaining research excellence as a core mission of our School. Our academic programs benefit greatly from our research efforts by providing our students a window into the changing face of modern biology. Supporting our outstanding faculty and maintaining research excellence is paramount as we move into our second 25 years and beyond.

If you are a prospective student, I urge you to contact us to arrange a tour of our facilities and to meet our faculty and students. We would like very much to meet you and spend some time introducing you to the School. If you are a graduate of the School of Biological Sciences, come visit us when you can and see the exciting things that are happening at the School. In the mean time, I invite you to register with us on our web site Alumni Page so that we can maintain contact with you. We'd love to hear from you.

Sincerely,

Lawrence A. Dreyfus, Dean